When I read the blurb for Trouble Finding Blondie, the first novel written by Mimi Marten, I was intrigued. Goodreads had categorised this book into the travel genre, and having just returned from our road trip around Europe and I keen to read it and explore the cities we had recently visited.
Mimi Marten kindly sent me a couple of copies of her book in exchange for a review & giveaway earlier this year. One of my twitter followers already has the book. The review has come a little later than I had hoped as I have yet to finish the book.
Despite starting the book four times, I’ve found it really difficult to get in to. The book is a fictional creation and I’ve discovered recently that I much prefer reading non-fiction. (I do however strongly expect that there are elements of real life scattered amongst the pages of this book). The book is also quite rich in speech and I think this is the main reason I’ve failed as yet to finish this book as I found it a struggle to keep up – my dyslexic brain just could not stay in focus.
However, my inability to finish reading the story isn’t really reflective feedback for the book as a whole. Trouble Finding Blondie has been scored 4.5/5 by Amazon reviewers, and Goodreads reviewers have scored it 4.64/5, so it seems it is actually a very well written and enjoyable book. I’m putting the book back on my shelf for now, a but I will give it another go. When I do, I shall update this post.
Here’s the blurb as written by the author:
”Life experience taught Simona to be tough and self-reliant, but underneath she is more vulnerable than she likes to admit. Finally living in Paris, and hiding behind the ‘mysterious stranger’ facade, Simona has her perfect life. She has great familial support, fulfilling friendships, and an exciting job. That is until he walks back into her life, and with him comes trouble.
Andre Zatopek has spent a year looking for Simona since her complete disappearance following the discovery of his betrayal and her desperation to start over. In that time apart, both Simona and Andre grew into themselves and learned what they want out of life. Now can they make it together?
Their journey takes them to the beautiful old cities of Europe as they set out to rediscover each other. This time they have to get past their mutual passion to delve into each other’s souls, but does Simona’s rich and mysterious friend Philippe Bouchard own too much of Simona’s soul? Can true love conquer Andre’s betrayal and the secrets in Simona’s life? Is Simona willing to compromise her perfect life for a little trouble?”
If you’ve read the book already, or are keen to read it to form your own opinion, let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Read another of my book reviews: Learning to Walk in India: A Love Story by Molly Kate Brown
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