Just The Way You Are by Lynsey James


With thanks to Netgalley and Carina UK for the review copy. Due to be published 8 May 2015.

Dear Ava,

How do you start writing a letter to someone, six years after breaking their heart?

Ava is unlucky in love as well as in life. The new office bitch has landed the dating column Ava wanted, and she can’t remember the last time she had a second date. It’s a good thing she has best friends Max and Gwen to pick up the pieces. Deep down, Ava knows the reason why one date never turns into two – she’s in love with someone else. Someone she’s never even met. It all started six years ago, with a letter from a secret admirer, Mr Writer…but then they suddenly stopped and Ava was heartbroken. Now the letters have started again and Ava knows it could mean winning back the dating column at work. This time she’s determined to unmask Mr Writer…and find out once and for all if he’s Mr Right or Mr Very Definitely Wrong!

I really loved this book and the idea of a secret admirer writing beautiful letters! Who needs Mr Right when you’ve got Mr Writer? Well Ava does and she is determined to find out who Mr Writer is to see if he can possibly match up to his romantic words. She has been particularly unlucky with relationships and has more or less given up on finding Mr Right. It is ironic that she is the wedding reporter for a glamorous magazine covering the special day of other happy couples. There are several love stories touched on within this book: Gwen and Tom, Max and Amira, ice queen Maddie and Craig and of course Ava’s own search for love. The story of Ivy and Leo was particularly touching. Following Ava on her quest to find Mr Writer was very entertaining. I had my thoughts of who Mr Writer could be but the author cleverly kept me guessing. Even when he is revealed (and I was right!) there are still so many missed opportunities for Ava and Mr Writer to get together. Sometimes we don’t always see what is right under our nose and is obvious to others. In the end is Mr Writer Ava’s Mr Right? I couldn’t possibly say!

Such a sweet love story where all comes right in the end and makes you believe in happy ever after. This would make a lovely romantic comedy film.

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