Take a Look at Me Now by Miranda Dickinson

 Today is publication day for Miranda Dickinson's latest book Take a Look at Me Now. Miranda has many,many fans and she's just made a new one....me!

How far would you go to make a new start? Heart-warming and romantic, Take a Look at Me Now will make you laugh, cry and cheer Nell on from start to finish.
What a difference a day makes…
Nell Sullivan has always been known as ‘Miss Five-Year Plan’. But when she finds herself jobless and newly single on the same day, Nell decides it is time to stop planning and start taking chances.
Nell blows her redundancy cheque on a trip of lifetime to a place where anything is possible – San Francisco. There she meets a host of colourful characters, including the intriguing and gorgeous Max. Very soon the city begins to feel like Nell’s second home.
But when it’s time to return to London, will she leave the ‘new Nell’ behind? And can the magic of San Francisco continue to sparkle thousands of miles away?

Warning- do not read this book if you are dieting !

Although the warning above is in jest I did eat more while reading this book. I made french toast with cinnamon and then went on to make pancakes. It had me craving pots of coffee which I never drink but maybe I'm just very easily led.
This book begins with Nell being made redundant and the news is delivered by her ex boyfriend Aidan just when she thinks they may re unite. Rather than face the depressing dole queue with her friend Vicky she throws caution to the wind and decides to have a holiday. Nell chooses San Francisco where her cousin lives and with her redundancy cheque she books her flight.
Cousin Lizzie introduces Nell to all her friends and daily haunts, the coffee shops, wine bars and bistros.
As she shows Nell the sights of San Francisco we too are taken on that journey and if I ever visit I will be taking this book with me as I want to see all the things Nell saw.
One of the places I fell in love with was Annie's Diner, a typical American diner serving every kind of food. This is where I had to leave the book and cook french toast, Annie's Diner had seventeen varieties.
Miranda describes the smells in the diner of coffee,sugar,vanilla and pancakes. Oops! That was when I rushed off to cook pancakes.
I liked the character of Nell,she is just a normal girl in a slightly boring job who is nursing a dream of doing something completly different but she keeps it to herself. Vicky her friend is supportinve to Nell and has all the funny lines. Lizzie who Lives in San Francisco is lovely and has a great life there.
The author teases us with the ending of the book, the way things were going I thought I was going to be disappointed but I loved the way things ended.
I really enjoyed reading this book and although it starts of with a redundancy it is a real uplifting feel good story.
A story of friendship across the miles,of picking up a friendship exactly where you left off no matter if that had been days or months or years. A story about knowing what your dream is and doing what it takes to achieve it and a story of never knowing what's just around the corner.

This book is only 99p for kindle. It is also in paperback and on special offer at Tesco of £2
Thanks to the publishers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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