Hey and welcome to my first stop of four on Lisa Dickenson's tour for her awesome new novel Catch Me If You Cannes!!
The first part in this hilarious four-part romantic comedy, from the author of You Had Me at Merlot and The Twelve Dates of Christmas - winner of the Novelicious Debut of the Year award.
Jess has decided it's time to get out of her comfort zone and live a little. So when her best friend Bryony, a journalist on a gossip magazine, is sent to cover the Cannes Film Festival, Jess decides to seize the day and go along for the ride. Two weeks of glitz, glamour and exclusive entry into celeb-filled parties is just the kind of adventure Jess needs.
Reality soon bites though when Jess and Bryony find they're staying in a dingy hotel far away from all the action and Bryony's expenses budget barely covers a glass of local wine. Undeterred, the two women are determined to live like the elite and enjoy one fancy night out to begin their holiday. So what if they have to tell a few white lies along the way? It's just this once. No harm done . . . right?
Full of hilarious one-liners, sparkling blue seas and plenty of romantic moments, Catch Me If You Cannes is the story of two friends, a few white lies and one extremely delicious man.
WARNING: reading Catch Me If You Cannes may result in embarrassing outbursts of belly-aching laughter on public transport.
I love Lisa's writing style, it is just like being out for a coffee with mates having a good gossip and generally talking the best kind of rubbish which I hope you comes across as a compliment!
Catch Me If You Cannes or CMIYC for future reference!, is exactly what I'd expect from Lisa, it is all about two lovely ladies Jess and Bryony, and their trip to France.
Bryony works for Sleb magazine and she has been ordered to go to Cannes for the film festival and root out hot, dirty, juicy gossip! Jess makes the decision to get away from her humdrum life and go with Bryony for a bit of excitement in the sun with possibly a handsome Frenchman thrown in. Imagining beautiful hotels and eating lovely food, will the reality be to their liking?!
Taking off their rose tinted glasses they discover that they have been put up in the most basic of hotels nowhere near any of the happening events and everything costs a fortune. Still unperturbed they carry on and try and make the most of it.
Whilst Bryony is out chasing some gossip, Jess goes for a wander to sample the local shops and eateries, now she samples a crepe with Nutella, OMG it sounds so decadent, I mean there is nothing posh about Nutella but mmmm just writing about makes me want to go and steal my kids jar from my kitchen cupboard! Anyway I digress whilst enjoying her culinary wonder she is approached by man, he thinks shes French, she is impressed he thinks that but they both discover that they are English.
What does he want, he wants a crepe, I don't blame him I want that crepe too and that jammy cow Jess not only shows him where to get one she bloody well gets another one too, I was beginning to like her now I am just totally jealous of her crepe eating! She gets to know her Nutella loving stranger and she is satisfied he is not a nutter, he promises that he will see her around the festival.
Feeling pleased with herself she meets back up with Bryony and the two hit the town, attempting to a go in to a restaurant they are stop by a hostess who is not the mostess who snootily tells them that even though the place is empty they are not getting but they are in luck some acquaintances are seated through the back of the restaurant and they invite the girls to join them.
The girls love it but their new friends have amazing jobs and not wanting to put off their friends they bend the truth slightly, fabricating some little white lies in to their lives, The question is can they keep up the lies or will they get caught out?
CMIYC is an adorable read, it does not taking itself too seriously but it is a seriously good read! The setting, those crepes and Bryony and Jess make for a fantastic story with a few OMG don't say that moments when the girls start to embellish the truth!
So what happens next to the girls, well come back same time next week to find out!
Join me on the 15th for my review of part 2!
Thank you to Little Brown and Clara Diaz for providing me with a copy in exchange
for an honest review