Book Love: I Heart London by Lindsey Kelk

Jess McGlynnFebruary 8, 2013

“It’s back” I hear you cry!  Well yes, kind of.  I managed to finish my book for the Duck Egg Book Club, squeeze in a bit of my Dickens book ‘The Pickwick Papers’ and finish another book, not bad going for January I don’t think!

I don’t think I’m going to manage to post a book review every Friday like I was at the end of last year but I did miss Book Love (and I am rather proud of my home-made badge *ahem*) so I’ll just post as and when and if anyone wants to join in then please do!

I Heart London by Lindsey Kelk
Angela’s back on home turf – and in her biggest romantic scrape yet

I requested this book from Tripfiction not realising it was part of an existing series.  I Heart London is about Angela Clark, british expat living in New York engaged to hunky American musician, friends with glam models and returning to England for the first time in 2 years since she ran away from her ex-boyfriend.

It all sounds very stereotypical doesn’t it?

The thing is, I really liked the premise of the book and I chose it because it sounded like the kind of chick lit I would enjoy reading but it’s a bit like when you find a really great sitcom and you have friends over and you’re telling them all about this hilarious program you’ve found and you decide to sit down and watch an episode with them.  You are most likely laughing away and your friends haven’t even cracked a smile.  I’m not the only person this has happened to right?  And I realised a while ago (possibly after the fourth or fifth time!) that it’s because I’ve built up an understanding of the characters, all their amusing quirks and interesting traits.  I’ve gone on a journey with them and understand them.  We have inside jokes.  We’re old friends.  That was this book, in a nutshell.

Frankly, I found Angela incredibly annoying.  I wrote in my notebook when I couldn’t sleep one night for thinking about the story “Oh no!  My life is so perfect and no one in England understands that I came to New York and landed on my feet.  I better throw in a few common phrases and drink like a horse to make myself more accessible.”  That’s pretty much it.  She has an odd mix of English and American phrases, which I suppose makes sense although it got on my nerves.  But we are expected to accept that this woman who refers to herself often as a ‘mare’ also works for an up and coming fashion magazine and has models for friends.  I didn’t get it, and I didn’t believe it.

But if I’m going to be fair and honest, I didn’t have any of her back history and I can see how reading the series from the beginning would help.

I enjoyed the way Lindsey Kelk wrote and I thought the story flowed and didn’t get stuck in places or turn into a drudge although there were some parts where Angela seemed to do a complete turnaround, such as her relationship with her parents, without any real explanation which left me feeling a bit confused.  At one point I skipped back a few pages to see if I’d inadvertently missed out a chapter or two.

I am certainly going to buy the first book in the ‘I Heart’ series to see if it helps at all because I really want to like Angela.  I just couldn’t.

All that said, Lindsey Kelk appears to have a fantastic knowledge of London and I loved her notes at the end for places to visit and hotels to stay.

I think if you enjoy chick lit and would be willing to start from the beginning then this is probably a very enjoyable series of books.  Perhaps.  I’ll let you know when I’ve read the first one!

Currently Reading:
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

If you’ve read any great books recently or written any reviews, please leave me the link below.  I’m always on the lookout for new books to try!

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