Title: It Should Have Been Me
Author: Phillipa Ashley
Source: Public Library
‘This wonderfully romantic and funny novel manages to fulfill all the best fantasies, including a gorgeous, humanitarian hero and a camper van!’ Katie Fforde
When Carrie’s fiancee’ Huw suddenly calls off their wedding, and she finds out he’s marrying another woman, she’s devastated. Desperate to get away, Carrie jumps at her best friend Rowena’s suggestion of a road trip in her VW camper van. But when Rowena has to pull out and Matt Landor, an old friend of Huw’s, ends up filling the breach, she’s not so sure. Will fate take the pair on an altogether different journey?
I chose this book because I just wanted something light to read and doesn’t have a lot of page count to rev me up from my reading slump so I didn’t have much expectations for this book and it was good actually because it allowed me to just enjoy the book. Surprisingly I really did enjoy the book, I couldn’t put it down but now thinking in retrospect I am not too sure why I initially thought the book was great (think: 4-5 stars great) in the first place.
The book was very predictable and was filled with a lot of romance tropes but then again it is from Little Black Dress publishing company so I am not surprised. I couldn’t relate to the main characters because whilst I was reading it at the back of my mind I am thinking like ‘wow they sure sleep around a lot… is this normal for Brits?’.
Honestly, I do not have any idea how to write my review because all I feel was that it was an enjoyable book and that is it. I didn’t relate to the main characters, some plot points which were supposed to make me empathize to them just made me feel like they were an over dramatic child or on the flip side not dramatic enough, it was full of the usual romance tropes so I already knew the ending from a mile away but I knew this anyway.
The one thing that did stand out for me for which I did like was how Carrie took a year off before getting together with Matt this is because I am a firm believer of that after a break-up you should under any circumstances have some time for yourself before you get into any type of relationship be it man or woman to really figure out what you want from life. So, when she eventually did become an item with Matt we all know this is what she truly wants and she isn’t doing this because she is lonely or is hurting or whatever (I don’t know man I have been out of this dating game for close to 7 years now).
And thus that is my review in a nutshell.