What a great book to start the year with. This is easy to read, relatable and gives the sense of New Year’s resolutions and goals, even though it is not based at the beginning of a year.
The Single Girl’s Calendar by Erin Green
A task a day to cure a broken heart.
Esmé Peel is approaching thirty with some trepidation, but hope in her heart. If she can just get her long-term boyfriend Andrew to propose, she will have ticked everything off her ‘things to do by the time you’re 30′ list. She didn’t reckon on finding another woman’s earring in her bed however, and soon she finds herself single, homeless and in need of a new plan. Her best friend Carys gives her the perfect present – The Single Girl’s Calendar – which has a different cure for heartbreak every day:
Day 1: Look and feel fabulous with a new hair style.
Day 2: Step out of your comfort zone and try something new.
Day 3: Reconnect with friends and enjoy!
Despite thinking it’s a bit of a gimmick, Esmé hasn’t got any better ideas, so she puts the plan into action. By the end of week one she has four new male housemates, and despite a broken heart she is determined to show Andrew she can do more than survive, she can thrive.
These are not the first type of books I choose to pick up – the feminine, romance type stories, but I do enjoy reading one every now and again. I find them easy to read and I am a bit of a romantic at heart. When you have just finished a heavy thriller you often need a boost of fun and love with a happy ending back in your life! And these books are pretty much always guaranteed to give you a happy ending!
Esme is a likeable main character. She does make you want to bang your head against the wall as she describes her relationship at the start of the book – it is clearly going nowhere. The idea of The Single Girl’s Calendar is a good one and I think the way Esme starts to tackle the challenges is empowering and encouraging.
I did feel that it got a little hectic and haphazard during the second part as Esme decides her own order of tasks, they almost seem rushed and the story doesn’t have the calendar as a focus anymore, despite the title.
And the ending…oh the ending. It could have been a complete disaster and very nearly was! I’m not sure if I like it or not. I feel Esme let me down a little as even after everything the calendar had taught her, she made a decision that meant, in essence, it had taught her nothing.
Overall I really enjoyed this story though and I flew through it, wanting to find out what would happen to Esme and what challenges the calendar would bring. There are a few loose endings that aren’t tied up…why her brother is spending so much time at the house is never fully explained. But overall if you are after something light, fluffy and easy reading, you can’t go wrong with this one!
Book Club Question
What was your favourite part of the book? Least favourite?
My least favourite (without spoiling it) was definitely the decision Esme makes towards the end. I wanted to scream at her!
I enjoyed the remainder of the book to be honest. Stand out parts are Asa’s back story and his job aswell as the budding romance for Esme’s best friend which is lovely.
Erin was born and raised in Warwickshire, where she resides with her husband. She writes contemporary novels focusing on love, life and laughter. An ideal day for Erin involves writing, people watching and copious amounts of tea. Erin was delighted to be awarded The Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017 and previously, Love Stories ‘New Talent Award’ in 2015.
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Web Page. http://www.eringreenauthor.co.uk
Published by Aria Fiction
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Thankyou to Aria and NetGalley for the copy of this book. I am sometimes gifted with things to review, but all opinions are my own in every review