Just Saying by Sophie Ranald **Book Review** @bookouture

Happy Sunday all!

This was such a fun uplifting story! You can always count on a Sophie Ranald’s book to put a big old smile on your face!

My Thoughts

Sophie Ranald always does an outstanding job of weaving humor and real life situations together. The book kicks off with Alice coming home to her boyfriend Joe’s grand gesture. Not only filling their apartment with roses and cooking dinner, but he also rented a hot tub. Of course Alice’s Brother shows up and puts a little damper on the romance plans. The next day Alice shows up to work and finds out she’s being let go. To make things even worse one of Joe’s ex-girlfriend is back in town and before Alice realizes it Zoe has moved in with Joe and her? Alice’s life has definitely been turned upside down and next thing she knows she’s working at the Local pub and really enjoying it. Dominoes, boardgames, friendship, poetry reading, vegetarian cuisine, miscommunication, misunderstanding, A secret love, and a ginger cat.

Alice was a great character who I really adored. Joe seemed like such a great guy, so I really cannot understand why he was allowing his ex to move in with them? I mean how can that go any way but wrong? All of the secondary characters in this book were so colorful and well drawn my favorites being Drew, Shirley, and Maurice. Heck even Zoe grew on me after a while. The book also addresses the #MeToo movement, and while I thought it was handled well I’m not certain that needed to be included in this book? Sophie Ranald never fails to put a smile on my face and this book was no exception to that.

This book in emojis 🐱 🍺 🍲 💐 🎲 🎹

***Big thank you to Bookouture for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the Book

I almost gave up on love. My ex, who called his private parts ‘Nigel’, was enough to put me off men forever. But then I met Joe.

Alice thought she’d found Mr Right. Her blue-eyed boyfriend Joe gives her butterflies, makes her bacon sandwiches when she’s hungover, and doesn’t have a nickname for any of his body parts.

She should have known it was too good to be true. Because one day, Alice and Joe bump into Zoe. According to him, Zoe’s ‘just an old friend’. But Alice saw the way they froze, and heard the strange note in Joe’s voice when he said her name.

Then, out of the blue, Zoe needs a place to live. And Joe has the bright idea of inviting her, and her fluffy ginger cat Frazzle, to stay with them.

Alice tries her hardest not to feel threatened. But the thing is, Zoe doesn’t survive off microwave meals, or go days without washing her glossy copper-coloured hair, or accidentally get mascara in her contact lenses.

Joe’s ex might be pretty much perfect, but there’s no way that Alice will let Zoe steal him. She’s on a mission to prove that three (four, if you count the cat) is definitely a crowd…

This fabulous, feel-good page-turner is for anyone who has ever got a little too drunk and checked out their partner’s ex! (We’ve all been there…) Fans of romantic comedies by Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk, and TV shows like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin, will love this utterly relatable read.


About the Author

Sophie Ranald is the youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe and lived in South Africa until an acute case of itchy feet brought her to London in her mid-20s. As an editor for a customer publishing agency, Sophie developed her fiction-writing skills describing holidays to places she’d never visited. In 2011, she decided to disregard all the good advice given to aspiring novelists and attempt to write full-time. After one false start, It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend (Wouldn’t It?) seemed to write itself. Her second, third and fourth novels followed. Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion, finance and running. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and Purrs, their adorable little cat. 

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