Reviewed by Catherine Joyce
The book is about three women who are all in Boothbay Harbor, Maine for different reasons but as the story unfolds we find that the lives of the three women are entwined, creating a fascinating read.
Veronica Russo loves to make pies, not ordinary pies but special pies that bring people happiness, hope and love. Veronica has returned to Boothbay Harbor and to try and face her past and the events that happened when she was 16.
Bea Crane is a college graduate who receives a letter from her dead mother telling her that she was adopted and that her biological mother lives in Boothbay Harbor.
Gemma Hendricks is pregnant and after finding herself unemployed is under pressure from her husband to give up on her career aspirations and settle down near his parents, far away from New York City.
I really enjoyed reading this book, it was well written and the characters really came to life. Despite mentioning Colin Firth in the title he doesn’t really feature that much in the book as most of the filming of the movie that he is featuring in takes place without him actually being there! There are plenty of “sightings” of him which all turn out to be a hoax but these add humour to the story. The story is more about the women searching for their own Mr Darcy but there are plenty of references to films he has been in for real Colin Firth fans.
Whilst the book explores some serious issues like Bea struggling to know what relationship she wants with her birth mother now that she has found her, there is also plenty of romance and humour.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it for anyone who likes chick lit. I especially enjoyed the parts where Bea was tutoring a girl called Maddy who needed to pass summer school by reading To Kill a Mocking Bird and writing an essay with a grade B minus or better. Maddy hated the book whereas Bea loved it and as I had to read it at school I could really empathise with Maddy. Bea managed to change Maddy’s opinion of the book and in doing so also changed my opinion and made me think I should re-read it again too!
RRP: £7.99 (Paperback) / £4.99 (Kindle)
Available to buy from Amazon here.