*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author and Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources blog tours. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: After a shocking confrontation with an unexpected encounter, Constance tries to piece her life back together and is on a mission to finally move on.
The thought of having her friends nearby is a comfort as they take time out of their busy online lives and regularly meet up at their favourite place, A Cupful of Dreams Café. Everyone seems happy enough until cracks begin to show and all is not as good as it seems. Constance tries desperately to keep positive as there’s so much to look forward to: shopping for posh frocks, dinner at The Shard and a movie premiere.
As things start to look rosy, a few odd tweets begin to pop up from nowhere. At first, they seem innocent, but as the weeks go by and premier night draws near, not only do the tweets increase but they become more obnoxious.
By the time Constance and her chums arrive on the red carpet, she’s determined to work out who the troll could be and to keep them from spoiling her evening. However, as Constance soon learns, the troll wants to destroy far more than that!
Breathtaking views of London.
Posh frocks and Paparazzi
But there’s definitely trouble in the air …
The Dinner in the Sky is a fun and frothy romantic comedy with an endearing main character and an engagingly disparate group of friends (think the Community gang, if they had met in an online group).
Even though this was book 3 in the series, it was easy to pick up and follow the plot, thanks in part tot the author’s quick introductory recap and also because the character’s sum up the important bits naturally as this next bit of the story unfolds. Personally though, I will be heading back to fill myself in on books 1 and 2 anyway, because they sound like good fun!
I was hooked on the drama between Constance and the three men in her life (Wayne, Maxwell and Julio), but also on the side plots and quirks of the Cupful of Dreams crew. I would happily read books about each one of them! I also liked the various Whatsapp and Twitter messages scattered throughout the story, which added pace and varied the tone of the narrative.
There is a real wish-fulfilment element here with the red carpet event and the characters rubbing shoulders with the stars, whilst still retaining the anonymity to pop to the shops or the local caff. So don’t expect too much realism in that respect! However there is realism in the relationships, especially the dialogue between friends and partners, and also in the issue the characters face; from parenting a child with autism, to battling addiction, to fear of aging – all are handled sensitively and sympathetically.
The Dinner in the Sky is a delightful, light romantic read and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more to come from this author, as well as catching up on what I missed!
Maxwell, now with his back against the sink, graces me with a smile and his full attention. ‘So, tell me Constance what’s so important that you had to travel all the way up here?’ He asks with a glimmer of amusement in his brown eyes and takes a long sip of his tea.
I rest my cup down on the thick pine table and compose myself. ‘It’s your wife, Maxwell. Your wife… Penelope.’
– Anne John-Ligali, The Dinner in the Sky
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