Published: 16th November 2017
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since the first week of university. Now, after celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks they’re about to get engaged. Instead, a romantic escape to Dubai leaves Lizzy with no ring, no fiancé and no future.
Lizzy is heartbroken – but through the tears, she sees an opportunity. This is her moment to discover what she’s been missing while playing Ian’s ideal ‘better half’. But how much has Ian changed her, and who should she be without him? Determined to discover who she is at heart, Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before – and, in the meantime, have a little fun…
Thank you to Michael Joseph for kindly sending me a review copy.
Lizzy Richardson thinks her boyfriend of ten years is about to propose. After all, they’re in Dubai, enjoying a romantic meal set on the beach, he’s down on one knee and yet, when she lands back in England, there’s no engagement ring on her finger and she finds herself back in her childhood bedroom under her Mum’s roof. Now more than ever, she has time to herself to discover who the real Lizzy is.
“Everyone who comes into our lives leaves their mark. That’s how we grow, mature and evolve as humans. There’s nothing wrong with that.”
As Lizzy settles back into life with her old life, she finds herself being under attack by her heavily pregnant bridezilla of a younger sister, Michelle. It was clear that despite the slight tension between the pair, it was vivid to see that there was nothing but love and admiration for one another. I’m pleased that Giovanna included a sister bond into the narrative as it became stronger as the chapters went on and Michelle found herself needing Lizzie’s help more than ever. One of my personal favourite parts of the book happens quite early on during Michelle and Stu’s wedding as there was such life and humour to the scene which really pulled me into the plot and it really gave the plot a good kick into what would happen next.
“Whatever happens in life, I know I’ll be lucky to have this crazy bunch there with me every step of the way.”
Lizzie was quite the inspirational main character. Despite being dumped by the man she thought she would marry and have children with, she didn’t allow herself to spend weeks moping around her childhood home. Instead, she found herself a better job, she joined a choir and even started running with her Dad (the storyline surrounding this was extremely heart warming). Her mind was constantly telling her to be positive and to remain upbeat, ensuring herself that being dumped really isn’t the end of the world despite sometimes feeling like it is. Lizzie was such a realistic newly singleton; she went out with her best friend, she got blindly drunk, she sang until her heart is content and she started up a new life plan.
“People are meant to come into our lives and affect us. They’re meant to challenge us and help us to grow.”
Overall, Some Kind of Wonderful is a book all women ought to read. It’s uplifting, it’s positive, it’s relatable, it’s honest but most of all, it is exceptionally well written. Giovanna coated the plot in so many powerful themes; loneliness, motherhood, sexuality, friendship, career, love – just to name a handful. You never really knew what Lizzie was going to do next; she could have gone running back to her ex, she could have cried in her self pity, she could have lashed out, but she chose to get her life back on track and for once, she decided to put herself first rather than thinking about what everyone else needed from her. I love how effortless Giovanna’s writing is, her vivid descriptions of the surroundings and the personalities of the characters were all varied but they were all filled with their own lives which she took the time to showcase.
This is most definitely, without a doubt, going in my top 10 books of 2017.