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  • fans of her crime fiction will probably be disappo

    If Only is a stand-alone novel by British author, Angela Marsons, who is well known for her crime novels. This one is a light romance that features three main female characters. Initially, Cher will probably strike the reader as shallow: too dazzled by her manager’s good looks to notice the genuinely decent guy in front of her; Sarah, whose selfish plan to fall pregnant to lure her married lover away from his family, makes her difficult to like; Deb is plagued by a manipulative, controlling prospective mother-in-law and needs to grow a backbone. It says something about this trio that the only criticism Sarah’s plan to snare a married man with a baby attracts is logistical rather than moral. These women are all wishing for something: to be noticed by a cocky, arrogant male, or for a man to leave his wife, or for a woman to disappear; on their girls’ night in, they consult a spell book and drunkenly try to magic what they want. A few weeks later, their lives look very much like a case of “be careful what you wish for.” There are subplots to fill out the main stories and distract the women from their primary wants: Cher’s workplace is subject to a management audit; Deb is thrown into competition with her work rival for a better position; Sarah begins to focus on her lifelong ambition to write. While there are some twists and surprises, overall the plot is fairly predictable. Cher will frustrate with her ongoing blind loyalty to a user; sympathy for Sarah’s situation is hard to muster; and Deb takes way too long to stand up for herself. Three of the four children are obnoxious and only two male characters really impress. This one may appeal to readers wanting a light romcom, but is likely not representative of her usual quality, and fans of her crime fiction will probably be disappointed This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Bookouture.

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  • Witty and heartwarming!

    This book took me on an amazing journey and I enjoyed every minute! I loved Cher, Deb and Sarah, and their individual predicaments; each one exploring very real-life issues. ‘If Only’ was bursting with humour, heartache, anguish, a few cringe moments and it left me with a few giggles too. The spell casting scene was hilarious! I could really picture it in my head as I read it. I loved how each woman’s story strand played out in a perfectly paced way and I equally enjoyed the moments where they came together to share their problems and spend time in each other’s company. Each character felt so well developed and authentic, they were like old friends as I followed their stories. This is a tale of true friendship. ‘If Only’ is amazing and the characters will stay with me for a long time. If you love witty and heartwarming, you can’t afford to miss this one!

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  • A solid romantic comedy

    Angela Marsons temporarily steps away from her best selling DI Kim Stone crime thriller series with her latest release, If Only, which is a standalone novel in the romantic comedy genre. Being a crime fiction addict myself, it is not very often I cross over to the dark side with a feel good romance, but with Angela Marsons at the helm, I thought I would give it a go. This story follows friends Cher, Sarah and Deb, each with their own set of problems ranging from unrequited love, a commitment phobic partner and a future mother in law from hell! After a night of copious amounts of wine they stumble across a book of spells and for a laugh decide to cast a wishing one. But as the saying goes, be careful what you wish for…. I don’t always like to compare when an author steps outside of their regular genre, but I have to say that I much prefer Angela Marsons style of her crime thrillers more, which I have just stared listening to. I do appreciate the effort that has been put into this book and I really admire her for this bold move she has taken. Despite it being not for me, If Only is an easy light hearted read that has been well written and with plenty of laugh out loud moments, I am sure will appeal to lovers of this genre.

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  • If Only

    If Only is the latest book from Angela Marsons. This tale gives us the story of three women friends and their hopes and dreams. This is a heartwarming romance that shows you what you want isn't necessarily what you need. I want to thank NetGalley and Bookouture for an early copy to review.

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  • This was okay!

    This just wasn’t it for me. The three women in Angela Marsons’ If Only were pretty unlikeable, and even though they were well into their twenties never actually dealt with their problems, instead they (drunkenly) cast a “wishing spell” with random herbs and spices found in your kitchen. While Cher is ditzy and insecure, and Deb can’t seem to tell her overbearing mother in law to back off - they both seem to enable Sarah, who (and this is not a spoiler) has been sleeping with a married man, and wants to have his baby so he will leave his wife. This did have some cute and funny moments, but overall I didn’t really enjoy it. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for advanced digital copy in exchange for review.

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