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This was perhaps more chick-litty than I was expecting, but it was enjoyable all the same, reminding me of the writing of Marian Keyes; it is the sort of book that you could happily take to the beach or read on the train to work. The early stages feature a story of wartime Wales interwoven with a modern day will-they-won’t-they (and largely they won’t) intrigue between colleagues in a law firm. I liked the descriptions of central character Ellie’s temping assignments which reminded me of my own days as an office temp. She recalls one assignment when she wore a red beret to work every day and nobody batted an eyelid because she was wearing it the first day. How true, how true.By the mid section there is plenty happening to hook the reader, and the writing is competent and lively. My only gripe would be that it gives up its secrets way too early, seemingly to clear the decks for a presentation by the Welsh Tourist Board and a party political broadcast on behalf of Plaid Cymru. It certainly wouldn’t put me off seeking out more by this author, though.

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