What do you do if you're 34, single and recovering from being jilted two weeks before your wedding day?
This is the dilemma Gilly Brown finds herself in. While friends are marrying, having children and moving into the depths of the countryside, Gilly finds herself alone in London and holding on to her fractured family with their tragic past.
It's time to meet new people. So, she decides to get a Monday to Friday lodger, and after a succession of alarming interviews finally finds the perfect one in the shape of handsome reality television producer Jack Baker.
Gilly falls for Jack's charm and is transported into an exciting social whirlwind of parties, dining out and glamour.
When Jack is introduced to Gilly's family and friends, it's only the attractive and eccentric Guy, the newest recruit to her dog-walking group, who isn't quite so convinced about Jack's intentions.
As Guy watches them grow closer, his suspicions of Jack and his feelings for Gilly deepen.
Is Jack so perfect after all...and what exactly does he get up to at the weekends?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Publication Date: 21/07/2011
- Category: Romance
- ISBN: 9780857383242
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Review by matildawrenauthor
I read this as part of a Book Club I belong to.Whilst it didn’t suit everybody’s taste within the club, what it did do was prompt interesting debate and conversation between us all and there was a unanimous agreement that it was a damn good read! ‘Monday to Friday Man’ is humorous and light-hearted. It is an ‘easy’ read which was perfect for our first attempt at a book club. Chick-lit fans should read this book.It is soundly composed, well structured and takes you through a range of emotions. Characters are well developed, some more than others and quite a few of us could definitely relate to Gilly Brown, which is a sign of a well written book. We could identify with certain characters and others we wanted to scream and shout out. They all, though, provoked a reaction of some sort. Jack Baker, the lodger of mystery and intrigue caused a stir throughout our group, some positive stirs and some negative which goes to show the depth to which Alice Peterson has dug to produce well rounded, well believable quirky characters; the estate agent who deliberately plays down the houses and local areas, influencing her to stay in London instead, was one of our favourites.The imagery within the story was marvellous, taking the reader on a journey of visual sensory adventure by placing them right in the mix. You walked the dogs with Gilly. You were in Jack’s parent’s house. You noticed the sympathy and concern written all over the estate agents face. You were there!The book cover was eye catching and made you want to pick it up off the shelf. It looked girly and romantic. It did what it said on the tin! It worked in the kindle version too which is quite hard to master the two. Too much activity on a book cover loses detail when converted to a thumbnail for the kindle. In today’s electronic age, it is important to remember how your book will look in a digital format. If readers can’t see what the book looks like, they are less likely to download it, therefore missing out on a potentially great story.
Review by autumngirl70
Fairly predictable storyline in that you knew what ultimately going to happen but harmless fun along the way. For a quick light read I'd recommend.