It’s been so long since I’ve actually read a book never mind posted any kind of book review. It’s kind of sad really as I do love to read I just don’t do it as much as I should. Being asked to review a book was the perfect excuse to throw myself back into the world of books and get back on the horse so to speak.
The book in question was Follow Me Home by Jen Benjamin. Totally my kind of book. It looked like a fun read and the blurb sold me on it. I love a good will they/won’t they love story and with the main character Katie being a writer it appealed to me even more.
Katie Kendall has everything going for her. She wrote a bestselling novel and now it’s being made into a film. She should be walking on air but, instead, her life seems to be spiraling out of control. Her roommate (ahem, husband) completely checks out and her life is bombarded by a completely new cast of characters including a famous Hollywood director and a heartthrob who anyone would kill to spend time with!
I loved the idea of this especially as this is something I would love to happen to me too. Write a bestseller and have a Hollywood big shot snap up the movie rights, dream come true. It sounds like it has all the makings of a modern day fairy tale doesn’t it!
Follow Me Home Book Review.
What Did I Think?
I’m going to start by saying I loved it.This was the first book by Jen I have read and she is a completely new author to me. I had no expectations at all and from the first page I knew I liked Katie already. As a character I could totally relate to her and I think this helped me to get into the story quicker.
Right from the get go we found out so much about Katie, her relationship with her husband and how much strain was put on their marriage due to her book. Not long after Katie receives some shocking news about her her marriage and this is where the story gets interesting.
Katie is a completely down to earth character and I found it really easy to connect with her as I followed her new journey as she embarks on taking her book from the page to the big screen. Jen writing style flows easily and her words were interspersed with natural humour. Intentional or not I found myself laughing out loud quite a lot along with groaning at Katie’s stubbornness too.
The book has a really quick pace to it and while you could say it is rushed, especially the beginning with her husband leaving her and filing for divorce, I don’t think it is. I think it fits well with the theme of the book. Katie’s life is thrust into the fast lane and you read about her missing days, weeks, holidays. She almost misses Christmas due to hiding out and writing her new book after filming finishes. So in this respect I think Jen has captured the frantic pace of life for Katie quite well.
The one thing that isn’t rushed however is Katie’s blossoming romance with her leading man. The one man who is perfect for not only the part of the main character in her book but could he be the leading man in her life too? Well not if her stubbornness has anything to do with it!
All in all I found Follow Me Home to be a really fun, fast paced read. If you are looking for something fun and quick, this could well be the one for you. It was definitely the book I needed after my reading hiatus. After vowing to only read in the bath (I stayed in there for over an hour) I then finished it up in bed that same night. I think it took me around 3 hours to finish in one go.
*Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of Follow me Home for purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own based upon reading the book*