Sometimes, Happy Ever After is where the real trouble begins…
Chelsea Donnolly wasn’t supposed to amount to anything. But if there’s one thing the bad girl from the estate liked better than trouble, it was a challenge. So, to the amusement of her best friends Evie, Mollie and Ruby – and the disbelief of her teachers – this bad girl turned good.
These days, Chelsea is the kind of girl people are proud to know – and, after a surprise trip to Venice, she has a ring on her finger to prove it. But to get there, she’s had to learn to keep her deepest secrets from everyone – even her fiancé. And when wedding preparations threaten to blow her cover, Chelsea can’t help but wonder: in her battle to the top, might she have left the best parts of herself behind?
This is the second book in the House on Camden Square series and it’s every bit as good as the first. I loved reading Chelsea’s story; the character was so well developed, I felt like she was leaping up from the page to give me a great, big hug! The story itself was well-paced and carried a lot of depth and substance to it. Chelsea’s dark back story made for poignant reading and I loved seeing the journey from the girl everyone wrote off to the one everyone admires and respects. There are a wealth of rich descriptions within the book too that make the settings come to life. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of Venice; it’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit and A L Michael really made it come to life.
This book is a brilliant addition to the House on Camden Square series and I for one can’t wait to read Be My Baby. A L Michael is brilliant at creating characters that burrow into your hearts and stay there; I won’t be forgetting Chelsea and her friends in a hurry anyway!
About the author
A.L. Michael is hurtling towards the end of her twenties a little too quickly. She is the author of ‘Wine Dark, Sea Blue’, ‘The Last Word’, ‘My So Called (Love) Life’, ‘Driving Home for Christmas’, and ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’, based upon her experiences as a London barista.
Her new three book series, The House on Camden Square, starts with ‘Goodbye Ruby Tuesday’ and focuses on three friends as they try to open an arts centre in Camden, in memory of their rock star friend.
She is a Creative Therapeutic Facilitator, currently researching the power of creative writing to be helpful in recovering from eating disorders, and likes running writing workshops that link together the body and the mind. When she’s not writing, she likes yoga, trying to bake healthy treats and was a hipster before hipsters were hipster. Well, she likes Chai lattes and owns a Mac.