The Neighbours
Meet Ginny, 34, and Cassie, 55. Neighbours, and (very) unlikely friends. Some women have it all. Others are thirty-four, renting a tiny flat alone because they recently found their long-term boyfriend in bed with their boss. Unfortunately, the latter applies to Ginny Taylor. Single and jobless, Ginny is certain her life can’t get any worse. But then she encounters her downstairs neighbour for the very first time... Cassie Frost is a woman who had it all – she was a once-loved actress, but a recent stint on reality TV has rocketed her to online infamy. She’s suddenly become a national hate figure – and she desperately needs a new publicist. And Ginny is a publicist who desperately needs a job... but can she be persuaded to work for the uber-difficult, excessively prickly woman that lives below her floorboards? Because sometimes – just sometimes – bad neighbours become good friends...

The Neighbours Details

TitleThe Neighbours
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 6th, 2020
PublisherAvon
ISBN-139780008355395
Rating
GenreContemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance, Fiction

The Neighbours Review

  • Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and ReviewsThe Neighbours was a womens fiction that revolved around Ginny and her neighbor Cassie. It was about friendship, fighting depression, relationship, getting over fear, and working to achieve dream.Writing was good. I liked the way author represented Ginnys mediocre life and Cassie defamed life with realistic tone that had balance of seriousness and wit. Story was told from Ginnys perspective.Book started with 34-yr-old Ginny talking You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and ReviewsThe Neighbours was a women’s fiction that revolved around Ginny and her neighbor Cassie. It was about friendship, fighting depression, relationship, getting over fear, and working to achieve dream.Writing was good. I liked the way author represented Ginny’s mediocre life and Cassie’ defamed life with realistic tone that had balance of seriousness and wit. Story was told from Ginny’s perspective.Book started with 34-yr-old Ginny talking about her simple life whose fertility clock was ticking at rapid rate. She was holding onto her boyfriend to fulfil her simple life by marrying and producing babies with her. But that went to downhill when she found him having pleasure with her boss at her own flat. You can guess where this is going. Jobless, boyfriend-less, wallowing in sadness and self-pity was not exactly a picture she imagined. At the same time her neighbor, Cassie was turning into national hate figure after a reality show. She needed publicist who can help improve her reputation and Ginny desperately needed a job.Now Ginny lacked confidence and she was not sure she could handle Cassie’s bad reputation and a prickly nature while Cassie no matter what people says never lacked confidence and her power of persuasion was irresistible.The story was about two totally opposite in nature and in life style neighbours forming strong friendship, helping each other in all kind of situation, uplifting other from depression, giving an honest opinions, and developing over the time.This was character driven story and relationships between characters and their life was most important part of the story. When I read synopsis, I knew I’m going to have wonderful female friendship and I wasn’t disappointed there. I expected this book to be fun and light-hearted but it was much more than just friendship and fun moments, there was darkness, sadness and depression. Ginny was timid, squeamish, and a pushover but at the same time she was nice at heart, helped her family and friends. She definitely deserved better than non-committing, competitive, and self-centered Jack. I really felt for her in the beginning but then she was wallowing and whining too much. I had really difficult time to warm with her but when she actually started helping Cassie when she was going through depression, I liked her a little more. But then she had to make that stupidest decision. I wasn’t happy with it. Then again she became such wonderful neighbor, I started liking her back. You see my like and dislike for her was really bumpy ride.I can see why she was taking one after another disastrous decisions but how could she not see the relationship she was giving a chance won’t last long and what that guy was doing to her. Can a person really be blind in obsession of family and child? I know the answer and we have read thrillers who have given us horrible layout on that. Another point was she never voiced her thoughts and took decision based on what she assumed. I mean you are already hurting somebody what harm would come if you can just say what you’re thinking! It was just so hard to warm to her.Anyway, I loved her development (that definitely could come earlier) and what she did for Cassie. I admired when she worked to achieve her dream and her amazing decision (one and only) when she got over her fears in climax.Now even though Ginny was near my age and Cassie much older (55), I connected with her and I liked her from the very beginning. I could see she was bitchy, temperamental and difficult woman but she was honest, brave, bold, and spoke her mind. Yep, total badass. The way people treating her making her national hate figure, it was really horrible. Oh hell, some even said she should have died! I don’t understand why and she was taking it all with such brave face, rode the hate wave like diva. But of course she was human and it affected her. I loved the way she fought her depression, gave her loved ones a chance, and developed by the end of the book. No doubt she was my favorite character.Some side characters were good while some were shockingly horrible. My second favorite character was Nick. He was such a gentleman and lovely guy.What I liked most was the message conveyed here through Cassie and Ginny’s story. Depression can come to any one at any time, some face it during their downtime while some can face their worst time and see depression coming much later. There are so many ways to treat depression but it’s different for every person. What works for one person might not work for another. Depressed person should not be left alone they need love, care and companionship no matter how much they denies. Another message was never stop chasing your dream. It’s always hard but there’s always a way or an alternative. You cannot just depend on others to get what you want. And the most common one- talk about your problem with concerning person, don’t just assume things and take decision that you might regret later.There were few twists and turning points in the book that kept me hooked to story. I really dreaded a heartbreak or even worst but thank fully the end wasn’t bittersweet. It was chocolicious sweet.Why 4 stars-Ginny was really frustrating most of the time. I wanted to shake her so hard. As I said it was just so hard to warm to her.The thing is I loved Cassie I wanted few chapters from her perspective. We are told she was bitchy and did things on reality show that had turned her into hate figure. It was not in detail what exactly happened or what she said, how she felt/so suddenly felt depressed. I wanted to give that middle portion which was so focused on Ginny’s stupid decision to Cassie.Overall, it was great read with strong message and friendship that all women’s fiction readers would love to read.*** Note: I received e-copy this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Publisher and NetGalley. ***
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  • Mark
    January 1, 1970
