This is the first time I’ve read anything by Lindsey Kelk and I was really pleasantly surprised. The story was quick and interesting, the characters weren’t blasé or annoying – they were fun, well-rounded and didn’t just talk about men. And the male interests weren’t just one sided (oh what a monster, oh what a heart throb). Even better, it was genuinely funny and quirky. In all a really fun read!
Title: In Case You Missed It
Author: Lindsey Kelk
Publication Date: 23rd July 2020
Rating: 4 stars
Ros has just returned to the UK after working in America for the past three years. Three years ago she left her friends, family and then boyfriend for a exciting career opportunity. On returning, she’s full of nostalgia for the way things used to be (or maybe that’s just the childhood bedroom in the garden shed that she’s living in speaking). She’s especially nostalgic for Patrick, the boyfriend that she left and has been thinking about for three years, thinking about what might have been. So when a mass group text gets sent to him, and Patrick responds, Ros thinks that this could be just her chance to rekindle what was lost.
This was a really fun, and funny, read. It seems like Lindsey Kelk has a particular sense of humour, or maybe Ros does, that really works for me. She worked the slightly mad and comical into every day situations and I actually found myself smiling whilst reading this (I’m quite a stoic reader).
Ros’ friends were all real people – they had their own things going on. Their lives don’t just revolve around our protagonist. They cancel plans, or do fun things with her. Even though there was plenty of chance for Ros to focus on the whole ‘people living lives without me and they’ve all moved on but I haven’t’ kind of story, she didn’t (and I’m super grateful for it!!)
Ros is also a good person, even if she’d blush to hear it. She’s got actual depth of character and does silly things and makes mistakes, but clearly puts her friends and family first, without necessarily judging them if they don’t do the same for her – she takes things at face value and doesn’t make it all about her – which is such a delight to read.
Aside from Patrick, who we gradually realise is a bit of a knob, there’s John. Who is obviously a nice guy that Ros has some kind of unconscious connection with. What was missing for me was more time with the two of them – they had some good bonding and steamy moments, but I wanted that slow burn interest and attraction to have more on-page time to make it happen.
The more I think about it too, there was a lot of the Bridget Jones feel about this novel. Two love interests, one who seems completely charming at face value but actually isn’t. And then the other, who is a little broodier, a little harder to love (and also steps in to save the day selflessly). Those elements were definitely there, and are part of what makes books with similar stories to Pride and Prejudice such meaningful, funny and passionate reads, as long as they are done well. Happily, it was definitely done well here.
4 happy stars!
I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.