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 Be careful what you wish for…   Florence Fairfax isn’t lonely. She loves her job at the little bookshop in Chelsea and her cat, Marmalade, keeps her company at night. But everything changes when her stepsister, Mia, announces that she’s engaged to her boring golf-playing boyfriend. That’s when Florence meets Irish love coach, Gwendolyn.   …because you just might get it!   When  Be careful what you wish for…   Florence Fairfax isn’t lonely. She loves her job at the little bookshop in Chelsea and her cat, Marmalade, keeps her company at night. But everything changes when her stepsister, Mia, announces that she’s engaged to her boring golf-playing boyfriend. That’s when Florence meets Irish love coach, Gwendolyn.   …because you just might get it!   When Gwendolyn makes Florence write a wish list describing her perfect man, Florence refuses to take it seriously. Finding someone who likes cats, doesn’t wear pointy shoes and can overlook her ‘counting habit’? Impossible! Until, later that week, a handsome blond man asks for help in the bookshop…   But is Rory the one, or is he simply too good to be true? Florence is about to find out that her criteria for finding Mr Right aren’t as important as she thought – and that perhaps her perfect man has been right there all along…


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 Be careful what you wish for…   Florence Fairfax isn’t lonely. She loves her job at the little bookshop in Chelsea and her cat, Marmalade, keeps her company at night. But everything changes when her stepsister, Mia, announces that she’s engaged to her boring golf-playing boyfriend. That’s when Florence meets Irish love coach, Gwendolyn.   …because you just might get it!   When  Be careful what you wish for…   Florence Fairfax isn’t lonely. She loves her job at the little bookshop in Chelsea and her cat, Marmalade, keeps her company at night. But everything changes when her stepsister, Mia, announces that she’s engaged to her boring golf-playing boyfriend. That’s when Florence meets Irish love coach, Gwendolyn.   …because you just might get it!   When Gwendolyn makes Florence write a wish list describing her perfect man, Florence refuses to take it seriously. Finding someone who likes cats, doesn’t wear pointy shoes and can overlook her ‘counting habit’? Impossible! Until, later that week, a handsome blond man asks for help in the bookshop…   But is Rory the one, or is he simply too good to be true? Florence is about to find out that her criteria for finding Mr Right aren’t as important as she thought – and that perhaps her perfect man has been right there all along…

30 review for The Wish List

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rayne ♥

    2.5 stars I wish I could say I loved this book. I went into this excited and eager to read a fun rom-com that would ease my nerves, but unfortunately, I was let down. The Wish List details the life of an anxious and closed off bookworm who has an obsessive tendency with counting. She’s forced to go to therapy by her parents because of her lack of romantic relationships, and there, THE wish list is born. Soon after, she meets what she presumes is the perfect man for her and further journeys o 2.5 stars I wish I could say I loved this book. I went into this excited and eager to read a fun rom-com that would ease my nerves, but unfortunately, I was let down. The Wish List details the life of an anxious and closed off bookworm who has an obsessive tendency with counting. She’s forced to go to therapy by her parents because of her lack of romantic relationships, and there, THE wish list is born. Soon after, she meets what she presumes is the perfect man for her and further journeys on with the concept of love and relationships in general, while still tackling her work life and bridezilla step-sister. The premise interested me, a wish list and a lonely bookworm who has a strange habit? Sign me up! But the story itself did not deliver. It was very basic and didn’t bring anything new to the table. It just felt like something I’d read a million times before, and it could’ve been done much better. I wish there had been more twists, and that the ones that were included in the story weren’t so expected or easy to guess. By the second chapter, I had already penned what would happen, and it went in the route I though it would. As I write this review, I have already forgotten the love interest’s name, which is always a bad sign for a romance novel, or any novel in general. The character’s were dull and the “romance” was pushed onto the reader with little to no development. There was nothing that held my attention, nor any character I felt attached to or loved/loathed. We never got to know the character’s intentions and they felt very one dimensional. I will say that the author’s writing flowed well and she managed to humour me in some parts of this story. I found the concept of her living in England interesting since most novels I’ve read recently have been set in America, it was nice to see a change in atmosphere. Overall though, this just wasn’t my cup of tea. Thank you to the publisher and edelweiss for providing me with a review copy. All opinions are my own. instagram | goodreads

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Florence is single and her family are desperate for her to find a partner. Her mother pays for her to see Gwendoline a love coach, who advises she writes a wish list of all the requirements she is looking for in a man. Surprisingly soon after along comes Rory to her bookshop with his eccentric clothes and rather snobby attitude. Is Rory Mr right or just Mr right now!! Slowly she begins to see his true self and maybe true love is closer to her than what she thinks. This is such a witty book, it ha Florence is single and her family are desperate for her to find a partner. Her mother pays for her to see Gwendoline a love coach, who advises she writes a wish list of all the requirements she is looking for in a man. Surprisingly soon after along comes Rory to her bookshop with his eccentric clothes and rather snobby attitude. Is Rory Mr right or just Mr right now!! Slowly she begins to see his true self and maybe true love is closer to her than what she thinks. This is such a witty book, it had me laughing and crying. Let’s just say “Cowabunga” and I cannot stop laughing!!! This is the first book I’ve read from this author but will definitely not be my last. Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    When I picked up The Wish List I was in need of a light, fun read. I certainly got that with this one. Having enjoyed previous books by Sophia Money-Coutts I was looking forward to a laugh. I guessed how the story was going to go quite early on and it took me a little while to warm to our main character Flo. In saying that, it was a fun and easy read, exactly what I needed. Florence Fairfax works in a bookshop in Chelsea and loves with her step sisters and cat Marmalade. She reminded me of Nina H When I picked up The Wish List I was in need of a light, fun read. I certainly got that with this one. Having enjoyed previous books by Sophia Money-Coutts I was looking forward to a laugh. I guessed how the story was going to go quite early on and it took me a little while to warm to our main character Flo. In saying that, it was a fun and easy read, exactly what I needed. Florence Fairfax works in a bookshop in Chelsea and loves with her step sisters and cat Marmalade. She reminded me of Nina Hill only an English version. She is happy in her life but she has never had a steady boyfriend and her family are on her back about it. She meets with a love coach against her better judgement and this is where the Wish List comes in. She has to write a list describing her perfect man. She dismisses it until a few days later Rory walks into the bookshop - and fulfils quite a lot of her criteria. But is it too easy, too good to be true? Thanks to Harper Collins Books Australia for my advanced copy of this book to read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jazz Webb

