The Misadventures of Catie Bloom: Bloom Sisters series (Volume 1) 1st Edition
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I loved the story at first. It seemed to flow well, was easy to read and fairly entertaining. My only qualm was that, at times, I'd forget whose point of view (Catie or Natalie) it was being written from because the writing was the same and their thoughts were rather the same. But then Catie's character started to annoy me, relying so heavily on her sister (even when she's injured) and everyone else she'd managed to tangle in her web of lies, and being so egotistical and whiny.
Overall, it was a fairly good read with some funny parts throughout, but I found it harder to read the closer to the end I got.
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Reading this book, the first in a trilogy, the writing very much reminded me of Sophie Kinsella meets Sarah Morgan. Just perhaps not so interesting, or even very funny. True, it is listed as a romantic comedy, but I found the plot hardly laughable and even predictable. It is obvious that Catie (sorry, but I really dislike that spelling of the name, what's wrong with Katie?!) will somehow escape her massive web of lies and find a way of saving those around her whom she loves. The love triangle that develops was the most surprising part of the novel, along with Catie's past love life. I really applauded how Stanton kept this element of the story away from the plot development, not until three quarters of the way through the novel. It is this that I think helps add a bit more depth to such a short story because suddenly Catie is not just a lying fraud who cannot cook!
I wouldn't say that there was much romance in this novel. There is the expected flirtatious banter, but nothing too serious until the closing pages. This was quite refreshing for me as I really was not in the mood for a steamy read! Instead, Catie's dilemma simply moves from one awkward situation to the next, with her and her sister's solutions becoming even more convoluted.
This is the first of a trilogy and I would be interested to read the rest of the novels in the series at some point. (Brooke Stanton, if you are reading this...!) A predictable yet, pleasurable read, this was a no-brainer in providing some light, literary relief. No murders, no complex plot, this would be good to read in the garden on a lovely summer's day.
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Read this in a day and thankfully had the second book downloaded and ready to go!