I so loved How To Find Your First Husband by Rosie Blake, my review of which you can read here, that I can’t thank Atlantic Books enough for a copy of How To Get A (Love) Life in return for an honest review. How To Get A (Love) Life is published in e-book and paperback by Corvus, an imprint of Atlantic, and is available for purchase here.
How To Get A (Love) Life
Nicola Brown doesn’t like to lose control. Her flat is always meticulously tidy and her weekly meals carefully planned; Nicola keeps her life in order.
When her carefree colleague Caroline challenges Nicola to find a date for Valentine’s Day, it’s a surprise to them both when Nicola agrees. As Nicola’s search for a man begins, she is thrown in at the deep end – sometimes quite literally – of the dating scene. From men more likely to sell their mother than open their wallet, to those who are determined to find a girlfriend who shares their passion for extreme sports, Nicola has to run the full gamut of dodgy dates.
But as the deadline looms closer, Nicola realises it isn’t so bad to lose control. It turns out that trying to get a love life can be rather a lot of fun…
My Review of How To Get A (Love) Life
Nicola Brown is a control freak and that means not only is her flat pristine, but so are her emotions – she doesn’t let them get away from her. Perhaps she should.
What a hugely entertaining read How To Get A (Love) Life is. I enjoyed every word. Rosie Blake has the skill of producing a light, delightful read that also manages to be intelligently written so that it is effortless to immerse yourself in and escape reality for a while. I’ve said before that I rarely laugh aloud at books marketed as funny, but I certainly did with this read. It is such a fun book and I found Rosie Blake articulated exactly the kind of thoughts I often have.
I thought How To Get A (Love) Life was really deftly plotted. Many of the incidents are simple parts of everyday life that any reader can relate to, but that are presented with such humour and incisive observation of the familiar that they appear fresh and new. I loved the overall cyclical structure too as well as the ‘adverts’ which were highly amusing. i had fun trying to work out the significance of the box numbers too!
The characters are so good. Whilst Nicola is understandably the most finely drawn, the secondary characters add real layers of amusement whilst highlighting Nicola’s personality further. It took me a while to warm to Nicola completely and again I think this is a strength of the writing. She’s so uptight to begin with that the reader relaxes with her as the story progresses. Her brother Mark is just wonderful with his bat obsession and as for James, I think I was rather in love with him from the first moment!
Behind what is essentially chick-lit, are also some important messages indicated by the brackets in the title. It isn’t just Nicola’s love life that needs attention. Life is short and can so easily pass us by. We do need to ‘get out there’, as Nicola tries to do, and enjoy every moment. Reading How To Get A (Love) Life is one of those enjoyments and I really recommend it. Rosie Blake is becoming an author I know I can rely on to give me a thoroughly feel-good read. Smashing stuff!
About Rosie Blake
Rosie is an author of comic commercial fiction. She spent her university years writing pantomimes based on old classics (highlight: ‘Harry Potter: The Musical’) and went on to write short stories and features for a range of publications including Cosmopolitan,The Lady, Sunday People, Best and Reveal magazines. She worked in television as a presenter on both live and pre-recorded shows in Bristol and London.
Rosie likes baked items, taking long walks by the river and speaking about herself in the third person. Her greatest ambition in life is to become Julia Roberts’s best friend.