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Synopsis: When Evie is invited to the wedding of the guy she’d fancied throughout her teens, it’s theA final straw. What’s wrong with her and why can’t she keep a man?
In between consoling herself with ice cream and chocolate, and sobbing her heart out to her cousin Chamaine, Evie has a brainwave – and it all centres around her ‘little black book’ (well, more floral patterned notebook really) – which contains the details of every man she’s ever kissed or dated. Perhaps the cure for her disastrous love life has been nestled within its pages all along …
Does Evie’s little black book really hold the answers, or will she learn that exes are exes for a reason?

My thoughts:

A new book from the Ruby offshoot of Choc Lit books and another winner. I’m having counselling at the minute, going back over past times and looking at my behaviours with a view to moving forward in life so this tale of Evie going back over past boyfriends to see why she has made bad love choices really resonated with me. The end goal may be different but there’s a lot of similarities in the journey. 

Evie goes through her little (floral actually) book and re-visiting past boyfriends and learning a lot about herself on the way. The last ex-fiance is a story that is saved til the very end and without spoiling that plot point it’s another that resonated and gave me something to both think about and take away. 

While all this is going on Evie meets Jake, his sister and niece and forms a tight bond with them. What’s nice is the relationship with Jake evolves with no dramas, no huge relationship destroying secret; even the reveal of the ex-fiance’s behaviour isn’t enough to spoil the developing love and it gives the book a nice even feel whilst Evie is on her journey of discovery. 

Romance stories always seem to be quick reads for me and I think this one was about 4-5 hours start to finish so a lovely way to spend an afternoon now now that the weather can’t make it’s mind up what it wants to do. I found it so easy to keep turning the pages and see what happens next. The characters are all well defined and so easy to picture. 

It’s a well written debut and I can’t wait to see what the next one is 🙂