    A proper jaunty feel good affair of a bookMeet Ginny, 34, in P.R., unlucky in love but self effacing and lovelyMeet Cassie 55, ex Bond actress now reality TV star with a vicious tongue and acidic humourBoth women are the complete opposites of what you would imagine a friendship could be, but as neighbours in London apartments via a set of circumstances that is what they, tentatively, becomeI LOVED them both, their polar opposite personalities really worked well and as their friendship blossomed A proper jaunty feel good affair of a bookMeet Ginny, 34, in P.R., unlucky in love but self effacing and ‘lovely’Meet Cassie 55, ex Bond actress now reality TV ‘star’ with a vicious tongue and acidic humourBoth women are the complete opposites of what you would imagine a friendship could be, but as neighbours in London apartments via a set of circumstances that is what they, tentatively, becomeI LOVED them both, their polar opposite personalities really worked well and as their friendship blossomed so did the hilarity and also equally the sadness of their lives Bang full of wonderfully evil co-workers to caddish lovers the book has many many likeable and likeable characters to hate and not one a dud, every person in the book was easily placed in my mind such were the descriptions givenThe book deals with unexpected friendship, romance, work relationships and a really touchingly unusual part about Ginny’s parents livesSome of the situations are lol farce comedy they really are, some bring a tear but I guarantee you will remember these 2 and I hope, really hope, there is a follow on bookWonderful!10/105 Stars
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  • Louise Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars rounded up to 4Ginny and Cassie were neighbours who quickly become friends. Ginny walked in on her boss and her boyfriend in a comprising position. She ends up loosing her job. Cassie is an aging star who suffers with depression. Ginny tries to help Cassie get her life back on track and becomes her PR.I did not know what I was really expecting when I started reading this book. Its told from Ginnys point of view. I liked Ginny, she's made mistakes, but who hasn't? It touches on a lot of 3.5 stars rounded up to 4Ginny and Cassie were neighbours who quickly become friends. Ginny walked in on her boss and her boyfriend in a comprising position. She ends up loosing her job. Cassie is an aging star who suffers with depression. Ginny tries to help Cassie get her life back on track and becomes her PR.I did not know what I was really expecting when I started reading this book. Its told from Ginnys point of view. I liked Ginny, she's made mistakes, but who hasn't? It touches on a lot of difficult topics but it also has some humor. There were parts that seemed to drag on a bit. It's well written and fast paced. This is an easy ook to read with a storyline that's realistic and characters that could easily live next door to you.I would like to thank NetGalley, Avon Books UK and the author Nicola Gill for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    This was a difficult read for me. It provoked a range of emotions and not many of them were my favourite, warm and fuzzy feelings. Well-written, I found the subject matter at times rather uncomfortable and sometimes struggled to fully engage with the plot.Undoubtedly, the cover of this novel completely juxtaposes the subject matter. I was anticipating a chick flick sort of story with comedy and romance. However, instead Gill presents loneliness, old-age, depression and social pressures. There This was a difficult read for me. It provoked a range of emotions and not many of them were my favourite, ‘warm and fuzzy’ feelings. Well-written, I found the subject matter at times rather uncomfortable and sometimes struggled to fully engage with the plot.Undoubtedly, the cover of this novel completely juxtaposes the subject matter. I was anticipating a “chick flick” sort of story with comedy and romance. However, instead Gill presents loneliness, old-age, depression and social pressures. There wasn’t much comedy and although I chuckled over Ginny’s private thoughts, this did little to relieve the overwhelming sadness in this story.Ginny is a character whom I believe (sadly) many women can relate to. After losing her job, she faces pressures on how to make ends meet with zero income and mounting bills. Interview after interview, Gill describes the difficulties of trying to find a new job in a crowded market. On top of this, when Ginny walks in on her boyfriend cheating on her, she suddenly feels extremely alone. Her new housemate is forever with her own boyfriend, emphasising how Ginny does not have this relationship. Nearing her mid-thirties, Ginny feels the pressure of her “biological clock”. She is desperate to have children and is extremely conscious that being single will not help! All around her she feels everyone has a family and is settled down. Instead, Ginny believes that “time is running out” and fears she will not achieve her dream. It is a sombre set of topics because the expectation to have a family is so prevalent in society and I think the writer carefully captures Ginny’s private torment, whilst also, eventually, proving that such dilemmas can be overcome.Ginny’s neighbour, Cassie, did not feature as much as I expected. Whilst Ginny learns many things from her cantankerous elder, I thought that Cassie would have an more obvious position in Ginny’s “learning”. When things take a turn for the worse, this plot strand adds a further sombre element to the story. Indeed, with recent news stories and the re-focus on ‘Be Kind’, I felt a little uncomfortable reading some of the chapters. This is at no fault to the writer, just a coincidence of bad timing.Despite the low self-esteem from both female protagonists, it has to be acknowledged that this is a story of hope. Both Ginny and Cassie do turn things around and whilst the path is challenging, it is intended to prove to readers the importance of being in control of your own destiny. It is this thoughtful tone that helps lighten the gravitas of the overall plot.This was a well-written and thought-provoking story. My criticisms are based on my own expectations of the novel. I was hoping for something light-hearted and fun – this is not the case with Gill’s offering. The characters are certainly types that many readers will relate to; I believe this book is best enjoyed sandwiched between more upbeat stories and bearing in mind the topics acknowledged, it should be remembered that this does finish on a happy note.With thanks to Avon books and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mackey
    January 1, 1970
    In this era of ageism it is wonderful to see a book about two women with roughly two decades of difference in their ages come together in a celebration of friendship.Ginny is a thirty-something woman who is struggling with her place in life. She feels unfilled in her job but has no idea how to get a different and better one. When she walks in on her live-in boyfriend shagging her boss in Cassies own apartment she is forced into looking at life from a different, jobless perspective. She is good In this era of “ageism” it is wonderful to see a book about two women with roughly two decades of difference in their ages come together in a celebration of friendship.Ginny is a thirty-something woman who is struggling with her place in life. She feels unfilled in her job but has no idea how to get a different and better one. When she walks in on her live-in boyfriend shagging her boss – in Cassie’s own apartment – she is forced into looking at life from a different, jobless perspective. She is good at what she does – marketing and PR – but she isn’t always on her game when it comes to job interviews.Her neighbor, Cassie, is a fifty-something, well known actress who, sadly, has sabotaged her career over time with her boorish behavior, uncensored mouth and worse. She desperately needs an agent or PR consultant to help her get her life back in gear but no one will touch her, not even with a ten foot pole!Cassie talks Ginny into helping and soon the two realize, well, they have absolutely nothing in common and barely can tolerate one another. As they work together, however, they realize that one doesn’t always have to have similarity as a foundation upon which to build a great friendship. Both of these women learn from one another, help each other turn their weaknesses into strength and, ultimately, they form a beautiful friendship.The Neighbours is a humorous, witty look at relationships of all types and illustrates how each of us have something to offer to one another, despite our differences. And yes, in today’s world where differences are highlighted and maligned, it is a joy to see how our lack of sameness can be a strength. This is a wonderful, well written story of friendship that is perfect for readers of all genres.
