From Notting Hill… with Love actually – Ali McNamara
Hello blogging world! Here is my August favorite…
I have always been a bookworm but lately I find myself reading a lot more books than usual. During my stay in London I would go to the bookstore at least once every two weeks – sometimes I did not even buy books I would just have a look and wander around for hours… I just love the atmosphere in bookstores.
Most of the time I chose a book from its cover – I’m pretty sure I am not the only one! – but this time, it’s the title that got my attention. I absolutely love british romantic comedies starring Hugh Grant or Colin Firth – mock all you want, but they are classics! – so as soon as I saw “Notting Hill” and “Love Actually” I knew what the book was going to be about. And I was not disappointed!
What is endearing in this book is that you expect everything “movie-like” to happen, and it does happen. You keep thinking, “no that cannot happen, it would be too farfetched or too obvious because it would be just like in a movie” but then BAM! That’s what happens and at the end of the book you do feel like you’ve watched a good romantic comedy.
“If you love your rom-coms and know your Mark Darcy from your Daniel Cleaver then you’re going to adore this” – Carole Matthews, author of The only way is up
Here’s the plot:
Scarlett loves the movies. But does she love sensible fiancé David just as much? With a big white wedding on the horizon, Scarlett really should have decided by now…
When she has the chance to house-sit in Notting Hill – the setting of one of her favorite movies – Scarlett jumps at the chance. But living life like a movie is trickier than it seems, especially when her new neighbor Sean is so irritating. And so irritatingly handsome, too.
Scarlett soon finds herself starring in a romantic comedy of her very own: but who will end up as the leading man?