Jessica Beam is a girl who knows how to party. Only lately she's been forgetting to turn up for work on time. Or in clean clothes. Down on her luck, out of a job and homeless, Jess seeks the help of her long-lost grandmother.
Things aren't going well for Matilda Beam, either. Her 1950s Good Woman guide books are out of print, her mortgage repayments are staggering and her granddaughter wears neon Wonderbras.
When a lifeline from a London publisher arrives, the pair have an opportunity to secure the roof over their heads - by invigorating the Good Woman guides and transforming modern, rebellious Jess into a demure vintage lady.
The true test of their make-over will be to capture the heart of notorious London playboy Leo Frost and prove that Matilda's guides still work. It's going to take commitment, nerves of steel and one seriously pointy bra to pull this off...
I knew I was in for a cracking good read when I was chuckling from the very first page and the laughs continued throughout the whole of The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance at the exploits of the heroine Jessica Beam as she tried to transform herself from Ladette to Lady.
When blogger Jess finds herself down on her luck after a falling out with her friend Summer, who's also her flatmate and boss, over a failed book deal she decides to head off to London to search for her estranged Grandmother Matilda. But things are not quite what they seem with Matilda who is in dire straits herself and is in desperate need to republish her 1950's dating etiquette book as a means to keep a roof over her own head and before long Jess finds herself agreeing to help write a modern version of the book.
What follows is the hilarious tale of Jess as 'Lucille' using the dating rules as per Matilda Beam's Guide to Love and Romance to win the heart of eligible bachelor Leo Frost, the fact that she took an instant dislike to him when she previously met him is beside the point. This is definitely not going to be an easy task for someone who speaks her mind, swears like a trooper and whose dress sense could not be described as classy...
Kirsty Greenwood has gone to the top of my list as the queen of comedic writing as I couldn't get enough of the cringeworthy situations and OMG moments that Jess finds herself in... let's just say that one involving her, a young doctor called Jamie and her grandmother had me cackling like a loon at my desk during my lunch break that I'm sure my colleagues thought I was ready for the funny farm.
This was just the perfect pick me up I needed, I just couldn't get enough of it and was reading it every spare minute I had. I'm already missing Jess and her exploits so was pleased to hear that there's more to come from Jess in the future... no pressure Kirsty but hurry up and finish writing already as I want more NOW!
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