London Belongs to Me Published by Kirkdale Press on October 14th 2016
Alex Sinclair couldn’t jump on a plane fast enough. Broken from an unexpected betrayal, the twenty-one-year-old flees sunny Florida for the Britannia cool of London—home of her favourite TV shows, plays, and fangirl heroes. Alex believes London is where she belongs, where she’ll heal old wounds, and chase her dream of writing for the theatre. Staying with her British friend Harry with barely a year’s rent money in her pocket, the clock is ticking.
But when a wealthy rival fueled by ambition and jealousy threatens her career and a fledgling romance, Alex once again questions her self-worth—and is left wondering if London is where she truly belongs.
I have been fortunate enough to be a part of the 2016 BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge (#FRC2016). I love being a part of these challenges because books are often brought to my attention that I may have never heard and may have missed out on the reading pleasure too. Today’s book, London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton falls under the
London Belongs to Me is the story is about Alex Sinclair, who is a 21 year old woman who can’t wait to get out of town and jump on a plane to London. She wants to fulfill her dreams of writing for the theatre and her hometown in Florida isn’t the place for that. The fact that Alex has a bitter mother and a cheating ex-boyfriend really has her moving forward with her dreams. She’s planning to stay with her college friend, Harry, who lives in an apartment with Olivia, his girlfriend.
Alex soon realizes that her big move isn’t going to be easy – her luggage is lost upon arrival, Harry can’t meet her, and there’s a horrible thunderstorm, leaving Alex soaking wet by the time she arrives at the apartment. When she sees what is to be her “room”, she soon realizes what she’s really dealing with – a tiny little room, maybe even a closet without windows, which is to be her bedroom. Olivia has already given the room meant for Alex to her brother, Tom, and Olivia has already made it clear that she will do whatever is necessary to make Alex’s life miserable.
Olivia then steals from Alex and gets her to move out under false pretenses. Fortunately for Alex, her new London friends, Lucy and Freddie, truly care about her, stand by her and want to help her out. Everything leads to a heated confrontation when Alex finds her own voice and deals with Olivia. Alex discovers what it truly means to have great friends in a town that she already loves so much.
This story really shows how someone can follow your dreams trying to achieve what you desire the most. This story also shows readers that no matter what is happening in your life, you don’t have to change the nice person that you are.
The author really makes this story come to life with her strong, vivid descriptions of London and the story is great thanks to her well developed characters. I can’t believe this is a debut book! We will be seeing more of Jacquelyn Middleton, I’m sure.
Who is Jacquelyn Middleton? Here’s what she says:
“Hello! I’m an award-winning freelance writer with articles published by several of the most popular magazines, newspapers, and websites in North America including Canadian Living, Best Health, National Geographic Travel, the Toronto Star, Reader’s Digest, Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, and Flare. I previously worked in television broadcasting for Chum Television (Citytv and MuchMusic), and Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting (Discovery Health Channel, Slice and National Geographic Channel), and live in Toronto.
When I’m not writing, you can find me hanging out in London, waiting in a comic con line with my husband, or chasing after my bossy Schipperke.”
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publishers and BookSparks as part of the Fall Reading Challenge 2016 (#FRC2016) in exchange for this post, which is my honest review and unbiased opinion.