Some of you will remember that way back in September I announced that I was taking part in a blog hop designed to encourage bloggers to try new genres outside of their reading comfort zone. In this post, I announced that I would be reading Wilde Like Me, the debut novel from Louise Pentland. I can now say that I have finally done that and am ready to share my review for it.
For those of you that don’t know, Wilde Like Me is a contemporary romance all about Robin Wilde. She is a single mother who often feels like she is just about muddling through her life. She daydreams about a life different to her own whenever she sees the people around her who seem to be managing so much better than she is. With the help of her best friend and her aunt, Robin decides to try and turn her life around. She begins pushing herself more in her career and even begins dating.
What follows is a funny and heartwarming series of misadventures. This isn’t a groundbreaking new book but it is a warm hug of a book, a bit of comfort at the end of a long day. Like Louise, it revels in the fact that people aren’t perfect and life isn’t full of Instagram worthy moments.
At times I just wanted to wrap Robin up in a cuddle and at others I was cackling at the situations she had managed to get herself into. This was lighthearted and just what I needed after a long day.
This book was definitely out of my comfort zone. It probably hasn’t made me decide to abandon my gothic, sci-fi or fantasy but it has made me reconsider the haste with which I ignore contemporary fiction. Sometimes you just need a hug-of-a-book rather than something grizzly and fast paced.
If you fancy seeing what the other bloggers thought of their ‘new’ genres, don’t forget to head to their blogs. I’ve linked them all below for you!
- Charlotte – Wonderfully Bookish
- Fleur – Fleur’s Makeup Box
- Ellie – Foxy Travels UK
- Amy – Amy Talks Books
- Jade – Reading With Jade