Book Review – The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard By Robert Bryndza

First I should declare that I picked this book up as a freebie, not quite sure how or where or when, I don’t recall any interaction with the author until after I was half way through the book but I want to make this clear before I start because you guys know I am always really honest with my reviews even when it has meant criticising my favourite authors, so with that said let’s begin..

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Lets see what Goodreads has to say about the book…

Coco Pinchard was never a single thirty-something. She married young, had a son, and put her dream to be a writer on hold.

Now her first novel is published. Husband Daniel has greyed nicely into a silver fox, and son Rosencrantz is grown up. It should be time to enjoy life.

That is, until the annual family Christmas when her hideous mother-in-law Ethel comes to stay, and Coco opens her gift from Daniel. It’s not the jewellery she chose, but an iPhone. This marks the start of Daniel’s mid-life crisis and she catches him in bed with a younger woman.

The iPhone becomes a confessional of sorts, through emails to her friends Chris, an ageing trustafarian and Marika a slightly alcoholic schoolteacher. Coco documents her seemingly endless (and often entertaining!) run of bad luck.

Then she meets the hunky Adam and she’s back in the world of dating as a single forty-something…

Read the emails that tell the hilarious tale of Coco picking up the pieces, in this fun, feel good Romantic Comedy.

I am forever downloading free books, from friends, from email lists and sometimes just from taking a nosy at the top 100 free ebooks on Amazon.  Many sit on my Kindle and wait, some I read and try to forget they ever existed and occasionally there will be one I deem worth a review.  For anyone new here I always say if I cannot pick as many positives as negatives I will not do a review just to slate a book unless it is by a big author who has committed some terrible sin (that has not happened yet).  I had just read a true crime ebook which I will review at a later date but wanted something fun and easy to read and after scrolling through my Kindle the title for this caught my eye so I decided to give it a go.

I have to be honest I could not put this book down, I loved the format, the way the narrative is mainly composed of text and emails with a little of the traditional story thrown it to pull it all together. I really enjoyed the way this worked but if I had one minor criticism it would be that occasionally it would have been interesting to see a message or email she was responding to or for to at least quote the other persons words back at them once in a while to increase the feeling of dialogue rather than monologue but it is a very minor thing and quite possibly a matter of personal opinion, I am after all naturally nosy and like hearing both sides of a conversation lol.

Let’s be honest this book is not going to win the author Pulitzer prizes or a host of awards but that does not matter, I judge each book on it’s own merits and this is the perfect beach read or for reading in the garden on a sunny weekend with glass of wine in hand.  There are places where it will literally make you laugh out loud (I did on a bus, rather embarrassing when everyone turned round) and it reminds me in many ways of Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series.

So down to the scores… well for a wonderfully witty, fun easy read, 5 out of five stars.

Gold star

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