Okay so how cold has it gone in the past couple of days?! The days are chilly but the evenings are sub zero, which is why I’m currently spending the majority of them snuggled up with a good book and a cup of tea (it is a crazy life I lead, I know). Although when it’s this cold do you really want to be doing anything else?
I’ve just finished reading ‘It Started With A Kiss’ by Miranda Dickinson, which has a lovely Christmas theme throughout, so I thought it would be perfect to review just before the big day!
As the singer in a wedding band, Romily Parker has seen her fair share of happy endings, even though her own love life isn’t quite as simple.
On the last Saturday before Christmas, (shortly after disastrously declaring her love for best friend Charlie), Romily has a brief encounter with a handsome stranger whose heart-stopping kiss changes everything.
Determined to find him again, Romily embarks on a yearlong quest, helped (and sometimes hindered) by enthusiastic Uncle Dudley, cake-making Auntie Mags and flamboyant Wren. Will she find the man of her dreams? Or could true love be closer than she thinks?
‘It Started With A Kiss’ revolves around the character Romily Parker, a wedding singer in a band named ‘The Pinstripes’ formed of her friends. Romily has been harbouring feelings for her best friend Charlie for years, and decides that just before Christmas is the perfect time to tell him, however she soon realises this was a massive mistake. With Charlie less than thrilled, Romily makes a dash to hide her embarrassment and tumbles straight into a market stall of stuffed toys. An action which changes Romily’s life as she knows it, after being offered help from an attractive stranger, who leaves her with a kiss after being called back into the crowd. From that day Romily vows to find the handsome stranger who kissed her within a year, but gets more than she bargained for along the way.
This was the first book I had read by Miranda Dickinson and I have to say I was really impressed, so much so that I have read it again! It has a really unique story line, which does focus on Romily’s quest to find the handsome stranger, but my favourite aspect was how you see the character of Romily evolve and become so happy and confident within herself. This made it more than just a tale of romance for me, there is a real element of girl power within this book which will have you rooting, cringing, and laughing with Romily and her friends throughout.
Another thing that made me want to read this book again was the characters. Romily is a great main character, but her friends/bandmates (Tom, Charlie, Jack, Sophie and Wren) add a great deal to the story too. If you think ‘It Started With A Kiss’ is purely based around love, you’d be right, it focuses on all types of love –friendship, family, true love, and above all else, self-love. Miranda writes about friendship in such a lovely way, and the characters are well thought out. I wanted to join The Pinstripes myself after reading this! A really fun element to this story is reading about the wedding gigs the band play, everything from having to wear bunny ears to mustard coloured tights are just some of the things The Pinstripes have to endure!
It is not just Romily’s friends who decide to help her with her quest, but her loveable Uncle Dudley and Auntie Magsie, I dare you not to fall in love with these two characters! I really loved how Romily’s aunt was constantly baking, and knew exactly what cake was needed for what mood, it was a simple addition to the character, but one that made her one of my favourites! If you’re a bit of a foodie like me, Miranda has included what cakes suit what mood, on Auntie Maggie’s behalf of course. All of the characters are heart-warming and likeable, if I had to pick characters I didn’t warm to, it would have to be Romily’s mum and dad!
When I first read ‘It Started With A Kiss’ I was convinced I had predicted the ending, but Miranda pulls a fantastic twist which will leave you smiling! There are many twists and turns in Romily’s quest and you feel like you’re right there with her throughout, especially when she is encouraged to start a blog to help with her search. If you’re looking for a read to snuggle up with on these baltic evenings, It Started With A Kiss is sure to make you feel warm and festive! I’m patiently waiting for sequels revolving around the other characters now (Uncle Dudley and Auntie Maggie).
Have you read ‘It Started With A Kiss’? What did you think? Let me know below!