Today I am very happy to be part of the blog tour for the Peanuts and Eggcups by Sara Mendes Da Costa. And I just want start by sharing this beautifully designed blog tour banner…how gorgeous is this!!!!
About this book…
For Maggie Parsons there’s only ever been one man: the stunningly delicious Luke Henderson. Unfortunately, he left her, without explanation, after their ‘first night’ together …breaking her heart in the process. Now ten years on, without any contact, he’s back and going to her school reunion. Great! And, to confuse matters…so is his suave, sexy, brother Tony who makes a major play for Maggie, then turns up with his insufferable – supposedly ex – fiancée! Via the reunion, a black eye, getting the sack (as a result) a madcap girlie holiday and juggling her confused emotions around the two alluring brothers…Maggie starts to build a picture of what she really wants in life. Trouble is, Maggie’s a pawn in a game she doesn’t even know she’s playing …and things are about to get a whole lot more complicated.
About the author…
Sara Mendes da Costa is the voice of the BT Speaking Clock; the fourth person to hold this prestigious title since 1936.A successful, world-renowned voiceover artist, her dulcet tones are easily recognisable on television, radio, film and across countless media.Never far from the press, she’s known for her appearances on BBC Breakfast, ITV This Morning, Children in Need, Wake up to Wogan and The Today Programme, and balances her prolific voiceover career with her passion and commitment as a novelist.Peanuts & Eggcups, her debut novel – hotly anticipated by the industry – is “The perfect & highly addictive reading companion for women’s fiction fans”. `A lover of laughter, creativity, great storytelling and a wee dram, Sara adores writing novels and seeks to entertain, uplift and inspire. Her upcoming novels: Time & Time Again & Maggie Ever After, are expected in 2017.
Oh now where do I start?! Probably by saying that this book will be remembered by me for being the longest book I think I have read for a very long time! When I turned on my Kindle to start reading I got a HUGE shock when I saw that it was 727 pages long! I found it a little overfacing if I’m perfectly honest and the first chapter seemed to go on forever but then I gradually became so involved in the world according to Maggie Parsons that the pages just seemed to fly by!
I just adored Maggie Parsons, her relationships with her friends and her mad work life. The author totally appealed to my sense of humour and I loved the way she gave the small everyday nuances of Maggie’s life a comic twist. Maggie found almost a childlike wonder in little things, like her first set of ceramic hair straighteners, and as a fellow curly girlie I totally got her youthful excitement. There are so many little things dotted throughout this book that will make you chuckle out loud at how true to life they are. And was it any wonder that Maggie was a little ditzy when you meet her madcap family and friends? Add into the mix a school reunion, a girls holiday to Spain and a wedding and you have a hilarious journey where our heroine fights her way down the path of true love. But which of the Henderson brothers will be at her side?
There are echoes of Bridget Jones here, what with the girlie friendships and the two gorgeous men for the price of one but Maggie is a more realistic and believable character even though she manages to maintain a level of naivety most 28 year olds would have lost years ago! She brought a breath of fresh air to all her sticky situations and I was mentally cheering her on during her showdowns near the end. I notice that the author has signed to bring us two more books so I have a sneaky suspicion that this isn’t the last we will see of Maggie, Catherine, Jenny and Pauline and I’m hoping for more cameos from Tom the cat as well!
This book would make a fabulous beach read. Yes it’s long but it’s easy to pick up and dip into. You will want to find out why Luke abandoned Maggie and whether or not they will get back together. And you will also want to find out what, within its pages, could possibly lend itself to one of the strangest titles I have seen for some time!
I received a copy of this book via Rachel at Authoright in return for an unbiased review.
Peanuts & Eggcups is available to buy here from Amazon UK