What do you do if you’re 34 and recovering from being jilted two weeks before your wedding day?
While friends are marrying, having children and moving to the depths of the countryside, Gilly Brown finds herself alone in London with just her little dog Ruskin for company. It’s time to move on, so, on a friend’s advice she looks for a lodger, a Monday to Friday one, and finds handsome television producer Jack Baker. Gilly falls for Jack’s charm and is transported into an exciting social whirlwind of parties, dining out and glamour.
When Jack is introduced to Gilly’s family and friends, it’s only the attractive and eccentric Guy, the newest recruit in the dog walking group, who isn’t quite so convinced about Jack’s intentions. As Guy watches them grow closer, his suspicions of Jack and his feelings for Gilly deepen. Is Jack so perfect after all… and what exactly does he get up to at the weekends?
This book was recommended to me by a friend as a fantastically lazy holiday read and it didn’t disappoint! Monday to Friday Man by Alice Peterson is an enjoyable and easy read; perfect for relaxing under a parasol with. That’s not to say its devoid of substance or grit; it tackles a couple of very difficult issues, and does so well.
I loved the characters in this book particularly the dog walking group who are, to all intents and purposes, a vibrantly diverse bunch! But in spite of their differences, the friendship that exists among them is strong and caring, especially towards Gilly who is herself a loveable character. I can see many thirty-something women relating well to her experiences – I know I did! It reminded me of a time when all my friends were settling down and getting married; while I was stumbling from one disastrous relationship to another. I understood how Gilly was feeling – that time is running out for her; and felt Alice Peterson addressed this exceptionally well.
Monday to Friday Man is not a frivolous read by any matter of means. Gilly has to deal with the death of her younger sister and the subsequent abandonment of her and her twin brother by their depressed mother. These poignant episodes are depicted by a series of flashbacks, which are neatly interspersed between the in-the-moment eventualities.
Overall Monday to Friday Man is an entertaining book about friendships and relationships. It is also about following your heart and not worrying about the things in life you can’t change. A wonderful motto in my opinion! This book will make you laugh and it’ll make you cry… but only if you read this!