Today's review is for How to Find Your (First) Husband, Rosie Blake's third book. I enjoyed Rosie's debut and loved her second book so I had high expectations for this one, especially after she announced is was set in Malaysia. Read my final thoughts here:
Title: How To Find Your (First) Husband
Author: Rosie Blake
Published: June 2nd by Corvus
Blurb: It's a beautiful day in 1994 and the turn-out in the school playground is fantastic. Isobel is eight years old and marrying Andrew Parker, the boy of her dreams. Life is perfect. Then the ceremony is over, and a week later so is the marriage. Twenty years on and Isobel is dressed as a prawn handing out promotional fliers outside an L.A. fish market. Her career is going nowhere and her love life leaves a lot to be desired. Nothing Isobel hoped for has gone to plan. Then, she catches sight of Andrew, her first husband, in the background of a TV news item and wonders: if she can track down Andrew, will she recapture the happiness that she felt all those years ago? Isobel travels the globe to find her first husband, via Cornwall, Devon and a remote Malaysian island, but is he really what she is looking for?
*First of all I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Review: I've read and love Rosie Blake's previous books so when I picked her latest one, I knew I was in for a treat and I was not wrong at all. I found the premise for this story fantastic. I mean, who didn't have a crush in school with the golden boy of the class? And who hasn't wondered how life would be with him? Well Rosie Blake takes it one step further: Isobel, the star of the story, needs a change in her life so when she spots Andrew, her first crush and husband (there was a ceremony in the playground) on TV, she decides to go for it and chase him to the other end of the world.
As you can imagine, this story is completely bonkers and I couldn't have loved it more. Isobel is such a great character, she had me in stitches more than once and her ideas to seduce Andrew were just hilarious. I had such great fun following her around the world and I fell a bit in love with Tioman Island, in Malaysia, where great part of the story took place. Rosie Blake described it so well and the attention to detail was amazing. If I closed my eyes, I could easily picture myself there, spying Isobel's shenanigans with a cocktail on my hand.
Apart from Isobel and Andrew, there were a few more characters key to the story, like Isobel's best friend or a photographer we meet in Malaysia. I was a big fan of all of them, they were really supportive of Isobel and her crazy ideas and made the story even more interesting with their own little stories.
How To Find Your (First) Husband is everything a summer read should be and more. With an amazing setting, lovable character, an hilarious plot and turtles thrown into the mix, this is the book you cannot miss this summer. Laughs and good vibes guaranteed!
Rating: 5 stars