Another dose of literary sunshine. 4/5 stars.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an e-copy of her book.
After a passionate fun-filled affair, Kate is abandoned by Rob, her first love.
Six years later, she is stuck in a dead-end job and trapped in a toxic relationship.
She escapes to the Costa del Sol where she meets flamboyant Reen with her bright clothes, her sparkling eyes and a penchant for pink plastic flamingos.
Kate falls for Troy, Reen’s sexy son, and embarks upon a new phase of self-discovery. Is she finally becoming the girl she longs to be?
But when Rob comes back into her life unexpectedly, what will she do?
I enjoyed Lynn Forth’s first two novels – Love in La La Land and Love, Lies and Café au Lait – very much and so was delighted to be asked to read and review her latest book: The Girl Who Used to Be Me.
Her first two books whisked us away to Los Angeles and Nice, and this time we’re given more sunshine as the main character, Kate, escapes to the south coast of Spain. In fact, this is a great example of the cover of a book setting the tone perfectly for what you will find inside, and who doesn’t want to be with that girl overlooking a beautiful beach, arms outstretched to the sun?
For me, the success of the story rests on just how convincingly the author manages to portray the fizzy intoxication of young love in the first few chapters. Kate and Rob enjoy a powerful connection from the off, and being swept up in their whirlwind romance means we buy into these characters from the start and care about what happens to them in the longer term.
It helps that Kate is a pure soul and attractive heroine who comes into her own over the course of the story. And obviously, as you will be able to guess if you’ve read Lynn’s other books, the heroes are gorgeous and excellent company.
The descriptions of the Spanish coast are highly authentic, particularly Kate’s initial impressions of how bright everything is, with the bold colours of local flora contrasting with the searing blues of the sea and sky. I’ve often felt as if someone has turned the colour and contrast up when I’m in Spain, and this is reflected in Kate’s experience.
I’m pleased to report that, fittingly, one of the most colourful characters from Love, Lies and Café au Lait makes a reappearance in the Spanish section of this book. Reen is the perfect character to turn up on the costa when Kate is in need of more vibrant, confidence influences, and amusement from her new friend’s “interesting” taste in interior decor (flamingos! you’ve been warned!).
Overall: escape the onset of the winter blues with more sunny romantic escapism from Lynn Forth.
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Claire Huston / Art and Soul