Thursday, 10 November 2011

Book Review: Wrapped up in You by Carole Matthews

Thirty-something hairdresser Janie Johnson's single status is a constant source of gossip for her friends and  clients. So after too many nights in with her cat, a blind date disaster and news that her ex is getting married, Janie realises it's time to do something dramatic with her life.
Leaving winter behind, Janie takes the plunge and books an exotic trip to Africa. Her friends think she's mad and Janie thinks they may very well be right... but then she falls head over heels for her tour guide and fully fledged Maasai Warrior Dominic. But can Janie now face spending a snowy Christmas back home without him?

I have enjoyed all of the Carole Matthews books that I have read so far, so when her latest arrived, wrapped in a beautiful red ribbon, I was very excited.
The new cover is lovely and very festive. I personally love reading books with a Christmas feel at this time of year but I will say that this book is in no way based around Christmas as I know that puts some people off.
Janie Johnson is an extremely likable character, her love life is a little slow and the ex-boyfriend is getting married so Janie's life is in need of a little sparkle. One of her clients inspires her to use her holiday and go on an African adventure to the Maasai Mara.
I thought she was very brave and I do admit to being a little jealous as it is up there on my 'things to do' list! Anyway, Janie is just looking to get away from it all, she is certainly not looking for love. However, love is exactly what she finds in the form of Dominic. He is a true Maasai Warrior and Janie's tour guide, I warn you now that he is one of those male characters who you will quickly have a crush on!
It becomes clear that they have feelings for each other and Janie is devastated when she has to leave Dominic behind and return to the UK. She tries to get on with normal life but she can't stop thinking about Dominic, what if he really is the one? How will it work? She can't possibly live in Africa but what would Dominic make of the UK and would they be happy?
Wrapped up in You is a really enjoyable, feel-good book. I enjoyed reading about Janie's time in Africa and what happens when Dominic visits the UK. Carole Matthews shows how love can cross so many barriers and that all the matters is the two people involved.
Carole's writing is always witty and inviting and this book had me laughing out loud in several places. It's clear to see that Carole's trip to Africa has paid off as I really enjoyed her descriptions of the people and places that Janie visits. I would highly recommend this book and I think it would make a great Christmas present too.

Dot Scribbles Rating: 5/5

Many thanks to Sphere for sending me a copy of the book to review, Wrapped up in You is out now!

2 comments:

Jo said...

I have not read any Carol Matthews, I must rectify this. This sounds like a good book to get going with. I think I may become addicted!

Hope you and bump are well.

Dot said...

Jo- Her books are ever so good, you should definitely give them a go! Bump and I are very well thank you! xx

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