Friends & Rivals – Tilly Bagshawe

Posted: October 7, 2012 in Review
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Catronia is madly in love with her music promoter husband, Ivan, after 20 years of marriage.  They live an ideal life, Cat and the children in the charming Cotswolds home, Ivan working in London and whizzing down to see them every weekend.  Then Ivan appears on a reality show and leaves Cat for a younger woman.

Ivan is a serial philanderer who loves the ladies and having a stable home life.  Handsome and charming, he’s gone through most of the female stars his business promotes.  Now he’s got the chance to raise his profile by appearing as a judge on a talent show.

Jack is Ivan’s US based partner in their music promotion business.  Still mourning his late wife Sonia, he has never approved of the way Ivan treats Cat, one of his close friends.

Kendall is a former reality star turned pop star with a huge addiction problem and lots of emotional neediness.  She has an immense talent and is hopelessly in love with Jack, her father figure manager.  Until she arrives in London to perform and meets Ivan.

Lex is a friend and employee who Jack’s who is in love with Kendall.  Viewed as only a friend by Kendall, he’s treated to hours of her pouring out her feelings about Jack.   He’s devastated when she meets Ivan.

Ava is Ivan’s protégé on the talent show, an amazing singer and sweet kid.  Ivan is desperate to sign her to the stable of talent he represents.  Then she meets Lex and sparks fly.

A hugely enjoyable story with closely entwined people falling in and out of love with each other, I recommend this book to Jilly Cooper and Fiona Walker fans.  It’s a feel good read that’s perfect for when you want to escape.  A fairly predictable plot but there’s lot of drama and you’re left hoping things turn out right to the very end.   Read it, you won’t be disappointed.

Supplied by HarperCollins

Reviewed by Jan

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