West End Girls – Jenny Colgan

What to expect:

The streets of London are the perfect place to discover your dreams . . .

They may be twin sisters, but Lizzie and Penny Berry are complete opposites – Penny is blonde, thin and outrageous; Lizzie is quiet, thoughtful and, well, definitely not thin. But they both share a desperate desire to DO something with their lives.

When, out of the blue, they learn they have a grandmother living in Chelsea, who asks them to flat-sit her King’s Road pad while she is in hospital, the girls’ ambitions finally seem to be falling into place. But, as they soon discover, it’s not easy to become an It Girl, and west end boys aren’t at all like Hugh Grant . . .

The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– While the tale is about both twins, the main focus is on Lizzie, who likes to go with the flow, stay in the background and not be noticed. Even her mother wants her to get out there and have a life. Lizzie is a little reticent, thankfully being thrust into a new life brings out some of her attitude and self respect. Penny takes to it like a duck to water with her usual enthusiasm but when a few spanners get thrown into the works she falters. Both girls are well rounded characters who are easy to love despite their faults.

Kooks for your Kindle?– I loved all the additional characters, from their mother with her secret ambitions for herself and her daughters, to Lizzie’s new boss, the plump Portuguese gastronome Georges. Georges’ horror at Lizzie’s convenient eating habits and his understanding of her family dramas was quite endearing. We also have their new neighbours, a pair of posh girls named Minty and Brooke who don’t realise that Penny and Lizzie aren’t quite in their social class. Penny’s boss at an art gallery is a man called Sloan whose greatest talent is boozy lunching. The girls’ astute grandmother is in a nearby home with intermittent fuzzy days, the way she immediately understood her long estranged granddaughter Lizzie was very sweet.

Evaluation of your eBook?– The standouts for me here were the characters, lovable and original; and the way the writing seemed to effortlessly flow. The twins go from Essex girls in their Mum’s council house, to Chelsea imports exploring a new world and learning life lessons. It’s a fun modern read with some surprises and some not-so surprises in the romance department. Watch out for special offers on price.

Frothy Ranking: 4/5 cocktails.

Can be obtained from:

UK: Amazon for £3.66, although it was recently on special for 99p, click the price for the latest.

US: Not on Amazon, but $8.79 on kobobooks.