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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

How to Get Hitched in Ten Days

About Samantha Tonge
Samantha lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat that thinks it's a dog. Along with writing, her days are spent cycling, willing cakes to rise and avoiding housework. A love of fiction developed as a child, when she was known for reading Enid Blyton books in the bath. A desire to write bubbled away in the background whilst she pursued other careers, including a fun stint working at Disneyland Paris. Formally trained as a linguist, Samantha now likes nothing more than holing herself up in the spare room, in front of the keyboard. She has sold over 80 stories to women's magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, "Doubting Abbey", from CarinaUK HarperCollins, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award in 2014. Game of Scones won the 2015 Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.
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Review by Tanya

Jasmine and Mickey are flatmates and best friends; they often curl up on Mickey’s bed and watch a film falling asleep together. This is not a problem as Jasmine is going out with Dave and Mickey is openly gay.
Dave made a mistake the previous night on Valentine' s Day asking Jasmine to marry him whilst being extremely drunk. This is a big no no in Jasmine’s book as she experienced hard situations growing up with her family. Jasmine was not very happy about the proposal and it leads her to think about taking a job in New York. However Dave really wants to be with her and even though there are many differences and an unexplained atmosphere between Dave and Mickey, Mickey says he will help Dave propose so that Jasmine is happy. The trouble is that this needs to be done within 10 days as this is when Jasmine leaves for New York.

What follows is a fun read with a few twists along the way. We meet the delightful Theo and see a change in attitude and a more outgoing nature of Dave. I have to say I loved the immediate start to the book after all who does not want to go to a vintage rock and roll 50’s cafe where you are served by waitresses on roller skates. I enjoyed the misunderstandings and protective nature of Dave and Mickey because I think, as the reader, you have a more insightful opinion of what is happening.

You are left wondering through the book who is the lucky person that Mickey has his eye on. I have to admit I did guess the true secret person that he admires from afar but this did not distract from the story.Through the book I often found myself laughing at the mishaps; the hollandaise sauce was one of my favourites. It sounded like something I would do. I recommend that you buy this book when you are in the mood for a light hearted fun read.

Review by Suze

Mickey and Jazz are sharing an apartment. They're best friends and they're used to sharing things. They often sleep in the same bed as well. Mickey is gay, so Jazz's boyfriend Dave has nothing to worry about. When Dave makes a big mistake by drunkenly proposing to Jazz it might mean the end of their relationship. Because of issues in her past Jazz is very upset because of what happened. She even accepts a job in New York thinking it's all over between them. Of course she can always cry on Mickey's shoulder. Only the same doesn't go for Dave. Things have always been difficult between them and their relationship is frosty. Now that Dave badly needs Mickey's help to win Jazz back before she leaves they need to change this as soon as possible.

How to Get Hitched in Ten Days has two narrators, Mickey and Jazz. It was fun to read the same story from two different perspectives. Mickey has been keeping a secret for quite some time. I wanted to read the story as quickly as possible to see if I had guessed it right. His friendship with Jazz is special and I loved how sweet they are together. Mickey is caring and generous, he's a dream best friend. Jazz is damaged by her past, but she's strong and she fights for her future every day. I liked that about her. Dave is a great guy, it's obvious that he loves Jazz very much. Then here's also the wonderful dancer Theo, who's kind and talented. All of the main characters are likable and interesting.

I enjoyed reading this story. It's light and it's cute. This novella is a perfect Valentine's Day read as it's romantic in several different ways. I think Samantha Tonge has a great sense of humor. She always manages to put a smile on my face. I love her stories because of their high feel-good factor. If you're looking for something to cheer you up try any of her books. I think the stories are all original and entertaining. How to Get Hitched in Ten Days is no exception, I highly recommend this heartwarming story.