- File Size: 784 KB
- Print Length: 275 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crooked Cat Books (May 4, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 4, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XKVGVTN
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,379 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hot Toasty Rag, August 3, 2017
I first heard about this book by reading an author interview on The Writing Greyhound, a fun book reviewing blog, and I picked up a copy during the next Amazon sale. A young woman gets cast as a film extra, and after an uncanny set of circumstances, she finds herself signing a million dollar contract with a producer and headed off to Hollywood! The blurb captivated me, and Cristina Hodgson’s absolutely hilarious and delightful tone carried me through the story.
During every page of the title character’s first-person account, I found myself actually laughing out loud. She was so awkwardly charming, and I absolutely loved her inner monologue. Besides the Hollywood scenes, the book takes place in England, and the main character is English, so I found the constant British slang utterly hysterical. Maybe for English readers, this book is normal, but from an American point of view, it’s funny and charming.
If you like humorous novels, told by a protagonist who doesn’t shy away from real details, like a deodorant stain on a dress, using an airplane bathroom, and the hazards of frizzy hair, grab a copy of A Little of Chantelle Rose. I got the kindle version because it was on sale, but I’m planning on buying a paperback copy so I can enjoy it and keep it on my bookshelf!
Check out this hilarious excerpt to get a feel for Hodgson’s writing:
. . . and even from where I was standing – at the other end of the garden from where he sat poised on a huge and high-spirited black stallion – I could see he had clear sky-blue eyes.
I was suddenly aware that Tammy was still holding my hand, or rather, squeezing the blood out of it, and under my breath, for her ears only, I hissed sharply, “Let go. He’ll think we’re a right pair of dykes.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course. Nevertheless, at this precise moment I didn’t want Mr Sex to think I was a raving lesbian.
I could feel his piercing blue eyes stare at me as I untangled my hand from Tammy’s.
“May I help you?” he continued, as his horse started nervously pawing at the soft earth below its feet, looking like it was going to charge right at me. I reminded myself, as I tried to keep calm, that as far as I knew, it was bulls that charge.
Having met two men one, Robbie, in a sleepy Kent village where she decides she’s going to buy a house and live out the rest of her existence; and the other Lionel in the big lights of Hollywood she begins to feel torn. They are alike in many ways and completely different in others. But there is something more sinister going on with someone trying to scare her away from whom and to whom she’s not sure.
I found this novel a very strange one, I spent the early parts of it laughing a lot it was funny, despite the fact I found the storyline far-fetched and hard to believe I just went with it and let her bubbly nature carry the story. Chantelle got into some hilarious scrapes and the overall feel of the book was that it was going to be a romcom. Then around the mid-way point this suspensful feeling came in which wasn’t fully played up but was hanging in the air and the humour disappeared. The book had completely switched genres and steam and I admit to being a little confused about where we were heading now.
The confusion didn’t really leave me for the rest of the book, Chantelle clearly had stronger feelings for one of the two men, the feelings to me stood out miles above the other but the way the book is written is that there is a definite love triangle which didn’t fit with the way the emotion came out of the story.
I loved Chantelle in the first part of the story, absolutely adored her, that feisty bubbly nature. The way she walked into things without realising quite what she was doing. She was funny and did some really hilarious things. I think book two definitely needs more of this Chantelle.
As for the guys in her life I think Robbie was shy and withdrawn, I think it took a lot for him to show his cards and be open. Lionel was a more confident person but I still think it was hard for him to open up emotionally. I felt really moved by his rawness. I wish we had seen more one on one interaction with them both, so we could get to know each of them a bit better. I felt like we didn’t see enough with either of them to warrant Chantelle falling in love with either of them. Lust yes, love hell no.
Overall, an enjoyable debut, an easy read but it gets a little bit lost around the middle as to what type of book it wants to be and the storyline in general is about as out there as it can get quite honestly.
Sending a huge thanks to Cristina Hodgson, Crooked Cat Books and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.
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