Monday, 26 September 2011

Review: Monday to Friday Man by Alice Peterson

Release Date: July 21st 2011
Publisher: Quercus
Genre: Chick-Lit
Series: stand-alone
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★

"He proposed. She accepted. He changed his mind. She was heartbroken. 

What do you do if you’re 34 and recovering from being jilted two weeks before your wedding day? 

While friends are marrying, having children and moving to the depths of the countryside, Gilly Brown finds herself alone in London with just her little dog Ruskin for company. It’s time to move on, so, on a friend’s advice she looks for a lodger, a Monday to Friday one, and finds handsome television producer Jack Baker. Gilly falls for Jack’s charm and is transported into an exciting social whirlwind of parties, dining out and glamour.
When Jack is introduced to Gilly’s family and friends, it’s only the attractive and eccentric Guy, the newest recruit in the dog walking group, who isn’t quite so convinced about Jack’s intentions. As Guy watches them grow closer, his suspicions of Jack and his feelings for Gilly deepen. Is Jack so perfect after all… and what exactly does he get up to at the weekends?"
Source, Goodreads

Monday to Friday Man was a gift from my husband for my birthday this year. It was something that he chose all by himself, and the boy did good. He knows what I like, but at the same time he managed to find something rather original with enough familiarity for me to know the characters within a few pages. 
As the synopsis suggests Monday to Friday man is about Gilly Brown, who after a break-up decides to open up her home to a Monday to Friday lodger. Upon this journey Gilly faces some fun, learns new things about her life, and also experiences a little bit of love, or should we say lust. I loved this book. It has the perfect amount of love interest, life lessons, and general chick-lit fun, but also has that extra depth that sets it apart from other books in the market. In Monday to Friday man you don't only get the story in the present but you read flash backs from Gilly's life growing up where you learn about her dysfunctional family, touching upon the subject of disability which you don't often find in chick-lits. Monday to Friday Man is written in first person and the pacing is pretty good. I did feel like it was slightly slow in the middle, but it picked up for a rather satisfying ending. Overall I really did enjoy this book and I would recommend it to anyone. 
(One thing I did learn from this book is how a gym membership is only worth while if you attend more that 3 times a week. I've never really given it a thought before, but it has really stuck with me. This isn't an important part of the book or even something I expect Alice Peterson intended for her readers to remember, but I guess I remember the unimportant.)
Happy Reading,

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