#Toots by Linh Le James
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#Contemporary, #Romance, #Comedy
A British non-romantic comedy built on white lies, pink elephants and grey areas. LONDON: Four sisters swipe left on everything they hate in their life, one cocktail at a time. Louise dreams of an exotic lifestyle, miles away from Hackney. Nick comes along. Famous, fit, funny and filthy rich. Louise will stop at nothing to seduce him. Louise will fake it till she makes it. All the way to the ka-ching bling ring. But the little white lies soon snowball into a mountain Louise’s Louboutins can’t climb. Jess juggles work, two babies, a cheating husband and nannies from hell. Carla goes on a bender, and wakes up next to her young assistant. Freddie. Emily is getting over her cheating ex by throwing herself into the dating scene. When work, dating and proposals…all go wrong, the four sisters’ friendship is their only lifeline. #TOOTS… HILARIOUS. ROMANTIC. SEXY.
4 out of 5 (very good)
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Toots is a story about 4 sisters, their friends, their love lives and children and the issues that arise from all of them and how they help each other through it.
Firstly, WOW! what an opener! One of the 4 sisters, Carla, discovers she is pregnant. This is not mentioned again until right at the end and so I won`t spoil that! What a fabulous way to keep the reader interested.
Throughout the book each chapter is named after a cocktail and the recipe is included, massive bonus! The book is unashamedly girly and that is the whole premise, the cocktails are a lovely touch which marries the chapters together well. Within each chapter are smaller chapters relating to whichever sister it is regarding, this is written in a first person narrative and I found this very effective. Due to the amount of characters and the complexity of their relationships this made for easier reading.
I could definitely relate to this story as I have 3 sisters and we are all so different as are Jess, Carla, Emily and Louisa. i really liked 3 of the characters but I found it difficult to warm to Louisa as she was the most materialistic and disingenuous. The more I read her narrative the more I disliked her. Possibly because she is so far removed from the people I naturally gravitate to.
There were a few sex scenes in the book, they were not explicit at all , and sometimes more suggestive than anything but enough to keep things a bit spicy.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed the book, it kept me engaged , was funny in parts and the ending has left the story wide open for it`s follow up, I can`t wait to read it!
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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
Linh is Vietnamese. She was born and grew up in France. After college, she moved to Southern California and lived there for a few years before settling in the UK for 15 years, first in Wales, then in Surrey. In 2018, she packed all of her shoes, her kids, hubby, and the Dog and moved to the UAE. Storytelling is her passion since childhood. Things about her she doesn't want you to know: She forgets to pack the girls' snack and then has to run to school to deliver it. She has two alarms set on her phone for the school pick-up. She pretends to have meditation sessions in order to have a nap. Her kids eat more greens than she does 80% of her daily water intake is made up by coffee, the rest by wine.
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