I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.If Only by Angela Marsons
Published by Bookouture on 6th July 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Humour, Love & Romance, Women's Literary Fiction
Source: from Netgalley
Find love. Have a baby. Ditch the mother-in-law from hell. Three best friends, each wishing for the one thing they want the most. But what if they’re searching for happiness in all the wrong places?
Cher is head over heels for her new boss. He’s gorgeous, smart and funny but he barely even notices her except to ask for a coffee refill. How can she get him to see that she’s the perfect girl for him?
Sarah is longing for a baby with the man she loves. The only trouble is David is already married. Will he finally leave his wife so they can be together?
Deb should be looking forward to her wedding with lovely fiancé Mark but with her mother-in-law from hell Margie taking control of everything, will her dream day turn into her worst nightmare?
So, when one summer evening, over several glasses of wine, Cher, Sarah and Deb stumble across an old book on Sarah’s shelf and drunkenly decide to cast a wishing spell, they don’t think for one minute that it will come true. It’s just three best friends having a laugh and throwing some herbs around the garden. Or is it?
Thank you to bookouture for my copy of this book via netgalley and for letting me take part in this tour. Shockingly I have never read one of Angie’s books and I thought now was the time to start.
This book has 3 main characters Cher, Deb and Sarah. I did find these women to be a bit frustrating. Cher is blinded by lust, Sarah is dating a married man and Deb is afraid to stand up to her soon-to-be mother-in-law.
Deb for me was the most likeable of the 3. She definitely had the most personality and someone that you could root for.I could see why she was biting her tongue so much and I really felt for her.
Cher frustrated the hell out of me. She was so obsessed with Michael Hunter when he just saw her as a means to an end. I spent so long yelling in my head for her to wake up! I was so happy when the spell was broken but I did feel her humiliation. As much as I was irritated with her, no one deserves that.
Sarah, Sarah Sarah. I have a big thing about cheating so for me Sarah was the least likeable. I really don’t know what she was thinking for half of the book. There were times when I did feel bad for her but she did get herself into this mess.
This story was a very easy read. It was the perfect escapism sort of book. It had some classic rom-com tropes and is the perfect book for a summer’s afternoon. It was a light-hearted read with some funny moments. I found it very easy to get lost in the story.
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