What’s a girl to do when Prince Charming turns into a frog?
City girl Sophie has married the prince (or landed gentry – close enough), moved to his pile (which is more accurate a description than she’d anticipated) and is set to live happily ever after with the love of her life . . . until she finds the other half of her perfect life in the stables with the stable girl, and they’re definitely not grooming the horses.
Shocked and appalled, Sophie’s no happier to learn that she’s supposed to ‘just get on with it’. After all, according to her mother-in-law, she got the title . . . they even overlooked her family’s ‘new money’ status.
But Sophie is no one’s doormat and there’s no way she’s going to turn a blind eye to her husband’s infidelity. There may be some bumps on the road, but Sophie is going to find the life she deserves
I have been a fan of Phoebe’s work for a little while now. I haven’t read everything that she has written to date which is something that I hope to rectify in the not too distant future. I read the synopsis of ‘Let’s Not Be Friends’ and it certainly sounded like the sort of fun and ultimately feel good story I have come to expect from Phoebe MacLeod. Well it was certainly that and so much more. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Let’s Not Be Friends’ but more about that in a bit.
I have to say that I loved the character of Sophie. In fact I warmed to her so much that I ended up feeling like she had become a friend of mine and I ended up feeling all protective of her. When we first meet her she is an events planner and she is planning her own wedding to the man of her dreams. Fast forward a few years, when we meet her again but everything is not as rosy as she thought it might be. I won’t go into too much detail about what happens but it appears that Sophie is being used as a doormat and far from being her knight in the shining armour, her husband is a snake in the grass. I can’t really put into polite words what I think about him but let’s not dwell on that. Sophie wakes up and smells the coffee as it were and she realises that she needs to do things on her terms and not fit in with everybody else. I kept everything crossed that in the end Sophie was able to get the ‘happy ever after’ ending that she so deserved. What happens? Well for the answer to that question and so much more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.
Oh my giddy aunt, as soon as I started reading I knew that I was going to become addicted to the story and that I wouldn’t be able to put the book down at all. I must be psychic because I was correct on both fronts. Basically I started reading and found that I couldn’t stop. My Kindle was well travelled that day because it went everywhere with me as I couldn’t bear to miss a single second of the story. I loved the main character and I had to keep reading to see if things worked out for her in the end. This was one of those books that made me chuckle from start to finish and I haven’t stopped yet! I was so wrapped up in the story that I lost all track of time and just how quickly I was getting through the book. All too quickly I reached the end of ‘Let’s Not Be Friends’ and I had to say goodbye to Sophie and the rest of the characters. I found ‘Let’s Not Be Friends’ to be a joy to read from start to finish. ‘Let’s Not Be Friends’ is the true definition of an unputdownable page turner of a read.
‘Let’s Not Be Friends’ is superbly written but then I have come to expect nothing less from Phoebe MacLeod. Phoebe has one of those easy going writing styles that is easy to get used to and easy to get along with. In fact reading one of Phoebe’s books feels more like a chat between friends rather than reading a book. Phoebe clearly cares about her characters and this shines through in the very vivid and realistic way in which she describes them. Phoebe makes her characters seem just as real as you and I. I always find that a sign of a good book is when I feel myself becoming far too involved in the story to the extent that I talk to the characters as if they can hear me. That’s exactly what happened with ‘Let’s Not Be Friends’. I love the way in which Phoebe makes the reader feel as if they are part of the story and at the heart of the action.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Let’s Not Be Friends’ and I would recommend it to other readers. I will certainly be reading more of Phoebe’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.