Friday, 10 April 2015
The Doris Day Vintage Film Club - Fiona Harper
Claire Bixby grew up watching Doris Day films at her grandmother’s house and yearned to live in a world like the one on the screen – sunny, colourful and where happy endings with chiselled leading men were guaranteed. But recently Claire’s opportunities for a little ‘pillow talk’ have been thin on the ground. Until she meets mysterious Dominic. Nic is full of secrets but their connection is instant. Could he help Claire finding the Hollywood ending she’s been searching for?Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps…
I love reading books that lead to other books or films. Trouble is I then get sidetracked and have even more things I want to read and see.
This is the case with the latest book from Fiona Harper out on 23 April 2015. I never really knew that much about Doris Day and so this book fed me a few interesting nuggets and now I want to know more!
This is such a feel good book - a real curl up and indulge book. It's girly, delightful and quirky.
There are many references to the plot becoming like the Doris Day film Pillow Talk, well it's a long time since I saw that film, but what it did remind me of is my favourite film "You've got Mail" with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. The author then referenced the film (although not by title) towards the end of the book and I felt a little more complete! (of course that film is based on another film "The shop around the corner" with James Stewart - but that is another diversion I've been on).
That's not to say that the book is unrealistic - it's not all day dreamy and wishing she was in a Hollywood film. Claire has her own business and there is also a more serious sub plot involving her father. However, it did have some of the songs from the films going around in my head for some time LOL.
In some was this was a bit of a car crash drama, and by that I mean I couldn't bear it at times as the wires got crossed and confusion reigned. I don't do spoilers, so I will leave it there, but I rushed the end of the book because I just had to know what was going to happen. Was I disappointed? You'll have to read it to find out...........
My thanks go to Mills & Boon and Netgalley for an advance copy of The Doris Day Vintage Film Club out 23 April 2015.