- File Size: 850 KB
- Print Length: 242 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (June 25, 2018)
- Publication Date: June 25, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CTD3BWK
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,953 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book at its heart was so fun and filled with so many laugh out loud moments... I absolutely love romantic comedies... and strong sassy female characters..... and this book fit the bill for both! This was my first book from Keris Stainton, but I can guarantee it will not be my last! Adding her to my ever-growing list of must read authors...
Piper was a phenomenal character... I loved her spirit, her sass, her strength, and her positivity.... I love how she had come to terms with her weight issues and loved herself just the way she was... also loved the friendship she had with her amazing guy friend Matt...
Piper has a second chance at love in this book... A Facebook friend request from a high school crush, leads to her going home and facing her demons, and perhaps finding true love.... rob was a really good guy, but.... can Piper find her way past the doubts and the misunderstandings and the past?
Perhaps this is naïve of me or it is my desire to always see the good in everybody... but I do find it most troubling that people would actually comment about somebody’s wait on a picture on social media??? OK I think I’m probably being very unrealistic, but why would anybody ever do this? Also I would hope after you’ve been out of high school for a decade you’d be over thinking you were better than anybody, perhaps this is a small town issue? This book brought up these issues and they really quite frankly bothered me... I so want to see the good in people, but then people do really mean things? Please do not rain on my little happy bubble!
Absolutely recommend to fans of a fun romantic comedy full of sassy characters and heart💕
*** many thanks too Bookouture for my copy of this book ***
Piper James is a twenty some single gal that has tried to put her past behind her and move on with her life after dealing with her weight and all the insults that come with it. She’s now comfortable in her skin and doesn’t let the negative opinions get her down but Piper also never expected to head back to where she grew up.
When Piper gets a Facebook friend request from her high school crush, Rob Kingsford, she doesn’t quite know how to react. With some encouragement from her best friend Piper does get in touch with Rob and is surprised to find things aren’t quite the way she remembered and it’s time to face the past.
The Invitation is the second book that I’ve read by Keris Stainton and I think after finishing this one I have some of the same feelings that I did with the other. There is quite a bit of humor involved in her stories to put them into the rom-com category but her leading ladies have some issues that also bring some angst into the story that brings the comedy down a bit for me. This one started off pretty solid making light of Piper’s weight issues but the longer it went on there was just more and more downer moments that it loses it’s fun a bit. What can I say I’m not a huge fan of a lot of angst so again this just turned into an OK read for me.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
Piper grew up in a small city on the water in Northern England. Eight years previously, her parents both died, so her and her sister only have their aunt left. All Piper wanted to do was get away from the memories of her family and she couldn’t wait to start living a fabulous life in London. She leaves behind all her friends and the love of her young life, Rob. She was never with him, but he was part of her group of friends. When she appears on a morning television show debating body positivity versus a healthy lifestyle, she hears from Rob out the blue, via Facebook. He tells her to come see him if she ever comes home to see her aunt. Of course, she freaks about it, but has no plans to go back home. When her aunt has a health crisis a few days later, she finds herself back home with the memories and face to face with the Greek god that Rob has managed to turn himself into.
Piper was such a good character. She’s outspoken about her body image, knows she’s overweight, but totally owns it. She is still grieving the loss of her parents and has no intention of ever moving back home due to the memories. Her best friend and roommate is Matt, a guy she met at uni. He actually was one of the best parts of this book. He’s bisexual and really doesn’t seem to have a preference one way or the other. He’s happy to be Piper’s very supportive friend, is very sensitive and loving, and would probably rather be with Piper than any of his many conquests, any day of the week. Their banter together was really fun. Rob is just about as close to perfect as any man can be. He’s a teacher at their old high school, has sculpted his body to perfection, and could care less that Piper is overweight. Rounding out the characters are Holly, Piper’s “perfect sister”(they aren’t close), and their elderly great-aunt Connie.
I thought this book was well written with lots of fun banter back and forth with at least three of the characters. Can’t under-estimate the power of good banter in a book! Relationships get straightened out, people fall in love, a bad sexual decision is made(not the main characters), a girl band gets a new name(not explaining),fun is had by most at a high school reunion and social media has a field day. And I had a great time reading the whole thing.
My only problem with the book? I thought at times Piper stressed over her weight too much. For someone that is so body positive, she does mention it quite a bit. Not a big deal, just something that I did notice.
I definitely recommend this book to contemporary romance(not necessarily rom-com readers) readers or people that just enjoy a good story, because it’s not just a romance, but also a journey to get past tragedy, mend other family relationships and also to show that men and women can be close friends without anything else at stake. This is a fun, sometimes sensual, and at times, heartwarming read!
My thanks to Net Galley for providing me a copy of this in return for an honest and fair review.