Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Book Review: Sophie's Turn by Nicky Wells

Sophie's Turn (Rock Star Romance #1)
Author: Nicky Wells
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Publish Date: 5 September 2012
Format: Paperback and e-book (412 pages)

Slapper? Slut? Adulteress? Sophie Penhalligan's life and moral universe is turned upside down when rock star Dan proposes to her in full knowledge that she is already engaged. She has always loved Dan, in a remote-crush kind of way. She thinks she loves her fiancé, Tim. What is she to do? 

It's all happening because her past has come to tempt her. Nine years ago, she met her teenage idol and rock star extraordinaire, Dan Hunter, up close and personal. Well, almost! 

Now Dan has crash-landed back in her life just as Sophie is happily embroiled in a relationship with Tim, her boyfriend of two years. Until recently, she was confident Tim would eventually propose. But while his persistent inaction is beginning to cast a cloud over their relationship, Dan's sudden reappearance poses a whole new dilemma.

Having accompanied Dan's band to Paris, Sophie suddenly finds herself engaged to Dan while her erstwhile fiancé Tim is... well, doing whatever it is Tim does back in London. Torn between the dream-come-true and the sensible-thing-to-do, Sophie concludes her inadvertent journey of self-discovery with an ending that surprises herself, and everyone around her. 

Sophie's Turn is a glamorous contemporary fairy tale that will make chick-lit and romance lovers laugh, cry and rock along every step of the way.

My Review

Every girl (well, most girls) dreams of being swept off of her feet by the handsome rock star they idolise, but when it happens to Sophie Penhalligan it's not quite as perfect as she'd imagined.
Sophie is a journalist, working in London and dating the steady and safe Tim. Things have been a bit lackluster between her and Tim, and Sophie finds herself rediscovering her favourite rock band, Tuscq- along with their alluring lead singer, Dan. Sophie is surprised by a proposal from Tim, but can't help but have some conflicted feelings towards Dan.
Soon, Sophie is whisked away on Tuscq's revival tour. Can her relationship with Tim last when she's with Dan every day? Does she even want it to?

Sophie is really relatable and likable, I found that I could really empathise with her situation. She's fun and throughout the book we follow her journey as she tries to figure out exactly who she is and what she wants. Sophie only really seems to stay with Tim because she is comfortable and wants to settle, though of course she thinks she loves Tim. It was clear that Tim wasn't the one for Sophie though, as often pointed out by her dependable and outrageous best friend, Rachel.
Dan was very much how you imagine a rock star to be- charismatic, delicious and a total ladies man. Sophie is swept into a whirlwind romance with Dan that seems idyllic, but may not be the right relationship for her.

I loved the journey Sophie takes throughout the story, she seems to grow into herself more. She definitely gains the confidence to make some hard decisions, that may just surprise you.
Nicky Wells' writing is perfectly descriptive, you can imagine everything  easily and vividly. I loved the parts when they're on tour, especially their time in Paris! There's fun moments, but the story has plenty of ups and downs and keeps your interest without difficulty.
The ending was right for Sophie, and I'm looking forward to seeing what else will develop in her life!

*I received a review copy from the author, for my honest review. Thank you!

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