Daisy Hobson lives her whole life online. A marketing manager by day, she tweets her friends, instagrams every meal and arranges (frankly, appalling) dates on Tinder. But when her social media obsession causes her to make a catastrophic mistake at work, Daisy finds her life going into free-fall . . .
Her sister Rosie thinks she has the answer to all of Daisy’s problems – a digital detox in a remote cottage in Cumbria, that she just happens to need help doing up. Soon, too, Daisy finds herself with two welcome distractions: sexy French exchange-help Alexis, and Jack, the brusque and rugged man-next-door, who keeps accidentally rescuing her.
But can Daisy, a London girl, ever really settle into life in a tiny, isolated village? And, more importantly, can she survive without her phone?
I’ve read one of Anna’s books a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I do own every other one of her books, but never read them as of yet. This clearly needs to be corrected though as I’m disappointed in myself having not read any of her others yet, especially after finishing this book, which I completely adored.
It is classic chick lit at it’s very best. The book is inviting and completely relatable, especially if you use social media often (or roll your eyes thinking your Facebook friends use it too much – whether they’re vague-booking or showing every single thing they’re eating/drinking on their weekend away). The scene where Daisy goes on a Tinder date is absolutely hilarious, one of the funniest I’ve read in a long time. Dominic was arrogant and a complete pain in the bum. He had me squirming and cringing, but also chucking to myself at how pretentious and up himself he could be.
I loved the story, the small community that Daisy and Rosie join, leading to some great characters, especially in the local shop and of course the trials that Daisy goes through on her digital detox, as she reluctantly gives up her digital life, but her antics at trying to cheekily cheat the detox means frequently needs rescuing, cue handsome but annoying Jack to save her from these sticky situations.
Anna Bell writes very true to life characters. I loved Daisy as a character. She was quite outspoken, but not in an over-the-top way, she knew when to keep quiet. She is the type of person you’d want as a friend. I think that her addiction is quite easy to relate to. Maybe not to the same extent, but I am sure most of us have been there where we’ve convinced ourselves to share every little thing on instagram, or spend just 5 more minutes catching up on twitter/facebook, oh, and of course a quick search to look up that thing, so you can prove to a friend you were right (all in good humour of course). The message the book gives is I think very important.
I also loved Rosie, Daisy’s sister. To start with she seemed to lack confidence in herself. Though this digital detox also helped her grow as a person and do something for her, rather than always trying to please her husband. Not that he was mean and controlling, but she seemed to be a people pleaser, so it was nice to see her spend some ‘me’ time.
This book has a message behind it, but is also full of fun and a real warm feeling at the centre of it all. This is one you should definitely be adding to your TBR piles!
Published by: Bonnier Zaffre
Gratefully received from the Publisher for review