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  • Whispering Stories
    January 1, 1970
    Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.comThirty-four-year-old Ginny has had the worst week of luck. First, her best friend moves out of the flat they shared for a swanky new job in America. Then she comes home to find her boyfriend in her flat and hes not alone, hes caught in the act with her boss of all people, and now she has lost her PR job too.Fifty-five-year-old Cassie was once a loved actress, now after a stint on Im a celebrity in which she came across as rude, obnoxious and completely Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.comThirty-four-year-old Ginny has had the worst week of luck. First, her best friend moves out of the flat they shared for a swanky new job in America. Then she comes home to find her boyfriend in her flat and he’s not alone, he’s caught in the act with her boss of all people, and now she has lost her PR job too.Fifty-five-year-old Cassie was once a loved actress, now after a stint on I’m a celebrity in which she came across as rude, obnoxious and completely horrible the public has turned on her.The two women live in the same block of flats and with Cassie now needing a PR specialist and Ginny being out of work, can they help one another out? How will these two, very different women cope with one another and can Ginny make the public see another side to Cassie? – That’s if she has one!The Neighbours was an enjoyable read though it did take me quite a few chapters to get into it and warm to the characters. The plot is amusing in parts and it was fun to watch these two women who are like chalk and cheese work together. There were also some poignant moments and sections that focused on mental health that was written exceptionally well.There were parts within the book that I felt were there to pad it out, such as Ginny’s new flat-mate and her boyfriend. I didn’t feel they added much to the story or that I particularly found them likeable, they were just there if you get where I’m coming from.I did find that the more I read the more I could emphasis with both women and that it was wonderful to see them both grow as individuals as well as form a lovely friendship. You also get to see under the wooden exterior of Cassie. It is lovely to read about two women who though very different were both plausible and realistic.This is a book about how friendship can be formed even in the most unlikely situations and with people who seem the polar opposites of one another. Sometimes you need someone different to you to make you understand more about yourself and to show you another side to life.
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  • The Nerd Daily
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Laura GlassmanThe Neighbours tells the story of two women, their unlikely friendship, and how each puts their life back together after they experience personal and professional upsets.Ginny, the most central character, is 34 at the time that the story opens. At the start of the novel, she reflects that her life is not where she hoped or expected it to be at that time. She works an uninteresting job in public relations, but really dreams of Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Laura GlassmanThe Neighbours tells the story of two women, their unlikely friendship, and how each puts their life back together after they experience personal and professional upsets.Ginny, the most central character, is 34 at the time that the story opens. At the start of the novel, she reflects that her life is not where she hoped or expected it to be at that time. She works an uninteresting job in public relations, but really dreams of writing a novel one day. One day, she discovers her boyfriend of the time cheating on her with her boss in her own apartment. She dumps her boyfriend and, unsurprisingly, cannot stay at her job. This provokes many further thoughts and feelings about where she is in her life and her goals for herself.Before long, Ginny encounters Cassie, her downstairs neighbour. Cassie is a 50-something year old actress who is suffering a career upset after a series of reputation-damaging stories following an embarrassing television appearance. She has also experienced more than one failed marriage. Ginny initially judges Cassie and it appears that she has little in common with her given their different life experiences. However, she slowly gets to know her, eventually accepting an offer from Cassie to do PR for her personally. However unlikely the friendship appears at first, the friendship that develops is a very positive one. Because of the similarities of their perceived failures, they are able to help each other through the things that they are going through and support and encourage each other both emotionally and in their romantic and professional lives.This is an excellent book for anyone who’s ever felt that they should be in a certain place or have accomplished something specific at a certain point in their life, but had not. For instance, all of the things that happen to Ginny at the start of the novel happen when she is in her mid 30’s. As a result, she constantly worries that she’ll never get a chance to have kids because she doesn’t have the right relationship. She finds herself comparing herself to her sister, who seems to have it all together compared to her. She feels like a total mess for a time. Many readers will find this refreshing because so many of us have had a period in our lives when we feel like we haven’t accomplished enough or are comparing ourselves to others. None of us are perfect.Ginny’s narrative is completely honest and funny. It is often stream of thought, Ginny imagining what she’d say or do in a situation. She is self-conscious and uncertain of herself early on, but she has a sense of humour about it (“Perhaps I can run masterclasses on how now to behave in interviews.”) It is easy to sense her disappointment at her failures and to inwardly cheer for her successes. Cassie is often insecure but also doesn’t realise what good judgement she truly has. She is so genuine that she can’t help but be a character who many readers will find relatable.As Nicola Gill writes, “This is a book that celebrates friendship” and it does that well. It is an enjoyable book for those who appreciate stories about seemingly different people who find a connection with each other and become dear friends. Ginny goes from initially judging Cassie to enjoying her company and standing up for her. Cassie initially appears simply snobby and ungrounded, but she ends up giving Ginny useful insights into herself and life advice, for instance encouraging her to take a creative writing class. This is a lovely story about how friends support each other, even when growth and improvement of life circumstances is not linear. Eventually, it becomes clear that Cassie is like family to Ginny and her well-being takes precedence over other things including work commitments and her love life. This book is a testament to the value of good friendships in our lives. It also shows how people can show up for each other and come along in your life in ways that you don’t expect. Friends can truly save one another.One caveat is that in this novel, the story about the friendship far outshines other parts of the storyline. This reader found the plot as it related to the development of Ginny and Cassie’s romantic lives relatively uninteresting and less developed compared with the story of their burgeoning friendship. I wished more time had been devoted to the development of Ginny’s newer relationship after her breakup, or her boyfriend Nick’s character. It felt like she just jumped right into things and it went from point A to point B with little build up. Though there are more twists to that aspect of the story than what initially happens, this felt like a let- down. Additionally, I was not as invested in the story of who Cassie finds romantically. To Nicola Gill’s credit, this is a story that was intended first and foremost to be about celebrating friendship, and it does that well. It just would have been nice to have felt more invested in the side storylines as well.The book touches on mental health issues (namely, depression) and the importance of taking them seriously rather than being dismissive of them. Nicola Gill showcases this issue in a sensitive way and shows how someone can be a good friend to a person with depression. She also talks about therapy in a way that is positive about the benefits it can have.Both characters grow and change substantially over the course of the novel, and so, this is a story about two women’s journeys in picking up their lives and finding greater happiness. Ginny grows and begins to take greater ownership of her decisions, and Cassie finds happier relationships and peace in who she is. It is only through the way the two support one another that they are each able to find greater happiness. While The Neighbours is missing depth in some areas, it is a tremendous testament to the power of friendship and the way people can be there for each other through thick and thin.
