Book Review: Take a Look at Me Now by Miranda Dickinson

take-a-look-at-me-nowWhat’s it about?

How far would you go to make a new start? Heart-warming and romantic, Take a Look at Me Now will make you laugh, cry and cheer Nell on from start to finish.

What a difference a day makes…

Nell Sullivan has always been known as ‘Miss Five-Year Plan’. But when she finds herself jobless and newly single on the same day, Nell decides it is time to stop planning and start taking chances.

Nell blows her redundancy cheque on a trip of lifetime to a place where anything is possible – San Francisco. There she meets a host of colourful characters, including the intriguing and gorgeous Max. Very soon the city begins to feel like Nell’s second home.

But when it’s time to return to London, will she leave the ‘new Nell’ behind? And can the magic of San Francisco continue to sparkle thousands of miles away?

My thoughts

Miranda Dickinson is going to be for me one of those authors you can pick up and know you’re going to love.

This is an inspirational story about a regular girl with a job she doesn’t love and a secret ambition.  It has a real down to earth feel about it and Miranda sets the scenes so well, you can almost imagine yourself strolling along the San Francisco streets in the sun…just lovely, it’s not surprising Nell falls for the charms of the city and its inhabitants.

It’s a really easy fun read but from about half way through I just kept thinking this isn’t going to end well…how is there going to be a happy ending? But it ended just as I hoped it would.

This is such an inspirational story, and it may seem a little silly to feel so quite inspired by this book but I actually do.  I took the step of attending university 2007-2011 and as yet have been unable to secure a new position that will use my degree. I feel more motivated now to rise to that challenge. Although not autobiographical this novel has elements of Miranda in it (redundancy and being marched off the premises). So take a look at her now – she’s now a bestselling author – nothing is impossible!

If I had one criticism it would be that it’s a little too nice, everyone’s really nice, the places are nice…but hey this is chick lit…anything is possible.  I would definitely recommend this to chick lit / women’s fiction fans.

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