Monday, 8 September 2014

Mexican Kimono- Billie Jones BLOG TOUR

The Blurb
Samantha knows what she wants from life – and she’s got it!
1.A loving family. OK, her Mum’s plan to marry her off to the world’s most metrosexual man might not be ideal… but it’s only because she cares!
2.A great job. Or at least: a job that leaves plenty of time to update Twitter and shop for designer bargains online…
3.A credit card, with a very generous limit. So generous that she’s just spent over $10,000 on an antique kimono…  But suddenly Samantha’s charmed life starts to fall apart! From a hair-related fire to losing her job, Sam’s facing bad karma – and it all started when she bought that kimono…  Sure, it’s ridiculous. How could a piece of silk ever bring bad luck? But it can! Because, whether Samantha likes it or not, someone wants to teach her a lesson: it’s what’s inside that counts.
The Review

You know when life seems to keep throwing up disaster after disaster?  Well, Samantha in Mexican Kimono, certainly does.  The (literally) hair-raising fire is one thing, but soon everything is falling apart for her- her job, her home, her family, her friends- it seems nothing is stable any more.  And all because she couldn't resist buying a kimono at an auction she stumbled across...

Mexican Kimono is unlike anything I have ever read.  It is so over-the-top madcap, a proper old-school farce, but I loved it because of that.  It's quirky and fresh, with humour that is an absolute tonic for the soul, but underneath the mayhem there's a serious message about appreciating the important things in life.

The characters are larger than life.  The gossiping hairdresser, the transvestite who owns the local café, Samantha's hippy dippy mother- I loved them.  And Samantha herself, who I must admit I took a while to warm to, made my jaw drop with her self belief and total delusion.  It's kind of like Priscilla-Queen of the Desert in how it manages to be wild, wacky and yet strangely touching.

Being honest, I probably wouldn't have chosen this book if I wasn't part of the blog tour.  But I would have missed out on an entertaining, unpredictable read  which had me hooked.

It's fair to say Mexican Kimono really surprised me.  Let it surprise you too.

Mexican Kimono is out now, published by Carina.

With thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.

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