We used to be best friends…
Magda used to be the girl everyone wanted to be – most likely to achieve her every wish. That is until suddenly her perfect life seems to be anything but!
Sophia has never regretted her life, sure it isn’t perfect, but being a single mum to a daughter she loves is pretty great. Perhaps she never moved away from home, or got to live out her dreams, but what she has right now isn’t so bad.
That is until an invitation to their school reunion arrives, throwing both their lives into a spin – because these two used to be friends and it might finally be time to face up to that one big mistake that happened all those years ago…I know Rebecca Pugh through Instagram, her book reviews and blog. I had no idea she was also an author of several novels as well so I was intrigued to read her book out of curiosity as much as from the blurb and front cover!
I confess this is not my usual genre and not a book I might have otherwise picked up but I am pleased I did. It does exactly what it says on the cover - it is laugh out loud and it is a feel good comedy. And let's face it, sometimes we could all do with just that! I read it on a long train journey the other weekend and it was the perfect way to pass the time. This is a great lazy afternoon or holiday read!
I wasn't quite prepared for the opening chapter! It is entertaining and relevant to the story, but also quite graphic and explicit! All I will say is that Pugh writes in detail for several pages about this rather intimate encounter her protagonist is currently embroiled in! It leaves little to the imagination but I guess it's an original and engaging way to open a novel - it works in Bridesmaids and it works here!
Pugh's writing is fluent, well paced, well judged and her characters feel relatable. I think the premise of a school reunion is immediately compelling and also allows her to force her characters into uncomfortable situations which mean they have to confront things they've tried to run away from. It's also a great way to force characters to reveal more about their past to people that they have just met or have only seen one side of them. Above all it is also a story about friendship and I think this is really well captured and written about with the perfect balance of drama, emotion, tension and humour. It is a heartwarming and happy story.
Pugh has a light turn of phrase, knows what she is doing, structures the plot very well and delivers all that she promises from her delightful front cover and inciting blurb. It's a quick read and perfect to slip into your suitcase or overnight bag this summer. One reviewer on Goodreads said the book was "full of sass" and I really like this description!
I don't want to write too much in this review - not because I can't or that I'll give anything away, but more because I think the book can speak for itself. I would recommend it to anyone who loves this genre and loves reading about the dynamics between young women and the dilemmas and problems that face them.
Right Here Waiting For You will be published by HQ Digital on 31st May 2017.
Rebecca has a high profile on social media and I follow her blog gotbooksbabe.blogspot.co.uk (previously Hummingbird Reviews). I would recommend you check out her book reviews if you get a chance as well as following her on Instagram and Twitter @RebeccaPAuthor
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