Kicking off the week with a review of The Dinner In The Sky book three in the Friendships Online series.
After a shocking confrontation with an unexpected encounter, Constance tries to piece her life back together and is on a mission to finally move on.
The thought of having her friends near is comforting as they take time out of their busy online lives and meet up at their favourite place, A Cupful of Dreams Café. Everyone seems happy enough until cracks begin to show and all is not as good as it seems. Constance tries desperately to keep positive as there’s so much to look forward to: shopping for posh frocks, dinner at The Shard and a movie premiere.
As things start to look rosy, a few odd tweets begin to pop up from nowhere. At first, they seem innocent, but as the weeks go by and premier night draws near, not only do the tweets increase but they become more obnoxious.
By the time Constance and her chums arrive on the red carpet, she’s determined to work out who the troll could be and to keep them from spoiling her evening. However as Constance soon learns, the troll wants to destroy far more than that!
Breathtaking views of London.
Posh frocks and Paparazzi
But there’s definitely trouble in the air …
It has been really nice to dive back into this series, I’ve read both of the previous books The Big Event and The Weekend Spa Break, I would always recommend reading the books in order and the last two are short and sweet so it won’t take you long to catch up. Having said that though the author has very helpfully included a round-up of both books at the beginning of this one so you can get an idea of what has been happening, I found it helpful just to have a quick refresh of where we were leaving off from.
I enjoyed getting back in touch with Constance and the gang, it’s always good to see what they are all up to but I was especially looking forward to this one as there was a bit of a bombshell dropped for Constance at the end of the last book. This book definitely had a lot of drama, it certainly kept me entertained, and I was surprised how many things were covered. I think this is because this book is longer than the last two so there is more room for the author to give the characters, well mostly Constance, obstacles to overcome.
Whilst I liked that this one was a bit longer, there were a few occasions that I felt like we were hearing about things that didn’t really have enough relevance to the rest of the story to warrant the amount of page space it got. I think this was more obvious to me because I’m used to this author creating a great story with a lot fewer words, so everything counts but I felt that these occasions (the car being one of them) kind of slowed the story down for me a little too much.
What I am about to say will come across as a negative but this is just a personal preference and I am sure that plenty of romance lovers will think I’m mad and can look past these things, but I was a little put off by the insta-love that goes on between Constance and Julio. I liked their chemistry from the last book but she’s been on two dates with him and they are declaring love and it just made me roll my eyes a little too much to enjoy that part of the storyline. This will be hard to say without giving too many things away but I know that it is to ultimately lead to another hardship for Constance to overcome but I don’t think it had the same impact on me as it should have done
Despite that, it was still a fun story with plenty of drama to keep you interested and wanting to find out more.
Anne John-Ligali is a writer and found of Books and Authors UK, a website that features author interviews, cover reveals, blog posts, features and reviews. She loves all things books, going to book events and meeting other book worms. She has written her first series and is currently writing her first novel.
When Anne is not writing she is likely to be playing with her kids, going for walks in the park, watching Netflix or thinking up more stories. Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London she studies graphic design at the University of Arts and held a number of IT jobs in the city. Anne continues to write romantic comedies, women’s fiction, and has the desire to write a non-fiction book and a few children’s books.
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