    Review will be published on the girly bookclub website in a few weeks time All in all its a funny feel good romcom!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]

    ⤅ 2.5 stars, rounded up for being quite funny in places. I quite enjoyed Money-Coutts's debut, The Plus One, because it was kind of like the modern-day version of a historical romance. There's even a duke's heir wandering around. But I didn't enjoy it so much I wanted to read basically the same story with slightly different characters, which is what The Wish List is. Our heroine Florence is the daughter of a British ambassador who works in a Chelsea bookshop. She's never had a boyfriend, and h ⤅ 2.5 stars, rounded up for being quite funny in places. I quite enjoyed Money-Coutts's debut, The Plus One, because it was kind of like the modern-day version of a historical romance. There's even a duke's heir wandering around. But I didn't enjoy it so much I wanted to read basically the same story with slightly different characters, which is what The Wish List is. Our heroine Florence is the daughter of a British ambassador who works in a Chelsea bookshop. She's never had a boyfriend, and her lack of experience is grating on her, especially as her half-sister Mia is about to be married and her other half-sister Ruby has had a string of boyfriends. (The latest one is the aforementioned duke's heir). Her stepmother Patricia ends up forcing her to go a bunch of sessions with a love coach named Gwendolyn, who makes Florence write down the list of attributes she wants in a man. Wonder of wonders, who should come into the bookshop the next day but Rory, a civil servant and rising politician who seems to tick every box... Florence is smitten, even if her co-worker Zach is less impressed. And thus arises the first problem in this book: there's an excruciating love triangle. Excruciating because neither of the heroes are at all likeable or personable. In fact, Florence has zero chemistry with either of them. The sex scenes, basically all of which were with the wrong hero, are okay but left me cold. Money-Coutts also uses the same strategy to resolve the love triangle she used in Book 1, where one hero is shown to be a cheating lout. This just makes things way too simple for her heroines and saves them from any degree of emotional conflict. I didn't like Zach or Rory, but I did like Florence. She's pretty sweet, and her severe OCD fleshes out her character away from the blandness it sometimes threatens to fall into. Also, she's funny. The best thing about this book is by far the humour, in many cases very distinctively British. As a British person who mostly reads American-authored chick lit (even my ARC of the last Sophie Kinsella was provided by her American publisher rather than her British one!) it was like a breath of fresh air. Sadly, I skim-read many pages at the end, and reading the whole book felt like deja vu because all I could think of was the similarities to The Plus One. If there had been a bit more originality, I would have enjoyed it a lot more. [Blog]

  6. 5 out of 5

    Fay Flude

    Meet Florence, working in a Chelsea bookshop called Frisbee Books with Norris 'if you need anything give me a shout' shop owner, and gay wanna-be but mostly unemployed actor Eugene. Flo's life is sedate and, without a boyfriend, Florence showers all her love on cat Marmalade, and rigidly makes sure routines are in place that cannot be deviated from. Cheese and tomato sandwiches cannot leak their pips into her rucksack and she has many self imposed rules that make life quite a trial. Her game, Co Meet Florence, working in a Chelsea bookshop called Frisbee Books with Norris 'if you need anything give me a shout' shop owner, and gay wanna-be but mostly unemployed actor Eugene. Flo's life is sedate and, without a boyfriend, Florence showers all her love on cat Marmalade, and rigidly makes sure routines are in place that cannot be deviated from. Cheese and tomato sandwiches cannot leak their pips into her rucksack and she has many self imposed rules that make life quite a trial. Her game, Consequences means that if a certain coloured car follows another certain coloured car then the day will be bad and of course there is the Counting too. Odd numbers spell disaster. In a bid to control her life Florence counts lots of things and even numbers are reassuring. Whether this is due to losing her Mum at an early age, her Dad re-marrying and working as a diplomat abroad, or the connection between half sisters Ruby and Mia which Florence seems not to be a part of, or even the shallow, appearance obsessed step mother Patricia, it is hard to say. In reality obsessive compulsive behaviours can be so damaging and invasive, destroying relationships and people's ability to function, but in this novel, The Wish List, they are a quirky part of Florence's personality which just makes her more likeable and more of an interesting character. This book IS hilarious. Gwendolyn Glossop the love coach on Harley Street is incredibly funny and responsible for Florence creating a wish list of attributes she would like a potential boyfriend to possess. Florence doesn't believe in the madness at all but then she meets Rory (the Tory). The dialogue is laugh-out-loud, the sex scenes laugh-out-loud and the whole book just makes you feel good! The characters are incredibly well written and enjoyable to get to know and the plot is not sacrificed to humour. The two go hand in hand. Florence is not only seeking a love life, she is also involved in a campaign to save Frisbee Books. At the helm of the project is Norris's nephew Zach and with the help of the tiny band of workers, we are treated to an Instagram poet event, the Chelsea Pensioners choir at a Christmas event and the petition signing outside of the bookshop. Throw in friends from support group NOMAD (no more anxiety disorders) a wedding that has been planned to death and an uncontrollable pug and you have a delightful, zany, silly, funny, happy, marvellous read. Guaranteed to chase away any black clouds lurking over your head, pick up this book for the best medicine in life - laughter. Cowabungaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! (You'll have to read the book to find out what that means!)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    This was such a fun and lighthearted rom com and just so enjoyable. Florence Fairfax hasn't been a relationship ever really but she isn't lonely. She has her cat, her job at the bookshop and her step sisters Mia and Ruby, that she lives with, to keep her company. This being the case, her step-mother forces her to go and see the love coach, Gwendolyn, and she writes her wish list for a man. Not too long after, Rory comes into her life and he seems just perfect, but is he 'the one'. A romantic com This was such a fun and lighthearted rom com and just so enjoyable. Florence Fairfax hasn't been a relationship ever really but she isn't lonely. She has her cat, her job at the bookshop and her step sisters Mia and Ruby, that she lives with, to keep her company. This being the case, her step-mother forces her to go and see the love coach, Gwendolyn, and she writes her wish list for a man. Not too long after, Rory comes into her life and he seems just perfect, but is he 'the one'. A romantic comedy follows, filled with lots of laughs and this was such a fun escape. While I did guess the direction the story would take not too far into it, I didn't mind, as it was so enjoyable.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Neil

