Whatever Happened to Vicky Hope's Backup Man?
Author: Laura Kemp
Genre: Chick Lit
Release Date: January 1, 2017
Rating: 4 Stars
A tender, funny and haunting coming-of-age novel which asks if the past can ever be part of your future.
Twenty-one and insecure, Vicky Hope comes up with a plan on the eve of travelling the world with her high flying friend, Kat Lloyd: if she isn't married by the time she's thirty, she'll marry her geeky best mate Mikey Murphy.
Fast-forward eight-and-a-bit years, Vicky, now Vee wakes up on her thirtieth birthday in Brighton, expecting a proposal of marriage from her arty boyfriend Jez. Instead he tells her their relationship is over and she has no choice but to return to her parents' home.
Devastated and alone in her childhood bedroom, she decides she has nothing to lose and tracks down her two old mates. With shock, she discovers Mikey, now Murphy, is a successful app designer driven by his tragic upbringing. Kat, or Kate, never made it – but she hides a devastating secret, which threatens the happiness of all three.
Laura Kemp never ceases to amaze me with her charming and witty novels. And honestly? I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. While the plot may have been a bit predictable, it didn't take away from my overall enjoyment. In fact, there were quite a few twists and turns and I wasn't sure which direction the author was going to go. This made the book more interesting and quite frankly, made it even harder to put down! Fans of chick lit novels - those that are light hearted, funny, charming, and witty, will want to get their hands on a copy of this novel. It is told in a delightful way and the characters will simply grab onto your heart and be hard to let go of. I can't wait to read more books by Laura and she has easily become a favorite author of mine.