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  • Jenna
    January 1, 1970
    This book had a lot promise but frustrated me so much. I was really excited to pick this one up and Im very thankful for the opportunity to read the advanced copy. Characters are everything. I was very annoyed with the main character throughout the story. I could not connect with her at all. There were times when she was interacting with other characters in the book and I began to like her but then the inner dialogue would start and I was back to frustrated. I almost DNFd this book a couple This book had a lot promise but frustrated me so much. I was really excited to pick this one up and I’m very thankful for the opportunity to read the advanced copy. Characters are everything. I was very annoyed with the main character throughout the story. I could not connect with her at all. There were times when she was interacting with other characters in the book and I began to like her but then the inner dialogue would start and I was back to frustrated. I almost DNF’d this book a couple times but decided to push through thinking it would get better. It didn’t. This book was just not for me.
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  • Adi Rocks Socks (semi hiatus)
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars.You look at the title and think its probably a thriller, because there seems to be a trend these days when it comes to thrillers theres either a girl somewhere, a wife somewhere, or a neighbour somewhere.But nope, this is a book about two neighbours who live in the same building. Its a story about the unlikely friendship they form, and how they help each other grow as individuals. Clinical depression is dealt with beautifully in Nicola Gills debut novel, as one of the characters 4 stars.You look at the title and think it’s probably a thriller, because there seems to be a trend these days when it comes to thrillers — there’s either a girl somewhere, a wife somewhere, or a neighbour somewhere.But nope, this is a book about two neighbours who live in the same building. It’s a story about the unlikely friendship they form, and how they help each other grow as individuals. Clinical depression is dealt with beautifully in Nicola Gill’s debut novel, as one of the characters undergoes a massive spell. The rock solid friendship formed between two women, with an age gap of twenty years, is the crux of the story.One of the neighbours is Ginny, a woman who tries to put her life back together from one of festering mediocrity — she’s at a dead end job and the only thing she relies on is that she has a boyfriend whom she’s serious with — until she catches said boyfriend cheating on her with her boss. (Yikes!) She’s paranoid about her biological clock, thanks to excessive conditioning by the media, and is afraid of being alone in life — a fear that most human beings share.The other half of the titular duo is Cassie — a small time actress who’s under media fire for a ton of things she says and does. She’s in her fifties, and is unapologetic about what she says in a time when it’s necessary to be PC all the time. She’s not racist or homophobic — in fact she’s vocal about speaking out against discrimination in real life — but somehow lands with her foot in her mouth, which is always recorded for posterity by the paparazzi. The second half of the story focuses on how she gets back on her feet as she struggles with depression, her friendship with Ginny being the rock that is instrumental in her recovery.The story is narrated in a very lighthearted manner from Ginny’s point of view, but it never trivialises any of the issues that either of the main characters face. It doesn’t try to be unnecessarily humorous, but there’s an underlying sense of wit, that shines through at the right moments.The story does feature romance, but it never delves into it. Things happen as they happen, and the primary focus is only on the characters’ professional lives and their personal development. It passes the Bechdel’s test with flying colours — and it that sense, I’d call it feminist. The right term for this novel would be “women’s literature”, not to be confused with the stereotyped category of “chick lit”.The only qualms I had with this book is that it could have been shorter. While the first 40% of the book and the last 30% were engaging, the first few chapters especially so, the story kind of idled in the middle. I read this in four days flat despite a heavy workload — I couldn’t stop reading, but a lot of the middle could have been edited to be crisper. The descriptions were excessive at times, though at others, that was the backbone for some lighthearted humour. It still could have been made shorter, though.Reading this book was a refreshing change. I saw the cover and description, and decided I had to give it a try — the cover is quirky and cute, and reminds me of O. Henry for some reason. It’s not a book for those who want a fast paced plot, or those who want some action. This book essentially is just a time lapse capture of two women who lead remarkably ordinary lives, over the period of about 18 months.I truly enjoyed this breath of fresh air, and would like to see what Nicola Gill writes next. The book is slated to be published in Feb 2020, and I hope it does well.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an opportunity to read an advance copy of this book — I truly enjoyed it.
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  • Karen Whittard
    January 1, 1970
    For me the subject matter of the book was a little hard to read about. But the characters were lovely. I found it a little bit sad and heartbreaking as I could relate to it on many levels. But it was a well written book.
