“It’s great to see a chick lit book set in South Africa, with cultural references we can relate to.” Cosmopolitan
Wrapped up in the dreamy world of romance fiction and flushed with the heady heat of a tropical Durban summer, Angie Wilson is having a hard time separating fantasy from reality. Struggling to choose between a hopeless crush on her gorgeous trust fund manager and a blossoming cyber affair with an enigmatic writer, Angie turns to her zany new friends for advice on love and life. But what does she really want?
A light-hearted romantic comedy.
This book was previously published by Oshun as ‘Send and Receive’
I have read Ms Baxter’s historical romance work before, which I though was wonderfully rich with detail of the period with an original story and I am pleased to say that this book is n different. The Truth About Clicking Send and Receive is fresh and equally as original as her historicals, this is one of those books that will keep you glued as you don’t know what will happen on the next page, there are twists and turns that our heroine has to face and endure, a mysterious author hiding behind emails, an unexpected romance and some great secondary character’s.
Set in South Africa – which, I will admit is a whole new setting for romance books for me, but none the less very satiating to read. Angie Wilson unexpectedly inherits a large sum that has been placed into a trust fund for her, one that is looked after by handsome-as-hell trust fund manager who fully believes to be a little too naïve and a bit childish. Once she receives her first payment from her fund she quits her job and moves into a share house so that she can write full time, which is a little harder then she first thinks especially given her housemates. Each of who are as different as people can come!
She sends an email to her favourite author, which something which I have done a few times and I will admit that I could relate to Angie’s apprehension when she first sends it. She is unsure of the response – if any – and she then starts questioning whether sending what is basically a ‘fan letter’ to Vic was the best idea. I have been in that situation myelf and believe me it is a nervous and somewhat daunting feeling pressing that send button, afraid that the author may think your a weirdo – anyway, enough of my babbling 😉 When she receives a reply from author Vic she is ecstatic and is the start of something she never expected.
This is a great coming of age story, Angie is a great, realistic character who a lot of people can relate to in some way. I felt that this whole story wasn’t just about her blossoming romance or her relationship with Vic the author or even about her eclectic housemates this is a story of a woman finding her feet, growing up and making a life for herself in the ‘real’ world.
The writing is wonderfully engaging, the plot in essence is a simple one, but in reality there is far more than that and the characters are amazingly different, each one has his/her own story that you get glimpses of through out. It makes you think about your own relationships, especially those that you have via social media and so on, which in this day and age where we all practically live on Twitter and Facebook that can’t be a bad thing, it opens the eyes. Even though it is a romance, I felt it is far more about Angie’s relationships with others and how she acted.
Over all a thought-provoking and engaging story, one that I highly recommend.
This was a complimentary copy via the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Alissa.
The Truth About Clicking Send and Receive is available at Amazon.