BOOK REVIEW: From London With Love by Jemma Forte
I'm a huge fan of chick-lit novels with a spy theme, so was rather excited about From London With Love, the new novel from Jemma Forte (author of Me and Miss M). Okay, so it's not exactly a novel about secret agents, but still - with a loveable heroine with a double life and a city backdrop, I couldn't help but instantly fall for this one.
Jessica Granger is the rich daughter of not only the world's favourite James Bond actor, but also Angelica, who was once voted sexiest ever Bond girl for her role as Heavenly Melons. But despite Jessica's privileged upbringing, she craves a bit of anonymity - mainly due to her dad trying to 'help her out' at every job she gets. So she decides to change her name and head to London, where finally, she can learn to stand on her own two feet.
Which she starts to do perfectly. Jessica chooses her father's birth name of Bender, despite his warnings - and even flies economy class to the UK to get her into the throes of living like a normal girl. Staying at a hotel, Jessica starts out in the city with her aunt Pam, who might have just helped land her a job...
Despite having movie-star parents and a whole host of agents and famous folk as part of her extended family, Jessica doesn't exactly know much about working in TV. So being interviewed for the (low-paid) role of assistant on a top TV show isn't exactly easy, especially as Jessica has promised herself not to reveal her true identity. Yet somehow, Jess bags the job - and she's soon thrown into the world of television.
However, it's not that easy...best friend Dulcie has realised that Jessica's guest-booking role could get her a break in the UK, and she's determined. Plus, Jessica is rather interested in new colleague Paul. But she has to be very careful - the girls at the show and celeb-savvy and it would only take one mistake to reveal the truth about Jessica Bender...
Can Jessica keep up with her double-life and keep her independence? Or should she have stayed in Hollywood with her lovely yet overbearing dad and wedding-obsessed Dulcie?
I absolutely loved this book. It was wonderfully funny; Jemma obviously has a great sense of humour, and with plenty of dialogue, the book flowed well. It's written in third person so that the reader gets not only Jessica's perspective, but also those of her parents - who are equally fantastic. I had been waiting for this book for a months and was so glad to find out that it was as brilliant as I had expected. My only complaint? I read it rather quickly and I would love to read more Jessica adventures!
This is a fantastic, light read set in the world of London media so if you love true-to-life observations mixed with celebrity and laughs, From London With Love is definitely the book for you.