  • Shreeya Sharma
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5A sweet feel good story about two women, their unlikely friendship and the way they help each other put their lives together after going through struggles and self doubts.Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the ARC
  • Mairead Hearne (swirlandthread.com)
    January 1, 1970
    To get up from rock bottom, youve got to take the stairs The Neighbours was published with Avon Books on February 6th and is described as a funny, honest and moving exploration of life, love, friendship and navigating the emotional rollercoaster of your thirties and beyond.The Neighbours is a warm and light-hearted tale about discovering who you really are and what it is thats important to you. Ginny Taylor is in her thirties and in a relationship that has seen better days. She is in a job in ‘To get up from rock bottom, you’ve got to take the stairs…’ The Neighbours was published with Avon Books on February 6th and is described as ‘a funny, honest and moving exploration of life, love, friendship and navigating the emotional rollercoaster of your thirties… and beyond.’The Neighbours is a warm and light-hearted tale about discovering who you really are and what it is that’s important to you. Ginny Taylor is in her thirties and in a relationship that has seen better days. She is in a job in PR that doesn’t fulfill and her best friend, Nancy, is moving Stateside, leaving Ginny without a housemate and a shoulder to cry on.Ginny begins to look at others, folks with careers that have taken off and who are in happy relationships. Friends have babies, successful jobs, beautiful homes and loving partners, yet Ginny is standing still. Now at an age where her life-goals are changing, Ginny begins to feel overwhelmed and lost. When an unexpected situation results in Ginny losing her job, she comes to the realisation that she needs to make some dramatic changes in her life.Ginny never really knew any of her neighbours. With a busy life, she passed in and out of her home without considering what lives were behind the doors of the other apartments in her complex. One day she comes into contact with one of her neighbours, Cassie Frost who has just completed a turn on a reality TV show. Cassie is an actress with a poisonous tongue and an attitude. Her career is in trouble as work dries up, leaving Cassie very bitter and very peeved off with her life and society at large. Cassie’s reputation is dirtied and now she is badly in need of a makeover. Ginny is a PR expert at a loose end with no immediate prospects. A match perhaps made in heaven?Ginny and Cassie initially have a casual connection but after awhile they each begin to observe the other and a tentative friendship ensues. An unlikely pairing, they learn to support each other and help each other out in times of emotional crisis. Cassie and Ginny are at different stages in their lives, both professionally and with regard to relationships, giving them at times opposing views on life but something clicks and they begin to understand each other better.Ginny and Cassie, while on different journeys, both have so much in common and so much to learn. The pain, the fear and the traumas of life impact us all no matter our age or our past. Ginny and Cassie together learn the importance of friendship. Both are faced with very serious scenarios, life-changing moments where doors open and close but through all of it they face these challenges together.Nicola Gill raises some very prevalent and relevant societal themes throughout the chapters. Themes relating to mental health, relationships, friendships, family, and children are all handled with a sensitive pen. The characters are all very believable adding a very authentic feel to their lives and the circumstances they find themselves in.The Neighbours is a charming and touching read about life and the choices we make. An entertaining and delightful debut, the perfect read for anyone looking for a cosy read.
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  • Gaele
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars ~ Rounded Told from the point of view of Ginny, now 34, working for a boss she abhors, in a flat relationship that she thinks will bring her the dream, but wont correct her boyfriends bad behavior, losing a flatmate to the hustle and bustle of New York, and generally thinking that shes stagnated when others have moved on. Oh and she has MASSIVE baby fever, with all of the engagements, pregnancies and promotions that scroll across her social media daily. But walking in on her boyfriend 3.5 Stars ~ Rounded Told from the point of view of Ginny, now 34, working for a boss she abhors, in a flat relationship that she thinks will bring her the “dream”, but won’t ‘correct her boyfriend’s bad behavior, losing a flatmate to the hustle and bustle of New York, and generally thinking that she’s stagnated when others have moved on. Oh – and she has MASSIVE baby fever, with all of the engagements, pregnancies and ‘promotions’ that scroll across her social media daily. But walking in on her boyfriend in a compromising position with her boss tosses everything to the wind – and she’s soon unemployed after a colossal scene, and retreats into a pity party for one, appropriate behavior optional. And we have plenty of these pity party moments from Ginny, who has one of the strongest self-sabotaging voices in the world, that constantly tap on the little self-esteem she has, and have her second guessing everything. When her downstairs neighbor, an aging actress just off a stint on a reality show that went pear-shaped for her coaxes her into performing a bit of ‘PR’ to polish up her image, Ginny reluctantly steps up, in between several failed interviews for new jobs, a promising ‘future’ possible opportunity through a friend, and much (make that CONSTANT) self-flagellation over her own perceived ‘failures. Through a solid boyfriend after several tossers, an up and down relationship with Cassie’s needs for ‘attention’ and her stuttering star, and then Cassie’s near abrupt dive into a serious depression, Ginny is pretty self-absorbed while wanting to do the right thing: even when her own experience is lacking. And Gill handles the second guessing, the depression and the support from Ginny with flair – showing Ginny’s hopelessness in the face of Cassie’s illness and lack of response. But there was just something not quite accessible in Ginny. Obviously she was good at her job or people wouldn’t follow her and look to see her succeed – but even a ‘can you come to my office’ sent her into instant thoughts of being fired, her lack of openness with the ‘good’ boyfriend left her spinning her wheels in regret and impulsivity, and through it all, despite saying it – never really found that ‘steel’ within herself to move forward and be confident. And there was so much I wanted to really Like about Ginny, or really wanted to see her just ‘man up’ and move on without overthinking, which made her so frustrating, and perhaps a bit too real? We’ve all had the moments, and compare ourselves and our lives to those we see on Social Media – and maybe, in many ways, this floundering from Ginny is what is more needed by everyone. At any rate, despite the low self esteem and the clinical depression that were both key elements of the story, it was easy to read and engaging, and the voices were clear, if there were several places where the ‘getting to know” Ginny and her background could and should have been cut down as they wandered and dragged without enhancing the ultimate story. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed
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  • Nicola Smith
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to read The Neighbours because I thought it would be a lovely read but I have to say it far exceeded even my high expectations for it. I absolutely loved it!This is the story of two women: Ginny and Cassie. They're neighbours in that Ginny lives in the flat above Cassie. On paper they have little in common. Ginny is in her 30s, works in PR and has a boyfriend who constantly lets her down. Cassie is in her 50s, a former actress now at the stage where the highlight of her career is eating I wanted to read The Neighbours because I thought it would be a lovely read but I have to say it far exceeded even my high expectations for it. I absolutely loved it!This is the story of two women: Ginny and Cassie. They're neighbours in that Ginny lives in the flat above Cassie. On paper they have little in common. Ginny is in her 30s, works in PR and has a boyfriend who constantly lets her down. Cassie is in her 50s, a former actress now at the stage where the highlight of her career is eating kangaroo bum on I'm A Celebrity and even that doesn't endear her to the general public.These two women become unlikely friends. Ginny is drawn to Cassie who wonders if Ginny can turn her career around, being in PR as she is. It's a lovely story of their growing friendship but it is ultimately Ginny's story and I so enjoyed following her for this period of her life when she's about to turn 35 and her biological clock is ticking very loudly. She's going through a difficult time and not even her beloved Twirl Bites can help.Nicola Gill has such an engaging writing style. I laughed out loud many times as I found the humour just to my taste. But I also sympathised with Ginny and Cassie and really wanted things to work out for them in the end. It's the ultimate feel-good story, light-hearted in many ways but still addressing those eternal issues of love, relationships, careers, and the way women sometimes start to feel invisible as they get older. Whenever I picked The Neighbours up I just didn't want to put it down. I'd love to know what happens to Ginny next - sequel please!