    I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. This is a wonderful story with the characters making you smile. It just rolled along and was finished far too soon. A great holiday read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melanie’s reads

    A bookshop and a cat meant I was sold on this book already. Add to that a protagonist who like me is quite happy with just those in her life, then throw in a dysfunctional family, a love coach and some witty and cutting remarks and it’s like an ice cream sundae with not only a cherry on top but chocolate sprinkles too. This is an easy light hearted book with not only fun characters and plot but some great one liners and literary references. I loved it when Florence described herself as wanting to A bookshop and a cat meant I was sold on this book already. Add to that a protagonist who like me is quite happy with just those in her life, then throw in a dysfunctional family, a love coach and some witty and cutting remarks and it’s like an ice cream sundae with not only a cherry on top but chocolate sprinkles too. This is an easy light hearted book with not only fun characters and plot but some great one liners and literary references. I loved it when Florence described herself as wanting to be as alluring as Scarlett O’Hara with the sassy intelligence of Jo March and the porcelain delicacy of Daisy Buchanan but in reality was more like Miss Havisham. As a lover of cheesy Hallmark movies this had the expected plot lines of one of their good rom coms and I definitely pictured Lacey Chabert as Florence sat at the table counting her chips.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anika | Chapters of May

    I really want to love this book. But it disappointed me! The idea of an unlucky-in-love bookworm, with a pet cat, and two barmy half-sisters sounds like a recipe for hilarity. However, I cringed more than I laughed, which isn’t a good sign. A one-star rating for The Wish List would be too harsh, because it wasn’t a bad book. But sadly, it just didn’t make me smile as much as I had hoped. The book follows the life of Florence, who finds comfort in routine, order, and even numbers. Constant control I really want to love this book. But it disappointed me! The idea of an unlucky-in-love bookworm, with a pet cat, and two barmy half-sisters sounds like a recipe for hilarity. However, I cringed more than I laughed, which isn’t a good sign. A one-star rating for The Wish List would be too harsh, because it wasn’t a bad book. But sadly, it just didn’t make me smile as much as I had hoped. The book follows the life of Florence, who finds comfort in routine, order, and even numbers. Constant control makes her feel safe. She obsessively counts anything and everything to keep her anxiety at ease. And it has to be even numbers. People, miles, stairs, chairs, chips, keyboard keys, cars, minutes, steps and so on. However, I expected Florence’s counting to play a much bigger role in her day-to-day life. It felt important in some chapters and non-existent in others. I love the premise of The Wish List. Any book that fits the coming-of-age narrative is usually a very charming one. I really like the fact that Florence’s dream man appears the moment she completes her list. It sets the tale up for a really gratifying journey. Plus, Sophia Money-Coutts has a friendly and inviting tone to her writing that makes it very easy to absorb. Tragically, The Wish List is very predictable. Sometimes that’s a good thing, it can add a level of comfort to chick lit reads. But in this case, it pushed me to want to find the ending and move on. The biggest loss for me in this book is the characters. I can’t remember any of their names. None of them stood out to me as overly likeable, so there was no inclination to really invest in their lives. The characters I didn’t like ruined every chapter they appeared in. And sadly, Florence’s personality fell flat. The book is told from her point of view, and I expected a little more charisma. The romance also felt stale. I would have really liked to experience a refreshing journey between two people in this contemporary novel, but I never found that. Another struggle for me is the pacing of this book. It has a very relaxed start, the reader is introduced to the concept of a wish list straight away. Then the narrative slows to the point of me wanting to skip ahead. While some of Florence’s misadventures are entertaining, a couple of chapters didn’t seem that valuable to the overall story. Then the ending seemed to appear and disappear way too quickly to be fully appreciated. When it comes to books like this, happy endings can be the best part, and I feel like this wasn’t taken advantage of. While The Wish List is a light summer read, it lacks the entertainment factor that holds my attention. The author’s voice has a likeable warmth, but the romance and characters let this read down. For more book reviews and posts, check out my blog or follow along on Instagram 📚✨

