Last year, not long after I started this blog, I reviewed the hilarious Miss Wrong and Mr Right by Robert Bryndza. At the time it was self-published and I am delighted to see it has now been re-published by Bookouture. I am sharing my review again below. The book is available from today as an e-book. If you enjoy romantic comedies, I highly recommend this book. You can order a copy online by clicking here
I absolutely love the Coco Pinchard books which Robert Bryndza has written so was really looking forward to reading his latest offering. Could it match up to the fun and feel-good Coco books? Well, I’m delighted to say that the answer is a resounding yes! I started reading this on a particularly busy weekend and was really annoyed that I kept having to set it aside. I just love Robert Bryndza’s writing. He creates great characters and the funniest situations which could well have you laughing aloud!
Nineteen year old Natalie Love left her fiancee at the altar and burnt her wedding dress for good measure fifteeen years ago. Now a successful theatre manager in London, with a yoga loving boyfriend Benji, she seems to have her life sorted. She has managed to hire a gorgeous American tv star to play the lead role in MacBeth (even though he seems to think he’s playing Hamish MacBeth!) and the full run is sold out. But then her ex, Jamie, buys the building opposite with a view to turning it into a burlesque venue with his new girlfriend Tuppence Halfpenny.
Miss Wrong and Mr Right is just one of those books that you want to keep on reading and not put down. There are some classic comedy moments such as the Burlesque flash mob which is interrupted by sandwiches and pigeons. Now I know that sounds unlikely but just read it and you’ll see what I mean!
Robert Bryndza has created some great characters too. Natalie is someone you will warm to and be cheering on from the start. Her Hungarian granny Anoushka is just a hoot! Natalie’s friend Sharon is just lovely with her chaotic family which Natalie loves and envies in equal measure. Benji, the yoga teacher, provides some really funny moments (Facebook and Twitter revenge!) and is so self-obsessed that you wonder what Natalie sees in him.
For all its humour, there is a lot of emotion in this book too. It’s not just laugh-out-loud moments all the way, although there are plenty of those. I felt that these were totally believable characters who I’d love to read more about and many of the funny situations could actually happen. And of course, there is romance as Natalie begins to think that perhaps she isn’t Miss Wrong (her granny did keep telling her this!) and that perhaps there is a Mr Right out there for her. The question is, which of the leading men in this story will it be?
I do hope we might read more about Natalie and especially about Anoushka in a future book. And I think this would make a great film – what do you think Mr Bryndza?
From the back of the book
‘This is men,’ said Gran. ‘When they vant you, but you don’t vant them, they stay. But let them know you vant them, they no longer need you, and they go! It’s like that movie, Nanny McPhee.’
Natalie Love has worked hard to have it all. She runs a successful London theatre that’s about to host one of Hollywood’s leading stars, Ryan Harrison. She’s pretty sure she’s found her man in yoga boyfriend Benjamin, despite his annoying habit of saying Namaste! every time he speaks. And her eccentric, glamorous Hungarian Gran is always on hand to offer sage advice and steaming bowls of goulash.
Life in the bright lights of London has always been Natalie’s escape from her chaotic country family in rural Devon and Jamie, the childhood sweetheart she left at the altar fifteen years ago. Until he turns up at her theatre door…
Jamie is in town producing a West End show and with rivalry suddenly clouding old feelings, this isn’t quite the reunion Natalie was expecting.
Will Benjamin prove to be Natalie’s perfect match? With Ryan turning her head, Natalie is more confused than ever. And what about Jamie – could he be her second chance at first love?
Charming, hilarious and totally unputdownable, Miss Wrong and Mr Right will put a huge smile on your face and keep you guessing who Natalie’s ‘Mr Right’ is until the very last page.