Published by Hachette UK on December 1, 2016
Genres: Chick-lit, Fiction, Novella, Romance
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'Brims with laughs, love, family and friendship. You will love this heartwarming read!' Trisha Ashley. Meet the Reading Group: six women in the seaside village of Little Sanderton come together every month to share their love of reading. No topic is off-limits: books, family, love and loss . . . and don't forget the glass of red!
Anne-Marie has always considered herself a bit of a matchmaker - never mind that she's only got one real success under her belt. And this year she's determined to up her game: Little Sanderton's singles could certainly benefit from her expertise!
But while Anne Marie thinks she knows what's best for everyone else, her own life couldn't be less of a fairytale romance. Between looking after her cranky father and running her own business, she doesn't have time for a relationship. Her friends in the Reading Group know better though: after all, love can be found in the most unexpected of places . . .
This January the Reading Group is tackling Jane Austen's Emma . . . but who's got time for fiction when romance is in the air?
The Reading Group: January is a light-hearted read with a playful retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma, which just so happens to be this months Reading Group book of choice. Della Parker takes some of the key elements of Emma and using them to create this story.
I didn’t read the first book, but I don’t think that matters, as each book focuses on one member of the Reading Group at a time and the story didn’t interlink with other stories.
This is a quick read, easily something that you could read on a train ride, so if you’re a reader that likes to read with no distractions or breaks then this is perfect.
This is a lively read and Anne-Marie’s attempts at match-making are quite hilarious to witness. I also liked the fact that Anne-Marie was oblivious to the plot of Emma and the similarities between her life and the character.
The Reading Group: January was an amusing read, and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.