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tilly

    3.5 stars If I was to sum up this book in one word it would be BONKERS. At the start I wasnt sure I was going to be able to get through the whole book. It is pretty long for a chick lit/romance book and I was bombarded with all of the cliches and stereotypes of rich people from the word go. The characters were OTT so I wasn't sure if it would be for me and dearly DNFed after 15% of the book. However I am really glad I persevered! Florence the lead character is early 30's, seems to suffer from some 3.5 stars If I was to sum up this book in one word it would be BONKERS. At the start I wasnt sure I was going to be able to get through the whole book. It is pretty long for a chick lit/romance book and I was bombarded with all of the cliches and stereotypes of rich people from the word go. The characters were OTT so I wasn't sure if it would be for me and dearly DNFed after 15% of the book. However I am really glad I persevered! Florence the lead character is early 30's, seems to suffer from some kind of undiagnosed OCD and who I would compare to be like Eleanor Oliphant. Her character development was an absolute joy in this book. The side characters were crazy. Most of them rich, posh and eccentric. It was VERY full on but I grew to enjoy the characters with time. I think you kist have to enjoy it for what it is rather than wish it was a little less manic. The characters that work with florence in the bookshop and her best friend were an absolute joy and made it all a bit more sane! The storyline was pretty good and although it was pretty clear what would happen, I still loved the journey to it. This book made me laugh! Many times out loud which books rarely do. It had some cracking humour and just the ridiculousness of many parts added to it. The writing was good as well and it was pretty fast paced. Overall, this book isn't outstanding but it is a decent story and a good laugh so if you are up for something fun, give it a go! Please note that I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    4.5 This was exactly what I was hoping for, witty, funny and with an engaging cast of characters, I really enjoyed escaping into this one. Florence is an introvert and an obsessive compulsive 'counter', trapped in a routine and living with her two step sisters and family who she feels kind of separate from. She's never had a boyfriend and so after visiting a very odd therapist type woman/witch character she writes a very specific list of requirements for her ideal man. The therapist's involvement 4.5 This was exactly what I was hoping for, witty, funny and with an engaging cast of characters, I really enjoyed escaping into this one. Florence is an introvert and an obsessive compulsive 'counter', trapped in a routine and living with her two step sisters and family who she feels kind of separate from. She's never had a boyfriend and so after visiting a very odd therapist type woman/witch character she writes a very specific list of requirements for her ideal man. The therapist's involvement was the only thing that didn't really work for me; that part of the story was bordering on the paranormal, my eyes were rolling. I would have preferred Florence to have her epiphany without the mad therapist getting involved. But that's just me. Apart from that this was warm, sweet and uplifting, just the thing to escape into. Complete story, recommended. **Thanks to the publisher via netgalley for the arc.**

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    Florence Fairfax is quite happy working in a bookshop, living wit her two half sisters & her cat. Unfortunately her step mother & sisters can't accept that she can be happy without a boyfriend & arrange for her to see a love coach (I doubt if that was her proper title but I can't remember what it was?) She gets her to write a wish list for a Prince Charming. Soon along comes Rory the Tory who seems exactly what she wants-or is it? With slight Cinderella overtones (although the Step Mother & siste Florence Fairfax is quite happy working in a bookshop, living wit her two half sisters & her cat. Unfortunately her step mother & sisters can't accept that she can be happy without a boyfriend & arrange for her to see a love coach (I doubt if that was her proper title but I can't remember what it was?) She gets her to write a wish list for a Prince Charming. Soon along comes Rory the Tory who seems exactly what she wants-or is it? With slight Cinderella overtones (although the Step Mother & sisters are really quite nice, even if they are annoying!) this was a fun undemanding read. It had some great characters & some laugh out loud moments. Thanks to Netgalley & the publisher for letting me read & review this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Thank you to NetGalley for gifting me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. The Wish List is the story of Florence Fairfax. She works in a bookshop and is looking for the one. Always unlucky in love whilst her sisters were loved up and getting married. Until she meets Rory.........but does he meet all of the requirements on Florence’s Wish List? I loved this book. I have never read a book by this author before but I have already looked up some of her other books to add to my reading list. The Thank you to NetGalley for gifting me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. The Wish List is the story of Florence Fairfax. She works in a bookshop and is looking for the one. Always unlucky in love whilst her sisters were loved up and getting married. Until she meets Rory.........but does he meet all of the requirements on Florence’s Wish List? I loved this book. I have never read a book by this author before but I have already looked up some of her other books to add to my reading list. The story had me hooked from the beginning and it gave me every emotion from anger to crying (when you read the book, and I recommend you do, you will know which bit made me cry!) I will definitely be reading more books by Sophie Money-Coutts and I will never be able to hear the word “Cowabunga” again without chucking to myself!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Full of heart, laugh-out-loud & so oh binge-worthy! This novel was so addictive honestly couldn't put this down, its the humour is pitch-perfect. The 'cowbunga' moment had me in absolute stitches, even now writing this I'm chuckling about it. Money-Coutts writing style is so effortless and engaging, it is reminiscent of Marian Keyes. I whole-heartedly recommend for anyone looking for an uplifting read filled with laughter. I for one absolutely cannot wait for her next book! A huge thanks to HQ Stor Full of heart, laugh-out-loud & so oh binge-worthy! This novel was so addictive honestly couldn't put this down, its the humour is pitch-perfect. The 'cowbunga' moment had me in absolute stitches, even now writing this I'm chuckling about it. Money-Coutts writing style is so effortless and engaging, it is reminiscent of Marian Keyes. I whole-heartedly recommend for anyone looking for an uplifting read filled with laughter. I for one absolutely cannot wait for her next book! A huge thanks to HQ Stories & NetGalley for sending me a copy in return for an open & honest review. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bookclubforme

