Kelsey Anderson is stuck in a rut so big, she’ll need a 4-wheel drive to get out. She’s just been made redundant from her dead-end job, and boyfriend Fran is so busy climbing up the career ladder that he’s forgotten how to have fun. She needs to change her life – and fast.
Stumbling across an advert for tour guides in Stratford-Upon-Avon seems like the perfect way to bring the sunshine back. In an impulsive move, she moves from her small Scottish village to Shakespeare’s birthplace, armed only with a suitcase and her battered copy of Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
Kelsey quickly falls in love with the place, her job as a tourist guide allowing her to explore every inch of the picture-perfect town, from cosy cafes to the picturesque banks of the river.
But it’s not just the town that captures her heart, as she finds herself torn between the actors Will and Jonathan who both vie for her affections.
But will beautiful Peony, the lead actress at the Oklahoma theatre company where Jonathan is playing Oberon in A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, play a role in keeping Kelsey and Jonathan apart?
Or will flirtatious, charming Will, the fellow tour guide who has set his sights on Kelsey, keep the star-crossed lovers from finding their happy ending?
We are introduced to Kelsey Anderson who loves cameras. She shows up to work to be suddenly let go of. I love how the little book she carries with her everywhere is Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
Her and her boyfriend Fran from the beginning had their problems and do not seem to be communicating at all as they have different paths ahead of them however Kelsey has the right to be a bit annoyed as she is under pressure as she does not know what she wants from life due to her limited choice of jobs and career path.
Just like that, after sending her CV off to what sounds like her dream job even though it’s only for the summer, the morning after she gets the call that she got it and has to be in England within the week, how exciting is that? Going from jobless to the job of your dreams.
I really did not like her boyfriend Fran, you do not spend your other half’s savings that was towards a house deposit on a car for yourself! Talk about being selfish as well as stuck up.
The novel started to remind me of Wild Woman’s Guide To Travelling with the whole tour guide and need to get out of where she currently was.
I loved how she got into her routine, her encounters with Jonathan and Will and just getting into that vibe of being in a new cutesy place, summer feeling, new routine, new career, new people and blending in with the locals, getting the local gossip in theatre world it’s all so artsy and it makes a cute change plus the cute little terrace she had to herself in the mornings and evenings I just wanted to be her for a while.
A quote I enjoyed, “Missing someone who’s right there in the very same town as you, alive and well and just getting on with their life is much worse than missing someone, say on the other side of the world, because if they’re nearby and they still don’t come and see you, then you really know all hope is lost. They simply don’t want you. “
Overall I really enjoyed this novel and the only thing I didn’t really like was that the main character was a bit silly at times for not communicating better with the guys mainly and her best friend thought it’s been okay to cheat whilst in a relationship however, it had a cute happy ending or shall I say start to the main character’s life ahead? The authors notes as well at the end of the novel where insightful as it aligns with her own adventures in Stratford.