Genre: Romance/Contemporary Fiction
Published: Simon & Schuster (2 Feb 2012)
Pages: 496 (Hardcover)
Source: From the Publisher
My Rating: 9.5/10
About the Book:
Samantha Brooks' boyfriend Jamie has announced he is leaving, out of the blue. He is loving, intelligent and, while he isn't perfect, he's perfect for her - in every way except one: he's a free spirit. And after six years in one place, doing a job he despises, he is compelled to do something that will tear apart his relationship with Sam: book a one-way flight to South America.
But Sam isn't giving up without a fight. With Jamie still totally in love with her, and torn about whether to stay or go, she has three months to persuade him to do the right thing. With the help of her friends Ellie and Jen, she hatches a plan to make him realise what he's giving up. A plan that involves dirty tricks, plotting and a single aim: to win him back. But by the time the tortured Jamie finally wakes up to what he's lost, a gorgeous new pretender has entered Sam's life. Which begs the question ...does she still want him back?
I know it's only January but if I read another book this year that I enjoy as much as this then I will be very happy!
I loved the writing, the story, the characters and the pace of the book - it was so much fun to read with some laugh out loud situations.
We first meet Sam, narrator and main protagonist when her car breaks down, she is the sort of girl who is normally unflappable in a crisis, but on this occasion, having just been told by Jamie that he is leaving her to live in South America, she breaks down in front of the bemused AA man.
While Sam tries to play it cool around Jamie pretending that she's doing great without him and even going out on dates trying to make him jealous, he just can't make his mind up - should he stay or should he go? Should Sam let him go and move on or should she fight tooth and nail to win him back? This is the main crux of the story, though there are plenty of other characters who weave in and out and who all have problems of their own, including her adopted sister who doesn't know whether to meet her real father, her friend, Jen, who can never keep hold of her boyfriends for long and doesn't know what she's doing wrong.
It's very easy to get involved with Jane Costello's characters, they are all so likeable and her easy writing style and short chapters make you want to keep turning the pages, hoping that it will all turn out right in the end because you want everyone to be happy.
Overall, I highly recommend this book!
According to Cosmopolitan 'If you like Sophie Kinsella, you'll love Jane Costello'.
Check out the lovely ladies over at Books and the City where they have chosen All the Single Ladies as their Book of the Month for February, which is exciting in itself but, even more exciting for me, is that they have picked my review as their Review of the Month! How fabulous is that? A huge thank you to everyone there.