TUESDAY THREE: In the money
One of my recurring fantasies as a teenager (along with the one about George Michael rescuing me from school ... the mean girls would have died of envy!), was inheriting a frighteningly huge amount of money from a relative. It never happened (nor did the George Michael thing, sadly), but inheritance plays a part in the following three books.
Belinda Jones’s I Love Capri features Kim, who is down on love and down on life. Following the death of a grandfather she's never met, Kim inherits £5,000, which she plans to spend on liposuction for her and her long-suffering flatmate. Before she can book an appointment, however, her mother whisks her off to Capri, home of the deceased grandfather, to do the translating as her mother prepares to take over her grandfather's boutique.
Initially terrified of leaving her comfort zone, Kim finds that life in Capri is better than she could have imagined. But self-discovery isn't all that Capri has in store for Kim. Oh no. After all, it wouldn't be chick lit without a love affair, and spokes in wheels, and heartache, and more love, and extra suitors - inappropriate, natch - hiding in the wings.
Practically Perfect by Katie Fforde centres around Anna, a qualified interior designer who decides to spend her inheritance money on a little cottage in Amberford. Quickly Anna begins to wonder if she has bitten off more than she can chew. She feels worse still when her next door neighbour, Chloe, mentions the fact that the row of cottages is listed and extra planning permission is required to do anything. As if looking after a dog - Anna's landed with the care of Caroline the rescue greyhound - and effectively rebuilding a house is not enough to contend with, Anna soon finds herself crossing swords with Rob Hunter who happens to be the one person she could do with keeping on side!
Marina Lewycka’s debut novel, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, turns up frequently in the Tuesday Three. I can only imagine she had that in mind when she wrote it. No? Anyway, sisters Nadia and Vera have an antagonistic relationship, thanks, in part, to their unequally-split inheritance. See, I just wanted to mention that inheritances aren’t always good news. But that George Michael visit would've been ace...