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  • lena ☀️
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Avon Books UK for providing me an ARC of this for review! Honestly only finished this because it was for review. I don't think this type of book was for me at all. I don't think this type of book was for me at all. I never want to say a book entirely didn't work, there are always good things to find. For me though, this book just never sat right with me. From the start, the main character, Ginny, makes such instant and horrible assumptions about EVERY woman she meets. Every woman is Thank you to Avon Books UK for providing me an ARC of this for review! Honestly only finished this because it was for review. I don't think this type of book was for me at all. I don't think this type of book was for me at all. I never want to say a book entirely didn't work, there are always good things to find. For me though, this book just never sat right with me. From the start, the main character, Ginny, makes such instant and horrible assumptions about EVERY woman she meets. Every woman is dressed too young for her age or looks too bubbly or just seems a bit of a tramp. She sees her ex with a new woman at one point and spends the rest of the book calling her "A-man-da" which was just painful to read.She blames all the bad things in her life on everyone and everything else when realistically it's due to her own lack of self motivation and her inability to say what she means/wants. Sure we all struggle with that at points but it is near constant for her.This book deals with someone getting depression that Ginny helps with and the way it was depicted really did not sit well with me. I've had depression and am on my way out of it at the moment but the way it was used here was just eh to me. It felt more like a way to get the reader to feel sympathy for Ginny, saying "oh look she helped her friend when she had depression!" The depression felt more like a project for Ginny to focus on and then oop suddenly friend is happy, she's off to go get married, problem solved. Shocking news but being in a relationship actually does not stop depression??? I'm sure this book is for someone, but. also sure that someone is not me. Anyway! I don't want to talk about this book ever again! Remind me never to request women's fiction on NetGalley again!
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  • Georgi_Lvs_Books
    January 1, 1970
    Meet Ginny, 34, and Cassie, 55. Neighbours, and (very) unlikely friends.This was a really fun read. I enjoyed the main characters and was able to connect with them easily. Some funny moments that made me burst out laughing. Perfect for fans of contemporary/romance/chick-lit genre.
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  • Ems. (afternoonbookery)
    January 1, 1970
    I love Contemporary books and i dont read them enough and every time i do i remember why i love them - so i was so excited to be on the blog tour for this.We meet Ginny, and she is having a bit of a tough time, she started out living with her best friend, having a boyfriend and was ready to settle down but instead ends up single and with her best friend moving away as well as loosing her job after throwing a plant at her boss - life suddenly isnt great. Then we meet Cassie who also had it all, I love Contemporary books and i dont read them enough and every time i do i remember why i love them - so i was so excited to be on the blog tour for this.We meet Ginny, and she is having a bit of a tough time, she started out living with her best friend, having a boyfriend and was ready to settle down but instead ends up single and with her best friend moving away as well as loosing her job after throwing a plant at her boss - life suddenly isnt great. Then we meet Cassie who also had it all, fame, fortune and a career but after going on a reality show she ends up a hate figure and in need of some good PR.The pair settle into an unlikely friendship as they try to navigate the disaster that is there lives we see their bond strengthen. The Neighbours is overall a real feel good read but it certainly has some sad and emotive moments that has your heart hurting for the characters. It felt so realistic and i could visually see it playing out in front of me like a film. The characters were well written and they were flawed and real, they had strong personality traits which instantly allows the reader to get to know them some more. The supporting cast were equally as strong and you really want to help the pair get their lives back together and get the ending they are dreaming of.A fantastic contemporary read that all readers really should be picking up!
