Book & Author Details:
Jane of Manchester by J G Dow
Publication date: January 9th 2017
Genres: Chick-Lit; Romantic Comedy
Jane’s life on the face of it isn’t really too bad…she has great friends like party girl Natasha who’s always up for a laugh and her close pal Polly, always there for her and of course her loving parents, but things could still be better…
Most people she knows are either married or have kids and she has been single a while now and wonders if a good man is ever to be encountered again. The single life is far from a quiet one for Jane however, as she is constantly getting dragged to night clubs and bars by Natasha and the crew as well as enduring a particularly boozy weekend away at the seaside!
Jane loves a lot about her life, disregarding rude plumbers in her flat and dealing with annoying superiors and a smug sister, but as a certain someone takes her eye, is everything about to change and get a whole lot more serious or is the single life determined to keep her captive a while longer yet…
This is a debut novel from a British author. When I was asked to review, I checked the blurb, which was sufficient to pique my interest.
Unfortunately, I’m afraid that that in some ways, with its short, to the point nature, the blurb contains a lot that the book itself is missing.
This novel reads pretty much in the style of Jane’s diary. It is rambling, the pacing is slow and the narrative full of details which simply don’t (for me at least) do anything to drive the story forwards.
I didn’t make any connection with Jane or any of the other characters, and frankly didn’t laugh out loud or at all at any point during my reading.
I did try to persevere with the story. But I was really just going through the motions and not deriving any enjoyment from it at all. I’m afraid that I took the decision to put the book away without finishing it.
I should point out that others have read this story and given it glowing reviews. My review is simply my opinion and if the blurb intrigues, you should make up your own mind. It was simply not for me.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
I lived for a few years in the North of England and spent a while living in Manchester and so am fairly comfortable writing about the city.
I went to University in Manchester many years ago and still miss the place sometimes now but have good memories!
I enjoy walks in the country and indulging in a spot of cooking now and then and write the odd story and pen the occasional poem but this is my debut novel…if anyone enjoys it, I may do another!