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Fourteen Days Later: A fun laugh out loud romantic comedy (Helen Grey Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"A very good read. Very enjoyable and fresh." - Trisha Ashley, Novelist.
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"This was a great romantic comedy. I found myself laughing and smiling throughout and really enjoyed it." - I'm just sayin...Book Reviews by KK
About the Author
Her first novel, Fourteen Days Later, was short listed for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008 and received a highly commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009. It is a romantic comedy with a unique infusion of British and Turkish Cypriot culture. Written in a similar style to Catherine Alliott and Marian Keyes, Fourteen Days Later is My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets P.S. I Love You.
The Fashion Police is her second novel and is the first in a series featuring feisty, larger-than-life insurance investigator, Amber Fox. It is a screwball comedy-mystery, combining murder and mayhem with romance and chick-lit. Written in a similar style to Janet Evanovich, The Fashion Police is Stephanie Plum meets Bridget Jones.
- File size : 897 KB
- Print length : 247 pages
- Publication date : March 18, 2010
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Sibel Hodge (March 18, 2010)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B003B3O0UE
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #464,420 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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Merhaba Canims (hello, darlings!)
Helen Grey, wedding photographer extraordinaire, is an absolute klutz, and that's only the beginning of the trouble brewing around her. Ayshe and Kalem are her best friends since childhood.
After six months of moping about her two-timing ex, her friend Ayshe encourages her to take up fourteen days of challenges.
The first one seemed tame enough - she was to do a day of volunteering at the local dog shelter, taking a dog for a walk. Helen manages to get a neighbor upset when he witnesses the dog doing her business, terrorizes a child in his pram, cartwheels down a hill, and loses the dog. After being patched up by a local doctor, she calls Ayshe to pick her up, but Ayshe sends her brother Kalem.
Each challenge brings more mayhem: a visit to the children's ward at the hospital, an art showing, Sunday-night Singles Shopping, and always Kalem helping to pick up the pieces. Unfortunately, Kalem is off-limits. They have been friends since grammar school. His Turkish Cypriot parents would not want him to be serious with an English woman. So, admitting her attraction would cost her his friendship, her best friend Ayshe, and the sense of belonging that has developed between Helen and his family.
I had requested an ARC on netgalley.com, but the download failed. At first, I was just going to wave it off, but each time I went into netgalley it was sitting there looking at me. I loved the cover so much, I decided to go to Amazon and hit the one-click. I am so glad I did! "Laughed out loud" doesn't even begin to cover it. There were many parts when I was laughing so hard I could not catch my breath. I'm looking forward to reading more from Ms. Hodge!
Editing / Grammar: A - near perfect
Helen is a klutz magnified by 100%. Her situations and mishaps are amusing, and her challenges throughout the 14-days are so whacky. During these 14-days, Helen is exposed more and more to her friend's brother Kalem (Helen grew up with both of them after her parents had passed when she was a child). Throughout their chance meetings, Kalem is constantly throwing sarcastic remarks Helen's way and jabbing at her antics, which really feels very endearing to me. .. so very playful, like a brother and sister banter. Of course, you will find out at the end of the book why he teases her every move. The tension of the attraction they both have for each other throughout the book really makes this story come to life. It's just very down to earth, realistic happenstance.
It's not a typical romance novel: it does not have all that hot-steamy-trashy frolic in it (which I do read). It's more energy-producing anticipation, smiling constantly, leading up to that happily-ever-after. It's an extremely enjoyable read: It's just too fun of story and plot to pass up. I highly recommend it, you won't regret it. Furthermore, I really enjoyed Sibel Hodge's writings so much so that I am now reading the sequel "The Perfect Wedding".
Helen is, for the most part, a rather entertaining character, as are the rest of the characters in the book. Kalem starts off seeming a bit juvenile in the way he acts towards her, but once you learn more of their history, it becomes a bit more understandable. The sheer amount of things that seem to happen to Helen (especially give the fact that the book takes place over only 14 days) start to get a bit unrealistic after awhile, but as this book is "chick-lit" and specifically calls itself a comedy, it's not too hard for me to overlook that. After all, how many comedy movies out there have an equal number of things like that in them? I still enjoy those, since I know they're movies. And I enjoyed this, because I knew it was fiction intended to be comedic.
There are also a few very minor editing issues in this book, but honestly there are less than some books I've read that aren't self-published, so they're not hard to overlook. I also just have a bad habit of picking up on things like that in books, I doubt most people will notice them as they really are that minor. (Heck, at this point I'd have a hard time giving specifics without going back and rereading it, they were that minor. I can quote you several from some other books I've read without having to go back, though!) And while I do understand that the author is British/Turkish Cypriot, some of the British spellings/slang used almost make it look like she's trying too hard at times. That could just be me though - I'm less likely to use slang in writing than I am when speaking out loud. It seems perfectly normal when they're used in speech/thought by one of the characters, less so when they're used in a sentence in the book that isn't speech or a thought, but rather a description. (And yes, there are other authors who do this with whatever their local slang is as well. It's really just my personal opinion that slang works best in speech/thought as opposed to descriptions.)
Overall, an enjoyable book that I would highly recommend. Kudos to the author for a well-done story, and for getting out there and doing this! I went ahead and bought the second book ( My Perfect Wedding ) as soon as I finished this one, eager to hear the rest of Helen's story.
Top reviews from other countries
The book is about a girl called Helen who breaks up with her boyfriend and after months moping, her friend sets her a 14 day challenge. Helen has to do something different every day to help her build back her confidence, forget her ex, meet new people and hopefully lead to meeting someone new.
My friend set me a similar month long challenge following a marriage break up, so reading her personal journey she went on made me smile. I am also accident prone and end up in predicaments so found several similarities!
Overall, the book is a lovely girly read. It is funny, light hearted and leaves you wanting to read on to see how it ends for Helen. A great book for in the sun with a glass of wine.
Fourteen days later
Easy to read
Not my usual genre of book, but it is an enjoyable and easy to read book.
Following the antics of Helen who seems to be a walking disaster is funny and gripping.
This book has a good ending and leaves you looking forward to the next book.
If you are feeling down then this book will help you feel better with is good combination of humour and a good story.