Review of Take A Look At Me Now by Miranda Dickinson

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

How far would you go to make a new start? Heart-warming and romantic, Take a Look at Me Now will make you laugh, cry and cheer Nell on from start to finish.
What a difference a day makes…
Nell Sullivan has always been known as ‘Miss Five-Year Plan’. But when she finds herself jobless and newly single on the same day, Nell decides it is time to stop planning and start taking chances.
Nell blows her redundancy cheque on a trip of lifetime to a place where anything is possible – San Francisco. There she meets a host of colourful characters, including the intriguing and gorgeous Max. Very soon the city begins to feel like Nell’s second home.
But when it’s time to return to London, will she leave the ‘new Nell’ behind? And can the magic of San Francisco continue to sparkle thousands of miles away?
I was so excited to hear about Miranda Dickinson's new novel, having already collected her other books I couldn't wait for another amazing book by her. After reading the blurb I was immediately hooked by the story and couldn't wait to reading this book.
The story revolves around Nell Sullivan, a woman with a perfect job and happy life, someone who knew what she wanted out of life and would do anything to get what she wanted. In the first chapter you get to know Nell, along with her friend Vicky who she works with and when those two get together, they added humour to the beginning of the story making me thrilled to read more.
Everything was going so well in Nell's life but then in a split second everything that was Nell's life. She loses her job and also her boyfriend Aiden, what makes it worse is he is the one to tell her about her job. Then, suddenly everything she knew about her life became a mess before she even knew what was happening. Nell has always been the planning type, so she decides to change her life and forget about her planning and throwing caution to the wind. The wind being a trip to San Francisco, one she always wanted to go on but never had the time.
Though what Nell didn't know what that this trip would be so much more than just a holiday. Nell didn't plan on finding love in San Francisco, not ever in the form of Max Rossi, but as she grows to love this amazing city she falls for him as well. But how will she manage as she lives in London and Max lives in San Francisco, how will she leave him behind now.
Nell knew that not everything lasts forever, but her time with Max makes her see that it is good to be different and not follow a plan. Will going home change her mind about Max or will it be good for her, to make her realise that her home now is in San Francisco with Max. Sometimes you have to follow your own dream to be able to be truly happy and then everything else will fall into place.
Take a Look at Me Now is an amazing story about losing everything but gaining so much more in the process. If I had to sum this book up in three words, they would be Happiness, Humour and Exciting.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Sophie Kinsella and Lucy Dillon.
The rating I would give this book would be:-
                                                                                  Format - E-book                                                                                Source - Netgalley
Release Date - 24th October 2013
Publisher - Avon
Miranda Dickinson has always had a head full of stories. Coming from a creative family where stories and songs were always present, it was perhaps inevitable that she would end up adoring words. A songwriter for over 15 years, Miranda has successfully penned over thirty songs, delivering both live and recorded performances in a range of venues across the UK and Europe. Her first solo project album, About Time is due for release this year. Miranda began writing in earnest four years ago with her first novel, Coffee at Kowalski's - a romantic comedy set in New York's Upper West Side. This was spotted on HarperCollins' site for unpublished authors, at the end of 2008 and was released by Avon (part of HC) as Fairytale of New York on 12th November 2009. She has also written several short stories, scripts and novel excerpts, many of which are published on Miranda is also a regular contributor for writing a range of local interest articles for the Birmingham area and national film and festival reviews.
Another day, another book,
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