ABOUT THE BOOK
From party nights at the pub to sunny days at the beach …
Craft shop owner Mandy Vanes has always enjoyed a commitment-free singleton lifestyle — in fact, she’s well-known for her wild ways in her small seaside town on the coast.
But when local teenager, Nick Crossten, turns to her for help, Mandy has the opportunity to prove she can be a responsible adult. Although things get tricky when gin distillery owner Graham Frankley comes to town with some unexpected news.
Could this mean that Mandy the party girl is finally ready to grow up?
PUBLISHED BY CHOC LIT
Mandy is living the dream – or is she?! Single, partying and running her own craft business is what she always dreamed of! But the mornings after are beginning to take their toll and in this story her life is about to change dramatically and I loved every minute of her journey of discovering what is really important to her and how life can turn upside down overnight!
She has always had a soft spot for Nick, a young local artist who has sold his artwork in her shop, but when he is left alone by his mum who disappears one night, the person he turns to is Mandy who immediately steps into the foster mum role wonderfully. She just wants the best for this young man, and he seems so pleased to have someone finally taking care of him! Add into the mix a stranger who shows up claiming to be his Dad and the story follows them all adapting to these new roles and a new life that could be starting for them.
Seeing Mandy have this change of outlook on life was really fascinating, especially with her past coming back to play a part in her life. It really lets you see her in a different light from her party girl image and gives you a good insight why she did go off the rails over recent years.
I also found it interesting to see things from the viewpoint of Graham, who is faced with becoming a father to a teenager he knew nothing about. Mixed in with new problems with his business, it was fascinating to see him approach life with a new outlook – nothing seems to phase him!
I think this story showed just how quickly your life can change and how you react impacts on those around you. The characters of Mandy and Graham were a delight especially in their mature outlook on the situation – good to have some decent role models around and not ones who want to shirk responsibility!
A really enjoyable read!! Highly recommended!