    Florence Fairfax has never had a boyfriend, sure she's had a few one night stands but no actual commitment. She's perfectly happy with her life, working in a bookshop (the dream) and not straying to far from routine and her cat Marmalade.. 🐈 But with her stepsister annoucing she's engaged it soon highlights Flo's very single status and her stepmother sets her up with an eccentric love coach, Gwendolyn. When Gwendolyn makes Flo write a "wish list" describing her perfect man, Flo thinks she is craz Florence Fairfax has never had a boyfriend, sure she's had a few one night stands but no actual commitment. She's perfectly happy with her life, working in a bookshop (the dream) and not straying to far from routine and her cat Marmalade.. 🐈 But with her stepsister annoucing she's engaged it soon highlights Flo's very single status and her stepmother sets her up with an eccentric love coach, Gwendolyn. When Gwendolyn makes Flo write a "wish list" describing her perfect man, Flo thinks she is crazy, the universe won't give her what she wants just because she writes a list.. or will it? Enter Rory, a guy who seems to tick every box on Flo's list and just so happens to walk into her bookshop... Guys I have to start with one word: 𝘊𝘖𝘞𝘈𝘉𝘜𝘕𝘎𝘈𝘈𝘈𝘈! That won't make much sense if you haven't read The Wish List but I needed to get it off my chest and it really is one, of many reasons, why you should read this book.. IT IS HILARIOUS! I LOVE a rom-com, give me romance in bookshops and I'm there. This book was completely binge-worthy. The characters were all brilliant (rare) and the storyline was fab, with there being many laugh out loud moments. Honestly, at various points in the book I had to stop to have a good giggle! We all love to root for an awkward yet loveable protagonist and Florence will definitely have you on her side, after a few chapters. I find with rom-coms, that they either work or they're a disaster and The Wish List is definitely the first! Was it cringey at times? Of course but that's what made me love it. Would recommend!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bookgyrl

    Florence is 32, lives with her two half-sisters in her parental home and with her cat, Marmalade. She works in a bookshop and is rather content with her life until her family (her stepmom in particular) start bothering her about her love-life and pays for a 'love-coach' (at Harley Street no less). There Florence makes a list for a suitable life partner. But is that list what is going to make her happy? I enjoyed the writing style and the setting. It is more chick-lit than romance (not in a negati Florence is 32, lives with her two half-sisters in her parental home and with her cat, Marmalade. She works in a bookshop and is rather content with her life until her family (her stepmom in particular) start bothering her about her love-life and pays for a 'love-coach' (at Harley Street no less). There Florence makes a list for a suitable life partner. But is that list what is going to make her happy? I enjoyed the writing style and the setting. It is more chick-lit than romance (not in a negative way). It gave me a few hours of reading pleasure. *** I want to thank Netgalley and the publisher for granting me an ARC and this is my honest and voluntary review. ***

  18. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC. I really enjoyed this book! It's addictive, funny, and was a very quick read for me. Florence was a joy to read and I loved her relationship with her sisters and colleagues. The character development throughout the story was excellent, seeing Florence learn and gain confidence made me so happy. Such an enjoyable read! Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC. I really enjoyed this book! It's addictive, funny, and was a very quick read for me. Florence was a joy to read and I loved her relationship with her sisters and colleagues. The character development throughout the story was excellent, seeing Florence learn and gain confidence made me so happy. Such an enjoyable read!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anna Larson

    Mom, if you are reading this update, this book was recommended in Hello! and they end up in Patagonia so I'm taking this as a double sign! xxx Mom, if you are reading this update, this book was recommended in Hello! and they end up in Patagonia so I'm taking this as a double sign! xxx

  20. 4 out of 5

    Aoife

    Apologies to Sophia, but having heard (view spoiler)[the cat dies in this book (hide spoiler)] I'm gonna have to nope out of this one. I'm not ready to read that. Apologies to Sophia, but having heard (view spoiler)[the cat dies in this book (hide spoiler)] I'm gonna have to nope out of this one. I'm not ready to read that.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dani Beggs

    This book made me Laugh out loud one minute and cry the next love it tho

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alison Smith

    Such fun! a light romance read. Highly enjoyable. For my full review please go to http://thebooksmithblog.wordpress.com Such fun! a light romance read. Highly enjoyable. For my full review please go to http://thebooksmithblog.wordpress.com

  23. 4 out of 5

    Henriette S

    I always, always read Sophia Money-Coutts' column when I pick up a copy of the Evening Standard, so I was thrilled to get my fingers on her latest novel in return for a review. When I requested it, I didn't even know the book also features multiple reference to Shakespeare and the Greek myths, cats, ice skating, bookshops, and a lot of alcohol and coffee (seriously, the heroine is hungover at a rate I don't even remember from uni), which are all topics right up my various alleys. The book in the I always, always read Sophia Money-Coutts' column when I pick up a copy of the Evening Standard, so I was thrilled to get my fingers on her latest novel in return for a review. When I requested it, I didn't even know the book also features multiple reference to Shakespeare and the Greek myths, cats, ice skating, bookshops, and a lot of alcohol and coffee (seriously, the heroine is hungover at a rate I don't even remember from uni), which are all topics right up my various alleys. The book in the end wasn't really, though. You could say it's a Cinderella retelling, but I don't want to say with a twist because at the end of the day, it is still a romance novel, and if you've ever read a romance novel before then you, too, will know how this once is going to end from about 50 pages in, and you, too, will wince a little at the sections of "sincere sentences said by characters in love who don't know it yet." (Actually, I don't know if you will also wince. I have a very low wince-tolerance.) The reason I'll always be happy to read anything by Sophia Money-Coutts is because she has a very engaging style of writing, she creates characters that are tropey but usually quite fun. This book is a nice escape on a gloomy day. But I seriously, seriously cannot give this book more than two stars because (view spoiler)[THE CAT DIES 😱 (hide spoiler)] .

