Well, actually it doesn’t, but it could belong to you if you buy the fabulous new book by first-time fiction author Jacquelyn Middleton. I’m lucky enough to know the author and I got an advance copy of the book. I do know Jackie, but that isn’t swaying this, my first review one little bit!
Confession time – I’ve only spent about 24 hours in London and this world traveller saw nothing, except Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum well before Brangelina’s statues were separated and the London Dungeon. I never wanted to go back until I read this book, falling in love with the city, much like the book’s heroine Alex Sinclair. Middleton’s (makes this feel more review-y) knowledge of the city is apparent in the rich descriptions of the various neighbourhoods. It brings the reader into Alex’s world and makes you feel like you are seeing each place for the first time too. It’s totally relatable for anyone that’s ever travelled or dreamed of relocating.
The book is not a hard read – in fact, it’s the perfect book to curl up on your “what will become of me couch” with your snuggie and a cup of tea (or at least that’s what I did every night). The coolest part of the book, was that there were a few parts where I got frustrated, not getting some of the reference, but the, it was literally explained on the next page. It’s almost like the author was reading my mind through length of the book. This is female fiction for sure, but not predictable. Some of the drama literally made me gasp (one part in particular – no spoilers, you have to read it). It was refreshing to have a heroine that was an every-woman – totally relatable, not always sympathetic and slightly klutzy.
The supporting cast of characters was equally enjoyable. Some eccentric, some snobby, some snivelling but all memorable. There is nothing more impressive than someone who can write fiction – and this is very enjoyable fiction. I probably started reading it because I knew the author, but I finished it quickly because it was that good. It didn’t drag, there was nothing that could be cut and the heroine wasn’t cookie cutter.
“We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one” – well Jackie, you did.
Pre-order ‘London Belongs to Me’ from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Waterstones, Foyles, Indigo, and Chapters! Available October 14 from Kirkwall Books.
Learn more about London, the author and the writing process over the next few entries.