Today, as part of Spring Reading Week, I’m hading over the blog to Mandie once again who has a review of Peanuts & Eggcups by Sara Mendes da Costa. First up, here are the bookie bits.
The Official Book Blurb
For Maggie Parsons there’s only ever been one man: the stunningly delicious Luke Henderson. Unfortunately, he left her, without explanation, after their ‘first night’ together …breaking her heart in the process.
Now ten years on, without any contact, he’s back and going to her school reunion. Great! And, to confuse matters…so is his suave, sexy, brother Tony who makes a major play for Maggie, then turns up with his insufferable – supposedly ex – fiancée!
Via the reunion, a black eye, getting the sack (as a result) a madcap girlie holiday and juggling her confused emotions around the two alluring brothers…Maggie starts to build a picture of what she really wants in life.
Trouble is, Maggie’s a pawn in a game she doesn’t even know she’s playing …and things are about to get a whole lot more complicated.
Maggie Parsons has only ever really loved one man – Luke Henderson the elder brother of one of her best friends and that’s where the fun starts.
When her best friends Catherine, Jenny and Pauline talk her into attending their school reunion she is worried that she will bump into Luke who she hasn’t seen for years she is worried how she will react….after all he broke her heart years before by leaving for college and never looking back. Although she doesn’t bump into Luke she does bump into his younger brother Tony who she is attracted to. Problem is at first she is not sure if this is because he reminds her of Luke of if it is a genuine attraction. Tony is funny and attentive and makes the whole experience of the reunion a little bit more bearable. At the reunion you first see how accident prone Maggie can be (a problem I can totally sympathise with as I can trip over my own shadow as my family will attest to) when her heel breaks on her shoe and she literally face plants the floor. This leads to the usual comments back at work but the boss already not happy with her and looking to makes cuts sees her appearance as the final straw and decides hers is one of the posts that can go.
Now out of a job she agrees to go on a girlie holiday before settling back into finding a new job. Even on holiday Maggie and co just can’t seem to stay out of trouble and provided further comedy moments that had me chuckling.
Back home her relationship with Tony seems to be hotting up but Luke is now also back on the scene and he is not happy that she and Tony are an item and he hints that all is not as it seems. However Maggie is not so happy that he is butting into her life when it looked like he had rejected her in the first place.
Despite the story mainly being about Maggie there are some nice side stories for her friends. Catherine is looking for love and determined to remain a virgin until her wedding day, Jenny is trying to get over her affair with her married boss and Pauline is suffering from a mystery illness that the doctors are having problems diagnosing. You get to see how close the friends really are when they all deal with areas of self-doubt and a great contrast to the madcap, sometimes hilarious situations they find themselves in.
What made a pleasant change for me with this book was that Luke, despite being good looking and having a great career was filled with doubt when it came to Maggie and how she felt about him. Usually you find they are very confident and determined to get what they want no matter the cost. This time that role goes to Tony who has his own agenda for pursuing Maggie.
At first I found that I liked Tony, after all he was good looking, charming and funny and seemed determined to help Maggie get over her heartbreak and disappointment. As the book progressed however he seemed to get a little more distant and found constant excuses for not being around. Add to that the subtle digs that Luke seemed to keep making whenever he saw Maggie and you did have to wonder what he was hiding.
My favourite character in the book though was Jenny. She seemed to have her life worked out for her on the surface and really enjoys her career which enables her and the gang to benefit from some of the perks of her job. However it was her ability to tell it as it is no matter what that I liked the most. Some of my friends would liken me to her in a way (not the career part unfortunately) as I prefer to say things as they are rather than skirt around an issue.
If you are wondering what this all has to do with “Peanuts and Eggcups” then you really need to read the book as it has something to do with their childhood.
I flew through this book quite quickly which is considering it is 727 pages long that is no small task. I found that I wanted to know if Maggie was going to stay with Tony or if she would eventually end up with Luke and if she was ever going to find that career that she really wanted. I love a book that can make me laugh and at the same time get me frustrated at some of the characters to the point I could smack them up the side of the head, it means that I have really got involved in their lives and what they are doing. Despite its length Peanuts and Eggcups is the ideal summer read and one to read whilst lounging in the sun… however if you are going abroad you may want to get the kindle version
My thanks to the author and to Authoright UKPR for the copy of Peanuts & Eggcups for review. It is available to purchase from the following retailers:
About the Author
Sara Mendes da Costa is the voice of the BT Speaking Clock; the fourth person to hold this prestigious title since 1936.
A successful, world-renowned voiceover artist, her dulcet tones are easily recognisable on television, radio, film and across countless media.
Never far from the press, she’s known for her appearances on BBC Breakfast, ITV This Morning, Children in Need, Wake up to Wogan and The Today Programme, and balances her prolific voiceover career with her passion and commitment as a novelist.
Peanuts & Eggcups, her debut novel – hotly anticipated by the industry – is “The perfect & highly addictive reading companion for women’s fiction fans”. `
A lover of laughter, creativity, great storytelling and a wee dram, Sara adores writing novels and seeks to entertain, uplift and inspire.
Her upcoming novels: Time & Time Again & Maggie Ever After, are expected in 2017.