  24. 4 out of 5

    Taegen

    This was pretty great. I wasn't convinced early on but the cast of characters is awesome and the more I read, the more I loved them. (Well, most of them) Florence works in a bookstore and loves her cat (swoon) her half sisters are fantastic, her stepmum is a loon, Jaz and the bookstore crew, I just want to hug- they are so amazing! Rory is a complete tosser and Zach... well, if only we could all find ourselves a Zach. I laughed, I cried; it was quite the all rounder! ps. MARMALADE 🖤 This was pretty great. I wasn't convinced early on but the cast of characters is awesome and the more I read, the more I loved them. (Well, most of them) Florence works in a bookstore and loves her cat (swoon) her half sisters are fantastic, her stepmum is a loon, Jaz and the bookstore crew, I just want to hug- they are so amazing! Rory is a complete tosser and Zach... well, if only we could all find ourselves a Zach. I laughed, I cried; it was quite the all rounder! ps. MARMALADE 🖤

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alex (Gadget Girl 71)

    This book is absolutely hilarious, I’ve never laughed at a book as much as I did with this one. If you need a good laugh then I would really recommend this book. I’ve not read any books before by this author, but I will definitely be looking in to what else she has written. If your ever tempted to make a wish list for the perfect man, then you’ll either never find him or he’s been right under your nose all the time and may not tick all of the boxes. 32 year old Florence Fairfax (Flo) had only ever This book is absolutely hilarious, I’ve never laughed at a book as much as I did with this one. If you need a good laugh then I would really recommend this book. I’ve not read any books before by this author, but I will definitely be looking in to what else she has written. If your ever tempted to make a wish list for the perfect man, then you’ll either never find him or he’s been right under your nose all the time and may not tick all of the boxes. 32 year old Florence Fairfax (Flo) had only ever had one short relationship while at university and has basically been single ever since, apart from the odd one night stand. She lives in the family home with her two half sisters. Their mother her step mother moved out a few years ago into a more upmarket South Kensington post code. Where she lives by herself unless her diplomat husband Henry Fairfax is home for a visit. Henry is an Ambassador in Argentina, so he isn’t home very often. Flo’s bedroom is in the converted attic, when her first stepsister Ruby was born her bedroom was moved up on to the next floor. Then when her second sister Mia was born they were all moved up another floor. Even though she loves her sisters dearly she sometimes feels alone and left out. As they have a connection with each other that she doesn’t have with either of them. Flo works in an old fashioned book shop called “Frisbee Books” in Chelsea. Which is owned by Norris. The book shop was passed on to him from a relative. She also works along side Eugene who’s main passion is acting, but with him not landing many parts he sustains his living expenses by working in the shop. One day Norris storms into the shop making an announcement that the landlord is yet again putting up the shops rent. Meaning he may have no other choice but to close the shop. So after a bad day at work with Norris’ news, the last thing Flo wants to do is go to the family meal at Claridge’s. Except she has no choice in the matter it’s to celebrate the engagement and the up and coming nuptials, of Mia and her boring fiance. Mia is the youngest sister and the wedding is in four months time. Even though they only recently got engaged, she wants a winter wedding as its more chic to have a winter wedding. At the family meal Flo’s step mother uses it as an excuse to grill her about her lack of boyfriends, and how she’s worried that she’ll never meet anyone or get married. So she suggests that she goes to see Gwendolyn a Love Coach/Guru that she read about in a posh magazine. To try and entice her a bit more she tells her that her practice in on Harley Street. The next morning it’s Flo’s turn to open the book shop, except when she gets there the shop has already been opened. When she walks in she finds that some books have been knocked over. That something has been spilt all over the floor and there is a motor bike helmet on the counter. She shouts out to see who is there, but no one answers. Until a stranger comes up from the cellar rooms with a mop and bucket. Flo isn’t in a great mood after last nights family meal and this strange man rubs her up the wrong way. It turns out that he is Norris’ nephew Stephen. Without telling anyone Norris has recruited him in an attempt save the book shop. Stephen is there to set up a new website for the shop along with other social media platforms. All the things Flo has been pestering Norris to let her do. So Flo feels some annoyance and resentment towards Stephen, so she tries to keep well out of his way. That same morning her step mother rings her at work to tell her that she has made an appointment with Gwendolyn the Love Coach/Guru. Yet again Flo has no other choice but to go. As Flo gets to the office for the Love Coach/Guru on Harley Street the office isn’t what she expected, and Gwendolyn isn’t what she expected either. She was dressed purple dungarees and green crocs which clashed with the consulting room as it was awash of salmon pink. Everything from the walls to the couch and curtains was salmon pink. Gwendolyn asked Flo a few questions after which she set her a task of making a kind of shopping list of what she wanted in a man. After about twenty minutes she’d managed to write a list. Just as she thought she was able to escape, Gwendolyn made Flo lie down on the couch. Telling her to close her eyes while she did a quick spell that would make her more open to love. A few days later after her encounter with Gwendolyn, a striking looking man walks into the book shop. His mother is one of the shops regulars and finds out that he is called Rory Dundee. This is the type of man Flo thought she should be dating. A few moments after he left he walked back in and ask if she would go out on a date with him. Was this the man she had always longed for? Flo’s family and friends all loved Rory all except Stephen that is, and he makes it known that he doesn’t like or approve of him any chance he gets. Which gets Flo’s back up even more and which also starts to put doubts in her mind. Will Flo come to her senses and realise that she is with the wrong man? As I’ve already said this is really really funny book and a great rom com, great for a cosy night in on a winters evening.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Kerdouci

