Tuesday, 6 December 2011


Expected by Sarah England

Kindle self-published book by fellow women's mag writer. The author describes it as 'anti-chicklit' which sounded interesting so I thought I'd give it a go. It's a lively, quick read with some very funny moments.

Sam Sweet is in a relationship with a bloke she doesn't much like, but whom she is expected to marry (by her mother, his family, and him). She's expected to have children with him too. There are problems at work (she sells and demos Botox-like facial fillers and the company is being taken over). Then she meets the George Clooney lookalike new MD and falls for him in a big way. Can she extricate herself from everyone else's expectations and make a new life and career for herself?

I would, I'm afraid, class this book firmly in the 'chick lit' camp, not anti-chicklit. The heroine's main obsessions are men, her clothes and her weight. She doesn't want marriage or children but she does want a hunky man. I couldn't work out why she was living with the repulsive Simon in the first place - she seemed very weak at the start of the novel. She does eventually get what she wants - or does she? There's a bit of a twist right at the end to keep you guessing.

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