Thirty days till she turns thirty… Just thirty dates to find The One…
Bella Edwards is a hot mess.
Days away from turning thirty, single, struggling to reconcile where she is with where she imagined she’d be by this point in her life, Bella has come to believe her entire future happiness is based on meeting ‘The One’.
After an unfortunate encounter with a fortune teller, where it seems Bella’s single fate is sealed, she hops on a plane from London to New York to seek the wisdom of her best friend who, in turn, presents Bella with a challenge: thirty dates in thirty days before Bella turns thirty.
Challenge accepted, Bella embarks on a crazy road trip across America to San Francisco, with one clear objective: to find ‘The One’ and prove the fortune teller wrong. What ensues is a raucous adventure of dating, love, and – mostly importantly – self-discovery.
Title : Thirty
Author : Christina Bradley
Format : Paperback
Page Count : 421
Genre : Contemporary
Publisher : Headline Books
Release Date : August 22, 2019
Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★
Micky’s 4 star review
This is a light, entertaining read with a good dose of fun as the story follows Bella. Bella was trying in her own chaotic way, to prove a fortune teller’s predictions about her chance of a happily ever after…wrong.
Bella immediately came across as a flawed heroine with relatable personality traits. Everything was not together, in fact, the whole premise of this story was built on the tower of cards that had fallen. Bella had amazing inner monologue and banter moments that I found incredibly funny and sometimes endearing.
As Bella traversed geographical travels and different potential men in her goal to find ‘the one’, there was a rich and detailed story. There were many varied side characters. There was also a theme underlying of Bella finding herself, being satisfied with her lot, who she was and the value of friendships. There were also some great romantic moments. This story was definitely more than I expected from the synopsis because whilst this was rom-com territory, there were moments of poignancy and hurt that hit you right in the gut.
This was a generally satisfying read and a great one for a weekend or holiday.
Thank you to Headline Books for the review copy.