Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Book Review: Will They, Won't They

By Sara Steven

When life goes off track, sometimes the only thing you can do is go back to where it all began...

Emmy Palmer is the star of Bragadon Forest, the biggest fantasy series on TV; adored by the public, living the life of glamour and luxury in London.

But when scandal strikes, Emmy must escape the city and return to her seaside hometown to lie low and wait for the storm to pass.

Emmy's agent decides it would be a good look to star in the community Christmas pantomime, but who else could be playing her leading man but her ex-boyfriend who she may or may not have ditched to move to London a decade ago...

As the show approaches, love and friendships blossom and the real question is - Will they? Won't they? (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.)

From the get-go, I knew Emmy’s story would be an interesting adventure. We learn that she portrays a Daenerys-like character on a television show that reminded me a lot of Game of Thrones,  and when the tabloids and paparazzi run rampant, along with sudden family tragedy, she decides to head to her hometown in order to get away from the limelight and seek solace. 

Being back in Marram Bay reads like a comedic tragedy. In one scene, she finds herself in a unique potential love triangle with two unsuspecting men, as well as back-and-forth banter with a handyman. Her two teen siblings don’t care one iota that she’s famous, giving her grief whenever they can, and Emmy’s aunt Vee is hilarious. There were times I actually snorted at some particular line or retort. I really loved the dialogue that went on between all of the characters, and when theater owner Felix Valentine puts pantomime player Pippa in her place--ooh, boy!

Will They, Won’t They? is a story filled with humor and fun, as well as emotional connections that tie into how Emmy feels about her family, but I think the biggest thing of all is discovering what makes Emmy tick, and what she ultimately wants out of life. While she has enjoyed her time on Bragadon Forest, the reader gets the sense that there is something out there for her, that she’s looking to maybe do more, and be more. Whether she can find that back at Marram Bay through redefining lifelong friendships and relationships with family, through a Christmas pantomime--well, that becomes a question of, will she, won’t she? And I really hoped she would. This was a charming, five-star read!

Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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Portia MacIntosh is a bestselling romantic comedy author of 16 novels, including The Plus One Pact and My Great Ex-Scape. Previously a music journalist, Portia writes hilarious stories, drawing on her real life experiences.

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