I’m wrapping up the blog tour today for Evie’s Little Black Book by my fellow RNA member, Hannah Pearl. My thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for my place on the tour and to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and impartially. There is a fabulous giveaway a the bottom of the post so make sure you scroll down to enter once you’ve read the review.
“Is hunting down every man you’ve kissed the answer to finding Mr Right?
When Evie is invited to the wedding of the guy she’d fancied throughout her teens, it’s the final straw. What’s wrong with her and why can’t she keep a man?
In between consoling herself with ice cream and chocolate, and sobbing her heart out to her cousin Chamaine, Evie has a brainwave – and it all centres around her ‘little black book’ (well, more floral patterned notebook really) – which contains the details of every man she’s ever kissed or dated. Perhaps the cure for her disastrous love life has been nestled within its pages all along …
Does Evie’s little black book really hold the answers, or will she learn that exes are exes for a reason?”
We all have that one, don’t we? That one past ‘love’ that we always wonder about. The one that might have been The One if only things had been different – timing, circumstance – we’ll always wonder that little bit, ‘what if?’ That is until we find the actual One when we realise the other one was never The One at all.
So that probably doesn’t make any sense but I know what I’m trying to say and, for this reason, the basic premise of this book was something I could relate to. The central character, Evie, receives an invitation to the wedding of the boy she thought once might have been The One, except the circumstances meant she never got to find out. She’s not in a great position romantically, so the invitation sets her on a road of introspection that leads her to looking up all her past boyfriends – as listed in the Little Black Book of the title – to try and see where she has been going wrong in her relationships.
This book took me on my own journey of introspection. I remember very clearly the first time I kissed my ‘the one who turned out not to be The One after all’, whom I was mad about at the time. I rushed home and wrote about it ecstatically in my diary which, at the time, was a notebook I had covered and stuck a picture of Tom Cruise as Maverick in Top Gun on the front of (some historical context for you there) and hidden under my mattress. This book took me on a pleasant trip down memory lane to revisit my teenage self, who was not that different from Evie in this book.
This book is a really light, pleasant read with a fun premise at the centre that might lead you on some interesting reminiscences of your own. Can you imagine looking up and revisiting all of your old boyfriends? That would fill a lot of people with horror, but I think there is a fascinating idea that we can learn something from our past relationships to stop us making the same mistakes again at the centre of this book.
The characters in the book are really likeable and easy to relate to, they are presented very humanly and realistically. I’m not sure how easy it would actually be to track down people after such a huge period of time but, although it seems quite straight forward in the book, the way it is written makes it seem totally credible. Hannah’s writing style is very warm and friendly and easy to read and I romped through the book very easily, looking forward to the end.
There turns out to be an issue addressed in the book that is currently a very popular topic in women’s fiction. I don’t want to say more because it will spoil the plot but it is handled very lightly here, in a good way. All in all, this is a really confident and enjoyable debut and i would highly recommend it to fans of the genre.
Evie’s Little Black Book is out now and you can get your copy here.
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About the Author
Hannah Pearl was born in East London. She is married with two children and now lives in Cambridge.
She has previously worked as a Criminology researcher at a university in Leicester, as a Development Worker with various charities and even pulled a few pints in her time.
In 2015 she was struck down by Labrynthitis, which left her feeling dizzy and virtually housebound. She has since been diagnosed with ME. Reading has allowed Hannah to escape from the reality of feeling ill. She read upwards of three hundred books during the first year of her illness. When her burgeoning ereader addiction grew to be too expensive, she decided to have a go at writing. In 2017 she won Simon and Schuster’s Books and the City #heatseeker short story competition, in partnership with Heat magazine, for her short story The Last Good Day.
Hannah is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.
Connect with Hannah:
Facebook: Hannah Pearl Writer
Goodreads: Hannah Pearl