Review From User :
I want to be a Kettle sister. Ha! But I'd do anything for some extra excitement. Nuff said. This is the author's debut. I don't see that she has anything to improve on if I was to be honest! I just love her original stories, she's got a flair for it.
This one in particular shows me we are of the same era. I love when the books I read contain little tid bits of pop culture references that I can relate to and really bond with. Teletubies and Bananarama's song 'Venus' being a couple of them. The Kettle triplets jumping around to this song with abandoned pleasure made me smile. I smiled all the way through with this Aussie story. All the characters were quirky and real, the story line funny, and every step of the way was completely engaging.
"He's experiencing empathy for the first time in his life" said Cat with a noticeable lack of empathy. 'About time.' 'He's just surprised, poor Dad', said Gemma, who had always suffered from excessive empathy. Lyn had seen her walking down a street of parked cars, winding each time she saw a parking ticket on a windscreen." (This is pretty close to me actually, I empathise with Gemma, I really really do!)
Here's another bit of gold "Someone did a ladylike fart during Beginners Yoga for Mums-to-Be". It doesn't get better than that. Down to earth and a touch self-deprecating, AKA real!
I love a good contemporary read, it's not all about rocket science, and for me it's all about enjoyable bantering fiction. I met Liane Moriarty this year and am not at all surprised that I love every book she's written. The little stories she told at the event I attended I can relate back to all her work and enjoy knowing that little bit more.
Highly recommended reading if you're like me and enjoy being able to laugh at yourself, it's full of all the non-serious funny stuff you could ever imagine. It's a treat!
When Lily Jacobs was born, she inherited Fazire – a genie. Her family had three wishes and they’d only ever used one so Fazire was stuck in the human world. This worked since he’d become a member of the family anyway.
Even with a genie, Lily’s young life wasn’t perfect. To escape the kids making her miserable at school, Lily buried herself in romance novels. One day, when the teasing was just too much, she used one of her wishes. She told Fazire she wanted to find a man like in her books and she made the most complicated wish Fazire had ever heard. Her wished-for man had to be impossibly handsome, virile, fierce, rugged and ruthless (amongst a dozen other things).
He also had to think she was beautiful and he had to love her more than anything in the world.
Nathaniel McAllister wasn’t born to a life where there were such things as genies granting wishes. His life was filled with drugs, crime and neglect. He was running errands for a gangster before he was in his teens and, even though life and hard work led him to wealth and respectability, he always knew, deep down, he was dirty. When Nate met Lily he knew he was no good for her but as virile, fierce, rugged and ruthless as he was, Nate was no match for the pull of sweet, innocent Lily.
Unfortunately, Lily’s wish included that she and her hero go through trials and tribulations to test their love. And Fazire wasn’t only a good genie, he loved Lily – so he gave her exactly what she wanted.