Review: Dating Down
Suddenly single and unexpectedly poor, it’s definitely safe to say that Alexis Harland is not living the life of her dreams.
Although she’s determined that nothing, not one little thing, will stop her return from poverty. Well, almost nothing. Her pride might get in the way a little. And possibly her family. And maybe the fact that she hasn’t got a clue where to start.
Many years ago, Alexis was swept away from life on a caravan park and introduced to a world of riches and glamour. All thanks to a wealthy man who married her, reinvented her… and then dumped her for a younger model at the first sign of cellulite.
Now Alexis is stranded, struggling to keep her head above water and her history a secret from her highbrow friends.
As if that isn’t enough for a woman to deal with, one night she comes home to find a sexy man has landed, quite literally, on her doorstep. A man hell-bent on testing everything Alexis thinks she knows about true happiness.
Caught between the life she knows and her blossoming love, can Alexis afford to let go of her unwavering pride, kiss her social status goodbye and accept that stepping back to square one is sometimes a huge leap forward?
Publication Date 30th August
This book definitely took me by surprise. I loved the blurb but was worried by the cover reveal. But in the end? Loved it. I've been on a 3-star run for a while but this one blasted to a 4* review with no hesitation (I only give 5* reviews if you change the world of literature forever - you've got to compete with Moby Dick and Virginia Woolf to earn that lofty rating.)
The book is masterfully crafted. It's funny - sure - but that's not what made it a standout. The character study is beyond wonderful. We are introduced to the MC so deftly that she's cemented into our hearts before the author reveals a flaw so stellar that most of us wouldn't touch the book. So, when Alexis is revealed as an egocentric snob who can toss people to the curb but won't part with ugly art, my heart melted for her rather than hardened against her. I wanted her to change. I was totally invested in every exceptional plot development that led to her humbling.
But Alexis isn't the only well-written character. Candy disgusted me at her introduction and then I cheered her at the end. Bob is lovely from the start yet never turns into the cardboard cut-out version of masculinity that women's fiction offers all too often.
I'm not saying that every moment worked perfectly, but this was well-crafted indie women's fiction. Lighthearted without ever being silly, the story reminded me that whether you're an uptown snob or a beach bum, the characters who surround us are the real treasure in life.
(As an aside, Alexis, honey, I have your theme song. It's gonna be a good, good life...at least that's what your therapist says.)
Author Bio –
Diane Louise is a dairy farmer’s wife from the UK who doesn’t know a Holstein from a Hereford.
But what she does know is how to write a funny story. Three years ago she tried to write steamy romance and sucked at it. Honestly, her stiff upper lip made her heroes more wet blankets than wet dreams. With a steely determination to avoid milking the cows, she turned her hand to Romantic Comedy and a star was born. Well, in her mind at least.
Fancy getting to know the woman behind the words? She hangs around Facebook daily, desperately avoiding housework, and loves nothing more than chatting to fellow lovers of Romantic Comedy over at Di’s Romantic Comedy Club. Or, if you don’t do Facebook, that’s cool, because she also sends a monthly email to her readers, making sure they never miss a new release and sharing behind the scene info about her books.
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