“Elsie Maynard has a whole new life she never expected to have. From inadvertently founding a choir like no other with former 80s rock star Woody Jensen, to daring to date again, Elsie steps out into an unknown future – a future that could include gorgeous designer Olly Hogarth, a man who seems intent on winning her heart. Overcoming problems, challenges and the occasional frustration – namely overconfident Torin Stewart who seems to be everywhere – Elsie believes she is making the most of her life. But then a heartfelt request brings her to Paris – and the last item on a very important List. Can Elsie take the final step and lay her past to rest? Join Elsie as she battles to start again, with the help of a disastrous, newly-formed singing group and her father and sister armed with dating hopefuls.”
Published by Harper Collins, 6th November 2012
RRP £6.99 paperback original
Reviewer: Lisa, Brampton, Cumbria
The book is set in Brighton with a family at the centre of the story, branching out to include various others who join a choir that Elsie, the main character, sets up as a challenge to herself. There are a couple of nice little twists in the tale towards the end. The latter part of the book focuses on a trip to Paris with the choir as part of a request in a choir member’s will. It is interesting to see how the trip pans out with a number of obstacles that are thrown up that the characters have to deal with.
I was hooked from the start by the book and as a result read it extremely quickly as I needed to find out what was going to happen next to the main character, Elsie and her family and friends. The ice-cream parlour in the book is described in detail and I felt that I had almost visited the place, even deciding on which flavour ice-cream I would have to eat.
I would recommend this book to other people; it was easy to read and had a real feel-good theme to it! I will definitely be searching out other books by this author.