Title: Daisy Does it Herself
Author: Gracie Player
Genre: Romantic Comedy
My Rating: 5 out of 5
Sometimes, the Last Place You Intended to Go is Exactly Where You Need to Be.
When 26-year-old Daisy’s life in London comes crashing down around her, the only thing she can think of is getting away – far away. That’s how she found herself stumbling off a train in England’s picturesque Peak District – 150 miles from home, with no idea why she’d gone there and even less idea how she intended to get home.
As Daisy explores the gorgeous village of Upper Finlay, she glimpses the possibility of a different life. The Derbyshire Dales offer up new friends, new opportunities, and a distractingly dishy object of attraction in the form of local bookstore owner Alex (and his bumbling Great Dane.) When Daisy discovers Alex’s business is in trouble she steps in to save the day.
But London’s Calling – literally. The life she ran away from is calling her back. Why then, is she so reluctant to heed its call?
Daisy’s got a decision to make: Will she play it safe, and return to what she knew? Or is she brave enough to take a leap of faith and create a bold, new life for herself in the last place she’d ever expected?
Loved this story so much. The perfect read for my first book of 2023.
Living in London, with her boyfriend Phil, Daisy has been working for a big firm as a self-taught, but underpaid web developer. When she is asked to attend a meeting with her boss, she is under the impression she is about to be offered a permanent role and the salary to go with it. So nothing could have prepared her for being told she no longer had a job. What also didn’t help matters, is arriving home after losing her job, Daisy discovers Phil in a very compromising position with another woman. Literally turning on her heels and running away is the only thing Daisy can do. And she keeps on running.
After several hours of running and train-hopping, she finds herself in the middle of nowhere, which she later discovers is actually Derbyshire. After being gratefully welcomed and offered somewhere safe for the night by the lovely Alex, Daisy knows that she will have to face up to everything and go home the following day. Waking the following morning, she decides to stay a little longer in Upper Finlay – Alex has very kindly agreed for her to stay in the room above his bookstore in exchange for Daisy helping out.
Daisy knows she is falling for Alex, and he has made it obvious to her that he feels the same. But her home is in London, not Derbyshire. Can she really start over again, and make a life for herself with Alex?
Daisy Does It Herself is such a fun and heart-warming story. The characters are incredibly well-written, especially Daisy – I found myself rooting for her all the way through the book. I would totally recommend it to anyone looking for that cute factor in a book.
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