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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Behind the Scenes by Sophie Childs
Published by So Vain Books on March 16, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Romantic Comedy
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Never wear a pair of high heels on a film set no matter how good they may look!
Bethan Brooks works in London for the ultimate boss from Hell, trying to support her wannabe rockstar boyfriend. But are The Vampire Squirrels really ever going to make it big or is she doomed to be a secretary forever? Luckily, Bethan finds the perfect escape when going to the cinema. There she loses herself in another world and forgets all about the dreaded filing and monotonous office work. Imagine her surprise when one day she encounters her favourite actor on the Tube. Suddenly, she finds herself part of the glamorous movie world she only ever dreamed about. With more at stake than she could ever realise, does she really want to know what goes on behind the scenes?
Bethan Brooks is an average girl; an admin in an insurance agency, girlfriend of a struggling wedding band musician and best friend to Maria who is ever so slightly more glamorous than her. When fate smiles on her and she finds herself chatting to her favorite actor on the subway it sets her on a path to the life she has always dreamed of.
Behind the Scenes is a solid entry in the British Isles chick lit category. Reminiscent of She’ll Take It by Mary Carter, this story checked off all of the boxes needed to satisfy. Bethan, while flighty and terrible with spending, is relatable and someone you want to root for. Her boyfriend, Lee, is the typical struggling a-hole artist who Bethan loves in spite of his narcissism. Maria, the bestie, is there for Bethan and helps support her, while ever so slightly reminding her that she is better. The chance encounters that change Bethan’s life are book believable and I enjoyed that the new opportunities weren’t just handed to her. A nice change of pace was that the story did not revolve around a movie star falling in love with and bettering our heroine just by being famous. The side plot involving Maria and a mystery man was very obvious but was needed to move the story forward. A good debut entry that will have me looking forward to Sophie Childs’ next novel.