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  • Caroline Kerdouci
    January 1, 1970
    Neighbours Ginny and Cassie meet at just the right moment in their lives, in this charming romcom from Nicola Gill.Ginny, in her mid thirties, suddenly finds herself out of her PR job having discovered her boyfriend Jack in a rather compromising situation with her boss Annabelle. Oops!! Cassie, a once lauded actress of stage and screen is keen to make a come back after her initial disastrous attempt in the jungle reality Tv show. Who better than Ginny, who whilst in between jobs and determined Neighbours Ginny and Cassie meet at just the right moment in their lives, in this charming romcom from Nicola Gill.Ginny, in her mid thirties, suddenly finds herself out of her PR job having discovered her boyfriend Jack in a rather compromising situation with her boss Annabelle. Oops!! Cassie, a once lauded actress of stage and screen is keen to make a come back after her initial disastrous attempt in the jungle reality Tv show. Who better than Ginny, who whilst in between jobs and determined to become a published writer, could help her achieve her dream??That’s the premise for this novel which is lighthearted with some hilarious scenarios. Struggling to find another job and clearly failing in the relationship department, these two neighbours become unlikely friends and as their friendship develops we get further insight into what makes these women who they are.I think I almost prefer the character of Cassie over Ginny, for her outspoken behaviour, cynicism and tendency to say the wrong thing landing herself in hot water time and time again. As a once famous actress she has some great anecdotes about the showbiz world and is still incredibly glamorous if (almost)completely self centred. On the other hand Ginny is the typical thirty something looking to find The One and her biological clock is ticking loudly, a fairly predictable character of this genre. She doesn’t have much self belief, either in her own creative writing abilities or in her role in PR, even when she lands another great job at a media agency. Both these characters symbolise some of the internal struggles we all face as women, lack of confidence, desire to find true love, hang ups about our appearance and fear of becoming old and forgotten. This makes Ginny and Cassie very relatable characters and they are easy to like.Predictably, even when Ginny meets Nick, an eligible perfectly lovely man, the path of true love is littered with obstacles. Surprise surprise!! However, whilst this is on the face of it a breezy uncomplicated read, the author does tackle the real problem of depression albeit with a lighthearted touch so thankfully it’s not entirely fluffy and nice throughout!I found this novel immensely pleasurable to read, easily caught up in these two fictional women’s lives and their unlikely friendship. Friendship is such an important part of everyday life and this storyline proves that often people come into your lives at certain times when what they have to offer is exactly what you need. Heartwarming and a perfect excuse to escape reality, this romcom will put a smile on your face and satisfy a need for a happy ending.My thanks as always to the author and publisher and Netgalley for allowing me to read in exchange for an honest review.
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  • alomie
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5 stars, but I actually liked this one, wholly predictable but she makes you work for it and there are some genuinely awesome characters in this.I enjoyed bounding through this and would recommend to anyone who is about to lie on a beach and read their socks off.
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  • Mystica
    January 1, 1970
    Cassie and Ginny are neighbours. 55 and 35 respectively very un alike in ways, attitudes and characteristics but both are tenacious, both underlying the frivolity are good people and this is their story. Of hopelessness, despair, depression, relationships, the difficulty in finding (and keeping) a partner and their hopes for their futures.It was a mish mash of feelings and basic living and trying to come to terms with life and come to terms they did - eventually. Ginny's basic fear of ending up Cassie and Ginny are neighbours. 55 and 35 respectively very un alike in ways, attitudes and characteristics but both are tenacious, both underlying the frivolity are good people and this is their story. Of hopelessness, despair, depression, relationships, the difficulty in finding (and keeping) a partner and their hopes for their futures.It was a mish mash of feelings and basic living and trying to come to terms with life and come to terms they did - eventually. Ginny's basic fear of ending up alone without a family is shared by many and many would be able to empathise with her in this story though at times she annoyed me no end. Cassie is someone as a neighbor you'd steer well clear of - she was a pain in the butt but Ginny obviously saw beyond the façade.The story was an excellent one and I will be looking out for this author in the future as well.
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  • Missy
    January 1, 1970
    Book #10 read in 2020Ginny is struggling in life and love, in a job that is not her dream and in a relationship with a cad. Until she meets Cassie, her neighbor, who forces her to look inside herself to find what she really wants.I enjoyed the love/hate relationship between Ginny and Cassie. Cassie was hard to like, but Ginny never wanted to give up on her. In the process, Ginny gains confidence in herself. I like how REAL Ginny is. She is as believable as she is flawed. I would enjoy having her Book #10 read in 2020Ginny is struggling in life and love, in a job that is not her dream and in a relationship with a cad. Until she meets Cassie, her neighbor, who forces her to look inside herself to find what she really wants.I enjoyed the love/hate relationship between Ginny and Cassie. Cassie was hard to like, but Ginny never wanted to give up on her. In the process, Ginny gains confidence in herself. I like how REAL Ginny is. She is as believable as she is flawed. I would enjoy having her as my neighbor.Rating: 4/5 starsPublication Date: February 6, 2020Thank you to Avon Books and NetGalley for a digital ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Tea Leaves and Reads
    January 1, 1970
    A thriller title but a contemporary cover? What is this trickery! There are certain titles these days that give books a feeling of Psychological Thriller and probably would make me gloss over it because there are so many of those around at the moment (too many books too little time!) But this is different - great catchy title, beautiful vibrant colour...this is a refreshing debut novel from Nicola Gill. It's not romance as such - it's not a beach read - it's something else. It's one of those A thriller title but a contemporary cover? What is this trickery! There are certain titles these days that give books a feeling of Psychological Thriller and probably would make me gloss over it because there are so many of those around at the moment (too many books too little time!) But this is different - great catchy title, beautiful vibrant colour...this is a refreshing debut novel from Nicola Gill. It's not romance as such - it's not a beach read - it's something else. It's one of those in-between books where very serious subject matters are explored carefully but at the same time it's not dry or dull. In fact, at times, it's pretty hilarious!The only element that dropped it from five stars to four was the chapter structuring. There are chapters in the book which are clearly marked out - but there are also other times when it just segues into the next line but it's a completely different time or something else has happened and it's not naturally marked out as a chapter change. Reading it digitally meant that this was often tricky to follow.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher and author for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Check out my blog for more book related posts and to enquire about future reviews, blog tours and cover reveals.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Ginny is about to turn 35 and finds herself jobless, roommateless, boyfriendless, and desperately wanting a baby. Cassie, Ginny's neighbor, is an almost washed up actress with lots of issues of her own. Somehow, these two women form a deep friendship.I really wanted to like this book a lot more than I actually did. This particular genre is one I turn to for fun, light-hearted reading as a break from some of the heavier books I read. Unfortunately, this particular book just dragged. I didn't mind Ginny is about to turn 35 and finds herself jobless, roommateless, boyfriendless, and desperately wanting a baby. Cassie, Ginny's neighbor, is an almost washed up actress with lots of issues of her own. Somehow, these two women form a deep friendship.I really wanted to like this book a lot more than I actually did. This particular genre is one I turn to for fun, light-hearted reading as a break from some of the heavier books I read. Unfortunately, this particular book just dragged. I didn't mind the heavier topics -- infidelity, depression, etc. -- but I did mind that they seemed to come out of absolutely nowhere. I also didn't like how weak Ginny was -- she lets men treat her however they want, when she finally meets a nice man, she acts like she's 14 instead of 35. The ending was fine, but by the time we finally got to that point, I didn't really care about Ginny or Cassie anymore, unfortunately.Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. It has not influenced my opinion.
