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    Brilliant!!

    A brilliant funny romantic book I enjoyed it so much. I loved the mums they were funny I also love the connection Lydia and Danny had too. Loved this books and would be reading more of Anna Bell's books.
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    Great laugh-out-loud read

    Ten years ago at her sister’s wedding, friends Lydia and Danny make a pact that if they are not married by the time they are thirty they will marry each other. Lydia has always had a secret crush on Danny but being friends since they were little children and their mothers being best-friends too, she has never crossed the friendship line – Until the night they made their pact. The ten years have past and events-coordinator Lydia is newly single. She hasn’t seen Danny in quite a while but a chance encounter brings the pair together and seeing as they are both now thirty and single will they decide to go through with their pact? If We’re Not Married by Thirty is a fun, chick-lit-Esq novel filled with warm, delightful characters and a ‘will they, won’t they’ hanging in the balance. Both characters have plenty of flaws and this is what makes them so likeable and realistic, even if the situation is not – I mean do people really make these pacts? The plot will have you laughing-out-loud at times and cringing at others (especially at the pairs mums). Ms. Bell certainly knows how to write scenes that make you squirm with embarrassment for the characters. The book is also bang up to date with the use of social media throughout too. If you are looking for a book that will put a smile on your face and have you not wanting to put it down, then this is the one to choose. I raced through it in two days and enjoyed every minute.
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    Enjoyable but lacking originality

    I’ve read a few of Anna Bell’s previous books and found them to be good easygoing reads so I was really looking forward to reading her newest title. Overall I enjoyed it, it was easy to get into, entertaining with some good humour and a really easy read. What spoilt my enjoyment of the book somewhat was the feeling I’ve read this story before, yes different authors, different characters and different circumstances but overall the same premise and a feeling of predictability. The characters were engaging and well written, you couldn’t help but go crazy for the mums, they made the book really and could be great stars of their own books if the author could find the right storyline so whilst I found the plot a bit samey the characters meant it’s still a good read.
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    Those Hashtags

    This was an okay read but nothing really spoke to me about the story if I'm being honest. There is a small dose of humour but, for me, that mostly centred around the whole social media thing rather than the people or the situations they find themselves in. Probably because whilst I acknowledge that for some people it is an important part of their lives I really don't understand why you would invite the world in to your privacy. This is very much a book based on the now with all the references to social media accounts and how it influences us to feel like we are somehow living a life less than our contemporaries. However, I don't believe this will date it over much as there is enough meat to the base tale without that. I just wasn't very interested in the relationship between Lydia and Danny and how her career was going to pan out Lydia's career in Events does provide some moments of humour. It also made me swear off work's Christmas parties for life! It was a jolly enough read and I did get through it fairly quickly - probably because the writing is actually rather good and it propels you eagerly through the tale. No breathless moments where you can't wait to turn the page to find out what happens but engaging enough to keep you interested. There are the standard misunderstandings and hiccups along the way but they do all get resolved in the end, not necessarily satisfactorily or in a way that stands up to real life scrutiny but they do have a veneer of completion to them. Not a bad book and very easy to follow, perfect for a snatched holiday read or a commute. I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THIS BOOK FROM READERS FIRST IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.
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    Funny, sweet holiday read

    Loved the title, set the mood! So relatable. Easy reading with tantalising twists and characters that made me smile (and cringe) with their antics. Fun easy read.
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