Friday, 29 November 2013

Books Read: Mia March - Finding Colin Firth

Only an idiot would attempt to make a pie – a special-ordered chocolate caramel cream Amore Pie – while watching Pride and Prejudice. Had she put in the vanilla? What about the salt? Damn Colin Firth and his pond-soaked white shirt.

At home in Boothbay Harbour, Maine, Veronica Russo loves to lose herself in watching Colin Firth movies and baking pies filled with good thoughts. Pies that can bring you happiness, hope, even love (everything she feels when Colin Firth is on the screen, in fact). But Veronica is not so in touch with her own feelings and has deeply buried memories of that one heart-breaking summer, when she was just 16 . . . 

In Boston, college graduate Bea Crane has received an earth-shattering letter. A year after the death of her wonderful mum, she reads that she was adopted at birth and that her biological mother lives not that far away, in Boothbay. But is she brave enough to find out more? 

Gemma Hendricks has come to Boothbay not to find something, but to run away. She’s accidentally pregnant, suddenly unemployed and under pressure from her husband to give up on her career and settle down, away from her beloved New York City. With all this on her shoulders, Gemma would rather watch Bridget Jones’ Diary with a bowl of popcorn rather than face the truth. But she can’t hide away for ever. 

With Colin Firth in town to shoot a new movie, all three women find their lives become closely entwined. They might be looking out for Colin Firth at every turn, but they’ll also find new and important friendships along the way. 

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I'd first heard about Finding Colin Firth earlier this summer and of course as it mentioned the gorgeous Colin Firth it automatically appealed to me as he's one of my favourite actors so I was very happy when a copy of the book popped through the letterbox.

The story is told from the viewpoint of three very different women, Veronica Russo, Gemma Hendricks and Bea Crane, who all have their own secrets but the one thing they all do have in common is a love of actor Colin Firth.

Veronica had left Boothbay under a cloud as a teenager and has been living a quiet life since she returned to the town a year ago but her love of baking and her 'healing' pies brings new people into her life.

Unemployed Gemma first came to the town to attend a friend's wedding but after being offered an assignment for the local paper she decides to stay a while to think things through especially the news of her shock pregnancy and her husband's plans for them to move out to the suburbs to be near his family.

Bea Crane is still coming to terms with the death of her mother so she's shocked to receive a letter a year later from her mother telling her that she had been adopted as a baby.  After this discovery she decides to pack up her few belongings and search for her birth mother which eventually leads her to Boothbay.

And when rumours soon start flying that their idol will soon be in town to make a movie, one things for sure life will never be the same again for the three women as their paths cross.

Finding Colin Firth was a heartwarming story about relationships with delightful characters and a fun plot which made for hours of enjoyable reading.

There seems to be a common theme with the book titles for Mia March's books as last year I bought a copy of her debut book The Meryl Streep Movie Club, which I still haven't managed to find the time to read yet, so I wonder which actor her next novel title will feature...

I'd like to thank Lucie at Pan Macmillan for sending me a copy of this book to review.  

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