About the author (as seen in the book)
Ali McNamara attributes her overactive imagination to one thing being an only child. Time spent dreaming up adventures when she was young has left with a head constantly bursting with stories waiting to be told. When stories she wrote for fun on Ronan Keating’s website became so popular they were sold as a fundraising project for his cancer awareness charity, Ali realised that not only was writing something she enjoyed doing, but something others enjoyed reading too. Ali lives in Cambridgeshire with her husband and two children, and when she isn’t writing, she enjoys watching too much reality TV, eating too much chocolate, and counteracting the results of the previous activities with plenty of exercise!
Publication date: 25th November 2010
Also available in Ebook, Audiobook and Audio CD Format
Pages: 448 pages
Genre: Woman’s Fiction/ Contemporary
Format reading: Paperback
Copy provided by: My own brought
Blurb (as seen on the back cover)
Scarlett loves the movies.
But does she love sensible fiancé David just as much? With a big wedding on the horizon, Scarlett really should have decided by now…
When she has the chance to house-sit in Notting Hill- the setting of one of her favourite movies- Scarlett jumps at the chance. But living life like a movie is trickier than it seems, especially when her new neighbour Sean is so irritating. And so irritatingly handsome, too.
Scarlett soon finds herself staring in a romantic comedy of her very own: but who will end up as the leading man?
As soon as I spotted this front cover and realised it was one of Ali Mc Namara stories; I just new I had to buy it. The cover is wistful and romantic. From the big theatre cinema on the corner of a busy street. The night sky is full of stars, there are silver coloured snowflakes fall all around and shimmer’s in the light adding to its romantic feel. Silhouettes of people are walking past the theatre going about their life’s. Across the road standing under a street light a couple are embracing, she is holding popcorn which the gentle man is trying and she pulls it away from him playfully. The title is coloured in black and red which is housed in the cinema theatre board above the entrance. Ali’s name is at the top left hand corner and is coloured in white, I would have liked to have seen her name a bit bigger. But a lovely romantic cover.
Earlier this year I came across The Little Flower shop by the sea and truly fell in love with her writing style and story telling.
Scarlett love’s nothing better than a good romantic comedy film’s! She co-owns a popcorn machine business with her father. They let their machines out to cinema theatre across London. Scarlett in engaged to bland David, and their wedding day is looming closer and closer. David’s family own a chain of cinema’s and are planning to use Scarlett and her father’s popcorn machines in their theatres; which would inject a big cash into their business. They have just brought a run down house; that they want to do up and are currently living on a building site. She see’s little progress in the house all because David want’s to try do it himself; only he’s not that good at DIY or parting with his cash. Scarlett is dreaming of a wistful romance like the movies and is always off in her own world in her head; which David gets annoyed with. But does she really want to marry boring and tight with his money, David?
Scarlett is getting bogged down with her thought’s and need’s to take some time away, her father agrees, but also thinks she need’s to stop day dreaming of life being like it is in the movies. And her father is not alone David and her best friend Maddie thinks the same. Scarlett doesn’t agree, so when Maddy get’s her a month’s house ( a luxury pad) sitting in non other than the setting of her one of her favourite movie’s; Notting Hill and she jumps at the chance. Scarlett intends to proved to her nearest and dearest that life can happen like it does in the movies and she sets out on a mission to do so.
Scarlett has a bit of drama when she arrives in Notting Hill; which just so happens to get her, the first scene and meet’s Oscar how helps her in her time of need. Oscar is an older gentleman and is as camp as they come; and thinks her life is better than the movies. He invites her to a dinner party to meet his friends because they will just love her! On getting to her new home for a month, she comes across her extremely annoying and irritating new neighbour; Sean.
As Scarlett makes her way to Oscars dinner party it appears Sean is also heading that way. He knows Oscar, but how? Will Scarlett finally prove to her family and friends life is like it is in the movie’s? Will Sean and Scarlett get past irritating each other? Is David really the one for her? Will Sean become more than a friend? Will he open up to her about his past love?
From Notting Hill With Love…Actually is a charming, story surrounded by the romance of films. I enjoyed being remined of some of my favourite movies through out the story and made me want to watch them again!!!!! Scarlett does seem to find drama when going about her mission which was very comical at times, and I had a giggle or two! The story line flow’s at a lovely rate, which keeps the reader entertained through every chapter. As I’ve said before Ali’s writing style is lovely, very comical and always romantic! Love her book’s so far and can’t wait to discover more very soon!!!!
Marie’s Book Boutique gives
From Notting Hill With Love…Actually by Ali Mc Namara
4 Sparkly Stars
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