Back of the book :
Sophie’s got used to being the Girlfriend of Billy Buskin, the biggest movie star in the world … sort of …
But when she and Billy take a trip to visit his family in Los Angeles, she quickly discovers she’s totally unprepared for the chaos of Hollywood, the paparazzi and Billy’s controlling mother.
And when Billy extends his stay in LA, leaving Sophie to fly home to Rosefont Hill alone, it seems there’s more than just miles between them.
Now Sophie must decide if they can overcome their differences for good. Because not all love stories end happily ever after …
What I think :
Sophie and film star boyfriend Billy are enjoying Billy’s work break, he’s been helping Sophie run her cafe on the hill that her friend Molly left to her when she died. When Sophie surprises Billy at Christmas with a visit back home to LA to visit his family, he is over the moon. At first when they get there its lovely, Billy’s family welcome her with open arms and she feels really relaxed, they have a great holiday. However as time moves on things start to go wrong, and she begins to feel awkward. When its time for the couple to return home, Billy gets an offer he can’t refuse and decides to stay in Los Angeles a while longer. This means that Sophie has to return home alone. Life goes on as usual for Sophie at home, she continues to work in the Cafe, her mum is getting married pretty soon and is helping her prepare for that and Molly’s son comes home from Australia. when Billy has to stay on longer in LA the gap widens between Sophie and Billy, will their relationship last the distance or is this it for the pair …. ?
I was really excited when this book popped through my letter box last week, in fact I let out a small squeak of happiness when I opened the padded envelope and it fell out. I loved “Billy and Me ” and was really excited to get started on it, but I must admit when I first started to read this book I did find it slightly hard going, Im not sure if Giovanna has changed her writing style slightly but it didn’t seem to “flow ” quite as well as her other books, however after the first couple of chapters I really got into it and started to enjoy it. Although this is the follow on to the first book you don’t need to have read it as this is good as a stand alone too.
I was pleased to find that all the old characters from the first book were there, but what was it with Billy’s family ? All, with the exception of Lauren, seemed to do nothing all day apart from live off Billy and party. All I wanted to do was yell “get a job !” to all of them especially the twins and Billy’s Mother. Having said that I really liked the other characters, and I could really relate to Sophie’s mother after all the problems she’s had, it was nice for her to find some happiness.
I also thought that the Sophie/Billy letters were really sweet, nobody really writes to each other anymore so it was really nice to have something ‘old school’.
I did find it quite an enjoyable read and I’m really hoping that there will be another Billy/Sophie book, especially after that ending !!
Yes, I really liked this book, and give it 8/10. (4 stars)
Published by Penguin books on 02/06/16.
A very big Thank you to Ellie Hughes at Penguin books for the review copy of the book.