Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Your Move by Silvia Forrester
Release Date: 2nd August 2017
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Genres: Romantic Comedy

Two women. Two dreams. One big lesson in love.

With a passion for people and property, nothing gives newbie estate agent Gemma Cole more pleasure than matching buyers with their ideal homes. After a nomadic childhood with her ditzy mum, Gemma longs for nothing more than a place she can call her own. But with one modest income and meagre savings, will she ever be able to make her own home-owning dream come true?

When Marcus, the new photographer, arrives at the estate agency, he’s the epitome of laidback, festival chic. Sexy, laidback, festival chic. But Gemma dismisses him as another commitment-phobic, eternal student, just like her ex. However, looks can be deceptive. Marcus is reeling from a shocking family tragedy, one that’s left him as sole carer for an eight-year-old boy, as well as his scruffy dog. Will Gemma revise her opinion of Marcus, and will he trust her enough to reveal his family’s painful past?

Pandora works at Perfect 10, a premier beauty and cosmetic clinic. Always effortlessly glamorous – with model-looks, bucket loads of confidence and bulging designer wardrobes – she appears to have it all. But Pan also has a spiralling spending addiction, a string of failed relationships, and still lives at home with her mum. Aged thirty-three.

When her numerous credit cards are refused, Pan takes drastic action, and joins dating website Will a super-wealthy guy be the answer to all Pan’s woes? And can she find one who’s sane, honest and not old enough to be her grandfather?

Your Move is a lively romantic comedy, charting the blossoming friendship between modern heroines Gemma and Pandora, as well as the amorous entanglements that crisscross both their lives.

Your Move by Silvia Forrester is the first book I've read by the author and I'm totally hooked by her writing style. The book follows two young women..............Gemma and Pan. Both women don't initially know one another and both lead very different lives. Gemma is happy being little miss average while Pan strives for nothing less than total perfection looks wise. Gemma is quite happy blending into the background and Pan adores the attention her supermodel looks get her. The two are complete polar opposites so its a surprise when their paths cross and lives change.

Gemma is thrilled with her job in a new estate agents. She adores finding people their dream homes. She can just about tolerate her completely bonkers boss Dorothy with her eccentric ways and completely insane dress sense. Working for Hot Properties with a rival estate agency next door is actually Gemma's idea of a dream job even though she doesn't have enough money to get on the property ladder herself. New photographer Marcus with his less than conventional looks soon leaves Gemma wondering if there could be more to their relationship than a working one. But, his life is complicated and he has suffered real loss. Throw into the mix a wonderful and very wealthy elderly gentleman who wants Gemma to sell his very grand house and a mysterious buyer who Gemma senses isn't all he says he is and her life becomes a whole lot more complicated.

Pan or Pansy as is her real name works in a beauty spa / cosmetic clinic called Perfect 10. Her stunning good looks make her a poster girl for the establishment. Pan loves nothing more than to shop. Unfortunately, her credit card bills and what she can actually afford to spend are at odds. ( I know how she feels!). Things soon come to a head when Pan is being hounded by debt collectors and she soon realises she needs to gain back some control. If only she could find a nice millionaire. So, she joins an exclusive dating agency but that doesn't all go according to plan. 

When Gemma's boss decides to rebrand the business she also decides that Gemma needs a bit of rebranding herself and buys her a voucher for Perfect 10. She and Pan instantly hit it off and Pan helps her create a new look. Little do they know just how many ways their lives would parallel one another.

Silvia Forrester has managed to create two main characters that develop and change throughout the course of the book. Their very different personalities and their outlooks on life are forced to change because of their circumstances and each must confront the things they don't like about themselves. I loved them both and yes at times they could be frustrating but that's what real life is like. A variety of themes are explored throughout the course of the book. The humouor in the book provides a good balance to the more serious issues.

The secondary characters, and I hate calling them that because they add so much to this book are absolutely brilliant. They are funny, sad and sometimes not very nice. There really is such an interesting and eclectic mix of characters. Your Move is definitely right up there on my highly recommended books list. I simply couldn't put it down. 

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Silvia was brought up in a seaside town on the south coast of England by her mother and grandmother; she now lives in Kent. Silvia has two daughters, two stepdaughters and three granddaughters. With an abundance of women and girls in her life, it’s not surprising that female relationships, love, family and friendship are frequently the focus of Silvia’s writing.


One Response so far.

  1. So glad you enjoyed the book - thanks so much for reading and reviewing, Silvia X

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