Book review: The Secret to Falling in Love by Victoria Cooke.

Release Date: February 7th 2017
Publisher: HQ Digital
Twitter: @VictoriaCooke10

I was super excited to read this book, as I adored the premise. Can one possibly fall in love in today's day and age without the use of social media, apps and filters? It certainly sounded interesting to me, in addition to the front cover just being way too pretty and cute. This is Victoria Cooke's debut book and it is a rather delightful one at that. I became cozy and content within the first few pages and was hooked by Victoria's writing style. This is something Kelly and I always look for in a book, that 'Ahh' moment when you relax and know you are in good hands.

In 'The Secret to Falling in Love' we meet Melissa, in the midst of pulling off quite the escape after yet another one night stand, might I add. She is thirty something and struggling to come to terms with the fact that she still isn't married and still doesn't have any kids. She's fed up of all the happy families she sees on Facebook and the far from perfect matches she meets on dating sites and she has no idea what to do about it all. When watching The Matrix one night she starts to think about her social media driven life and how infatuated us humans are with our phones, always uploading food pictures or telling people what we are doing. It leads her to write an article for work on the topic. When the article receives high praise, her world is flipped upside down when her boss decides that, for a follow up article, Melissa, will be unplugged...
And so, with no mobile phone glued to her fingertips, a whole new world opens up to Melissa. I absolutely adored reading about how Melissa deals with no social media. I think it's safe to say we have all had those moments where we wonder, after realizing that we have just spent the best half of an hour scrolling through the same three apps numerous times, what more there is to life? I loved that she had to start writing notes, I loved that she saw Manchester in a fresh new light and I loved how she made time for people and became more in the present. Speaking of our leading lady, she is pretty darn awesome. She had me giggling and laughing out loud throughout the book with her sense of humour and often self deprecating ways. I also loved that, though she longed to meet someone, she was incredibly independent and self sufficient. It made me happy that she had her own cool apartment, awesome job, despite her boss, and that she was more than happy going to coffee shops with her friends or on her own. Her friends were a delight too. Again, Amanda had a fierce independence and I could clearly picture her as a fashionable, kick ass lawyer. And Gemma, was so fun too, I enjoyed that the girls had there side stories and how everything intertwined, but they all stuck by each other. It was a really beautiful friendship to read.
Furthermore, Victoria captured my heart with her descriptions of Manchester, my home sweet home, it simply made me happy reading about the places Melissa walked past or ate at. I longed to be walking through Piccadilly with her. Ooh and her descriptions of Scotland...take me there now. It just sounded so cozy and quaint and perfect, and reminded me of all the gorgeous places in my little hometown, where you can snuggle up with coffee and chat to the regulars. My idea of heaven.
As well as picturesque backdrops, a kick butt leading lady and side kicks that you will wish were your best friends too, 'The Secret to Falling in Love' of course has sexy love interests that will have you stomping your feet in frustration and disbelief whilst also swooning and grinning from ear to ear...yes you will have to read the book to find out more! :) This book left me feeling happy. Melissa's revelation on social media made me nod my head in agreement and even had me evaluating my every day routine, I will definitely be putting some of her lesson's learnt into practice going forward.
If you are looking for a heartwarming, romantic read with an incredibly cool and interesting concept, definitely pick up this book today. I'm excited to read more from Victoria Cooke in future.

Happy reading!


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