    Florence Fairfax, thirty something, has never had a boyfriend and for the most part that suits her just fine. Living with her two half sisters Ruby and Mia, this quirky character loves routine. Her never changing daily lunch of a cheese and tomato sandwich plus her compulsion to count (odd numbers and passing the wrong colour car definitely mean she’s in for a bad day) makes her instantly likeable. Many of us have our own coping mechanisms to deal with the chaos of life and Florence’s need to co Florence Fairfax, thirty something, has never had a boyfriend and for the most part that suits her just fine. Living with her two half sisters Ruby and Mia, this quirky character loves routine. Her never changing daily lunch of a cheese and tomato sandwich plus her compulsion to count (odd numbers and passing the wrong colour car definitely mean she’s in for a bad day) makes her instantly likeable. Many of us have our own coping mechanisms to deal with the chaos of life and Florence’s need to count stems from losing her mother at a very young age. Working in Chelsea bookshop Frisbee and going home to beloved cat Marmalade,spending her evenings in bed with a good book keeps Florence firmly within her comfort zone. However, meddling stepmother Patricia has other ideas. With Mia’s impending marriage to the oh so boring golf playing Hugo, Patricia believes Florence is overdue her own chance of love and happiness so wastes no time in booking the help of esteemed love coach Gwendolyn. Florence reluctantly does at least humour her stepmother by visiting the Harley Street magic maker with encounters that are hilarious and completely bonkers. Can drawing up a wish list of attributes that Florence will find desirable in a man be the answer to falling in love?? It’s immediately after her first session with Gwendolyn that miraculously Florence crosses paths with Rory the Tory and she embarks on her first romantic relationship. Can falling in love really be that easy and follow such a specific list or is falling in love more complicated and messy?? There are two strands running through this novel; how to save and increase the profile of the bookshop and the discovery that love may not be found amongst a long list of likes and dislikes, rather there needs to be that elusive magic ingredient in a relationship to make you fall head over heels. Both kept me entertained from start to finish. This is such an uncomplicated,delightful,easy to read piece of escapism that is guaranteed to make you laugh. There’s also great friendship, a few touching moments and of course a dash of romance. I loved every single character from the Fairfax family en masse to Jaz and Dunc from the Nomad group, the utterly bonkers love coach Gwendolyn and even Rory the Tory! The bookstore staff comprising Norris and Eugene are the perfect colleagues for Florence, so accepting of her little foibles and of course there’s Zach, a fine example of a romantic hero. What’s not to like??? Reading The Wish List was a joy, another first class offering from this author who has found the winning combination with an endearing lead character who also happens to work in a bookshop. Just thinking of days spent amongst the bookshelves made me feel quite envious of Florence as that would be my idea of heaven. The narrative is upbeat, funny and full of frivolity. Every page is infused with sunshine so I couldn’t find fault with the storyline at all and by the end I felt like I’d been injected with a much needed dose of happiness. I practically inhaled every word. It’s unusual for me to give a 5 star review for a book of this genre but on this occasion it’s totally deserved. I felt immeasurably happier having welcomed these characters into my life for a few hours. Note to author: I would love a follow up to this novel as I think there’s more mileage left in the lives of the Fairfax family!! My thanks as always to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read. This novel truly brightened my day.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Florence Fairfax is perfectly happy being single, thank you. Her days are more than taken up with the job that she loves at a tiny bookshop in Chelsea, and at night...well she can always cuddle up to her favourite gentleman, Marmalade the cat. But when Florence's younger half-sister announces that she is getting married to the incredibly dull Hugo, her singledom becomes a matter for debate among her family and they arrange for her to pay a visit to the eccentric love guru Gwendolyn. Gwendolyn gets Florence Fairfax is perfectly happy being single, thank you. Her days are more than taken up with the job that she loves at a tiny bookshop in Chelsea, and at night...well she can always cuddle up to her favourite gentleman, Marmalade the cat. But when Florence's younger half-sister announces that she is getting married to the incredibly dull Hugo, her singledom becomes a matter for debate among her family and they arrange for her to pay a visit to the eccentric love guru Gwendolyn. Gwendolyn gets Florence to write a list of everything she is looking for in a man, and after some hastily mumbled incantations, she sends her out into the world with the assurance that she will now be able to find love. Lo and behold, an eligible bachelor drops into Florence's lap later that same week, in the form of the handsome, and frightfully posh, aspiring politician Rory - who appears to have all the attributes she has written on her wish list. But is he really 'The One', or has she been looking in all the wrong places...and for the wrong sort of 'Mr Right'? ********************************************************************** I love Sophia Money-Coutts' books. They never fail to make me laugh and cry in equal measure, with just the right amount of 'hot under the collar' naughtiness thrown in! So I was really looking forward to immersing myself in Sophia's third rom-com, The Wish List, and what an absolute joy it was! Florence Fairfax makes for a winning heroine, with insecurities that make you want to pick her up and give her a big hug. After losing her mother at a young age and being saddled with a social climbing step-mother, and two half-sisters who are very close to each other, she has always felt a bit of an outsider. Florence relies on routine and her counting habit for reassurance, and this might make her seem a bit weird to those who don't know her well, but she has her heart firmly in the right place, and although she is not desperate to have a man in her life, she is not averse to meeting Mr Right as it might be rather nice to finally have a boyfriend. Forced to confront her single state, Florence finds herself with love on the horizon in the form of a man who seems to tick all the boxes on her wish list, but is is not as easy negotiating a relationship as she thought, even if the sex is a revelation, when she is barely coping with the impending wedding of the year, trying to save the beloved bookshop where she works, and juggling friends and family. How can she tell if Rory is really the man she has been looking for, or even the man she actually needs? Well, suffice to say, Florence's search for true love does not run smooth, and to be honest the other parts of her life are a bit chaotic too, but it was absolutely lovely to be along for the ride as all the threads of the story work out to their various hilarious, romantic and 'fist-pumpingly' gorgeous conclusions. This is another winner from the pen of Sophia Money-Coutts, with a fabulous cast of characters drawn from the posher parts of society, mixed deftly in with us more ordinary mortals, in the way that she has made her own. I am always seeing Sophia vaunted as the new Jilly Cooper, but for me, her books are so much more heart-felt and funny, which makes them such a tonic for the soul.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Josja

