Not In A Million Years is my second book of Sophie Ranald’s. Thank you, Next is the one I had read before.
Chronically single Kate is winning at life. She’s finally saved enough to live alone in her dream home, she has a great group of friends, and she has – at last – perfected the ultimate chocolate cake. So what if her love life is dead on arrival? Forget sex, she can make a sponge that would blow your socks off.
Aside from her romantic dry spell (is it still a ‘spell’ if it’s been years…?!), everything is going according to plan. But when she finds out one of her oldest friends Andy is travelling abroad and needs her help, she knows she’ll have to drop everything and fly out to him.
Only problem is, Daniel, the mutual friend she blames for Andy’s wild lifestyle, is coming with her. It’s the first holiday abroad she’s been able to afford in years, and she has to spend it with him?!
But when Daniel and Kate arrive, they soon find themselves having the unexpected romantic holiday of a lifetime. Swimming in crystal clear waters, sharing delicious meals and exploring beautiful local villages… It would all be perfect, if only they weren’t with each other.
And as the days pass, and more than one waiter mistakes her and Daniel for a honeymooning couple, Kate has to remind herself that there’s a reason she stayed single all these years. But as she sips her dry Martini and watches Daniel’s toned body dive into the pool, she wonders if it’s possible to have the perfect holiday with a man you hate… Or if maybe Daniel isn’t so bad after all?
My Review of Not In A Million Years
I’m going to start this review on a slightly negative note – a peeve. I only peeve have with the book is the blurb that says that this is a laugh-out-loud book. It is not. Yes, there’s romance and a few humourous situations but over all the subjects it deals with are serious and the story gets quite intense at times.
Did I enjoy it? Yes, I did! Once I started reading it, I got very invested in the story and the characters and read straight through to the end.
Kate and Daniel, head to Turkey, to find their friend, Adam, who has been MIA for sometime. While both are used to Adam going off the radar, they’re worried that he might have fallen off the wagon and started using again. They’re afraid he would be in danger in a foreign country.
While Kate and Daniel met through Adam and used to be friends, they had a fall out over how they responded differently to Adam’s drug use. Thrown together reluctantly, they try to make the best of things and focus on finding Adam.
They progress in their search and fall for each other, only to fall out again when some secrets are revealed. Will they be able to put the past behind and have a romantic relationship or will they forever be just friends as they take care of Adam.
While at the core the story is about friendship and loyalty, the book also deals with the subject of addiction and bi-sexuality. The author has done a great job of treating them with the sensitivity they deserve. The whole question of how to be a friend to an addict without enabling them comes up and this is what I found particularly interesting.
I like how the book shows Kate and Daniel’s personal growth from their younger days.
Great characters and a very engrossing story line, make this a really good read.
About the author:
Sophie Ranald is the youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe and lived in South Africa until an acute case of itchy feet brought her to London in her mid-20s. As an editor for a customer publishing agency, Sophie developed her fiction-writing skills describing holidays to places she’d never visited. In 2011, she decided to disregard all the good advice given to aspiring novelists and attempt to write full-time. After one false start, It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend (Wouldn’t It?) seemed to write itself, and six more novels have followed. Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion, finance and fitness. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and their two adorable cats.
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