This review is written with thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my copy of Miss Wrong and Mr Right.
We first meet Natalie Love when she is aged nineteen. She has just abandoned her fiance, Jamie, at the altar, and with the encouragement of her grandmother, Anouska, is burning her wedding dress. Then fast forward fifteen years: Natalie is thirty five. She is living in London, and is a successful theatre manager. Her theatre is about to stage a production of Macbeth starring heart-throb, Ryan Harrison. She has a boyfriend, Benjamin, who seems like he could be the right man for her. But when Jamie starts work at a rival company, and she begins working closely with Ryan, she begins to wonder if any of them really are Mr Right.
Miss Wrong and Mr Right is billed as a romantic comedy, which is not usually my chosen literary genre. However, having read Bryndza's Dark Water earlier this year and loved it, I was interested to see if Bryndza can turn his hand to comedy as well as he can turn his hand to crime. I was not disappointed. Natalie and her family have characteristics I could recognise in myself and my family, and this meant that the humour in the novel resonated with me. It is here that I must give a special mention to Anouska. Although she bears no resemblance to my own grandmother, her witty put downs, risque sense of humour and matter of fact observations made me laugh out loud, even in more serious situations within the novel.
One of the aspects of Dark Water that I found appealing was the atmospheric, detailed descriptions, and I was concerned that this trademark of Bryndza's writing would not translate well to a more lighthearted setting. I should not have worried. Natalie grew up in a picturesque village in Devon, and when she visits her family, the descriptions of the village give the reader a strong sense of place. I was particularly struck by the contrast between her family home and her home in London, as this helped me to gain insight into Natalie's past and present.
At times, I felt that the plot became a little convoluted, and elements of the plot were slightly predictable. However, there are enough twists and quirks in the novel to make Miss Wrong and Mr Right stand out from the standard romantic comedy and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Miss Wrong and Mr Right is published on 8th December and available from Amazon.