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  • Jessica C
    January 1, 1970
    Nicola Gills The Neighbours is a fantastic entertaining new novel. Ginny Taylor, age 34, comes home from work suddenly to find her long term boyfriend cheating on her with her current boss. Suddenly, Ginnys life spirals into unknown territory. Shes sharing a room with someone shes never met, shes out of a PR job (after throwing plants at her cheating boss) and befriends the ex-famous neighbour, Cassie, downstairs in her flat. The Neighbours does an excellent job of following both Ginnys story of Nicola Gill’s The Neighbours is a fantastic entertaining new novel. Ginny Taylor, age 34, comes home from work suddenly to find her long term boyfriend cheating on her with her current boss. Suddenly, Ginny’s life spirals into unknown territory. She’s sharing a room with someone she’s never met, she’s out of a PR job (after throwing plants at her cheating boss) and befriends the ex-famous neighbour, Cassie, downstairs in her flat. The Neighbours does an excellent job of following both Ginny’s story of job hunting, boyfriend finding and soul searching. Along the same time, readers get to know Cassie. A much older woman struggling to overcome a shattered working reputation, many ex-husbands and complicated sister. Ginny and Cassie’s stories are engaging, delightful, sometimes sad and ultimately make for a wonderful read. I cannot wait to discuss The Neighbours with friends in 2020 and keep Ginny and Cassie’s friendship alive!A sincere thank you to Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Edna
    January 1, 1970
    Meet Ginny, 34, and Cassie, 55. Neighbours, and (very) unlikely friends.Some women have it all. Others are thirty-four and rent a tiny flat alone because they recently found their long-term boyfriend in bed with their boss. Ginny Taylor is certain her life cant get any worse. But then she meets her downstairs neighbour Cassie Frost was once a beloved actress, but after a recent mishap, she desperately needs a new publicist. And Ginny is a publicist who desperately needs a job but can she be Meet Ginny, 34, and Cassie, 55. Neighbours, and (very) unlikely friends.Some women have it all. Others are thirty-four and rent a tiny flat alone because they recently found their long-term boyfriend in bed with their boss. Ginny Taylor is certain her life can’t get any worse. But then she meets her downstairs neighbour… Cassie Frost was once a beloved actress, but after a recent mishap, she desperately needs a new publicist. And Ginny is a publicist who desperately needs a job – but can she be persuaded to work for the prickly woman who lives below her floorboards? Ginny and Cassie are two very different women, but they have more in common than they’d care to imagine (or admit). And when their worlds collide, they realise that bad neighbours could become good friends…Such a great read. Ginny and Cassie are so different, but damn it they are not also the same. Friendship has no age limits and one cannot just love them both.
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  • Antonella
    January 1, 1970
    This book was not what I thought it would be. In a good but in a bad way too. Overall, a solid read. This is a chick-lit novel a la Sophie Kinsella. We have two neighbors, Ginny and Cassie. These two form friendship trough some troubles and tribulations They are opposite in almost everything. And yet the connection is real and heartwarming. Even though Ginny is closer to me in age I feel more for Cassie. I liked her as a character better. The pace of the plotline could be better...It felt This book was not what I thought it would be. In a good but in a bad way too. Overall, a solid read. This is a chick-lit novel a la Sophie Kinsella. We have two neighbors, Ginny and Cassie. These two form friendship trough some troubles and tribulations They are opposite in almost everything. And yet the connection is real and heartwarming. Even though Ginny is closer to me in age I feel more for Cassie. I liked her as a character better. The pace of the plotline could be better...It felt dragging in some chapters. This is not quite a lighthearted book as I thought. There are some emotional issues that are dealt with. I wish I was more interested in the story or the characters. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion.
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  • Vikkie
    January 1, 1970
    This book does a superb job of following the lives of both Ginny and Cassie. I was initially attracted by the cover of this book but the plot hasn't disappointed.This is my first read by Nicola Gill, already I cannot wait for more. I have been completely unable to put this book down. I found myself completely engrossed and desperate to know what was coming next.I have enjoyed the plot, true women's fiction but heavier than chick lit. It has been enjoyable and the characters are likeable. The This book does a superb job of following the lives of both Ginny and Cassie. I was initially attracted by the cover of this book but the plot hasn't disappointed.
This is my first read by Nicola Gill, already I cannot wait for more. I have been completely unable to put this book down. I found myself completely engrossed and desperate to know what was coming next.
I have enjoyed the plot, true women's fiction but heavier than chick lit. It has been enjoyable and the characters are likeable. The contrast between the pair has made a very interesting read.
The friendship in this story is strong, I have felt as though I've been sat down with a cuppa catching up with old friends while reading this book.
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
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  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Avon Books for the ARC! Ginny and Cassie are two very different women, but at the same time they also have much in common. It was interesting to read a story about two women helping each other, learning with each other, making new beginnings and developing a very unlikely friendship. This is Nicola Gill's first book and I think she did a good job. I'm hoping to read more from her in the future. Can't say this is my favorite book ever, but it definitely made me smile a few times.
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  • Catherine
    January 1, 1970
    A lovely easy read. Great characters. A book on friendships and relationships. You'll read in one sitting.
  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    DNFd at 27%. Writing is all over the place and plot going nowhere. Tons of names and details that were unnecessary and made things confusing. Disappointed since it had so much potential! DNF’d at 27%. Writing is all over the place and plot going nowhere. Tons of names and details that were unnecessary and made things confusing. Disappointed since it had so much potential!
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