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I held out hope that this book would be great. It's got all the elements: a slightly awkward main character in search for love, a cute bookshop in need of saving, two ravishingly handsome men fighting for the attentions of our heroin. Alas, I was disappointed. To fill you in if you haven't read a summary by now, Florence, our main woman, lives a quiet life. She enjoys reading and counting, and loves her cat very much. Her stepmom, however, thinks something is still missing and makes her an appoin I held out hope that this book would be great. It's got all the elements: a slightly awkward main character in search for love, a cute bookshop in need of saving, two ravishingly handsome men fighting for the attentions of our heroin. Alas, I was disappointed. To fill you in if you haven't read a summary by now, Florence, our main woman, lives a quiet life. She enjoys reading and counting, and loves her cat very much. Her stepmom, however, thinks something is still missing and makes her an appointment with a love coach. This coach instructs her to ask the universe for what she wants by making a list of attributes Flos wishes to find in her future parter. Could it really be that she meets this man, so soon after (begrudgingly) making her list? Well, if that's not promising. And that isn't even all! Besides all this, we get a mysterious man turning up at the bookshop who's come to help out, a manuscript of Florence's unpublished book and Florence's two sisters, each with their own love life. My problem is, the main premise of the book is just soooo weakly held together. The title is literally, "The Wish List", but instead of building the list up, making it have credibility and maybe disappointing in the end (or maybe even not?? wild!), we get a very meek introduction to the love coach and some small references to the list, and then at the end, that's the """"meaningful lesson""" we should learn here, do not make a list. You can't just make a list and expect to meet the guy on that list and have it be perfect. Well, gosh darn, you can't??? Wow. I would've never guessed. On top of that the men are such caricatures. Successful politician Rory turns out to be a dick (of COURSE) and sensitive photographer Zack is actually the one (WELL DUH.). Sophia does this to many supporting characters actually, such as Rory's dad, the shop owner, Florence's stepmom, and the instagram poet. It's such a shame because some of the other the supporting elements are really well thought out, if you ask me. Florence is a very relatable, real-feeling character that has some quirks that don't take over the whole story which I personally like to see. We get some real insight into her relationship with her family. We get her job being the bookshop and an ambition that does't take over from that, the bookshop can be enough. I could go on but you get it, I think. All in all, still an enjoyable read, just don't expect fireworks. PS. Which English lit student does not have the most RUDIMENTARY knowledge of the Greek classics?? Please. That was really dumb.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    1.5 stars I disliked this book. A lot. From the synopsis, I thought this was going to be a cute romance between a girl who works at a bookshop and a guy who is the perfect match to 'the wish list' that she wrote at the beginning of the book. But that is not what this book is at all. From the beginning, I straight away disliked Florence. The moment when she said that she thought men using an umbrella because it was not 'manly' was the moment I knew I hated her. The only time I remotely felt someth 1.5 stars I disliked this book. A lot. From the synopsis, I thought this was going to be a cute romance between a girl who works at a bookshop and a guy who is the perfect match to 'the wish list' that she wrote at the beginning of the book. But that is not what this book is at all. From the beginning, I straight away disliked Florence. The moment when she said that she thought men using an umbrella because it was not 'manly' was the moment I knew I hated her. The only time I remotely felt something other than hate towards her was when her cat died. Then I disliked her sisters, who gave Florence so much terrible advice and were just as judgemental as Florence. Then I met Rory, who is by far one of the most irritating characters I have ever read in my life. The whole shouting 'cowabunga' thing when he orgasmed (was that supposed to be something I found funny? Because I really didn't) gave me second hand embarrassment, and then him cheating on her? I guessed that would happen but still, that makes him a terrible character. Basically, Rory was just awful, but so was everyone else in this book. The beginning of this book was so slow and it took so long for the pace to pick up but it did eventually so that was one positive aspect about it because at least it felt like I was finishing it faster when I was skim reading it. The only reason I am giving this book 1.5 stars is because of Zach. He was the only tolerable character and he deserved better than to have to deal with these awful people. Also there was no chemistry between Florence and Zach. There was more chemistry between Florence and Rory (probably because they were both awful people), but the chemistry between Florence and the guy she ends up with at the end was basically none excitant. She spends the first 60/70% of the book judging Zach because he has tattoos and because he works temporarily for his uncle at the book shop, and then all of a sudden, she has a crush on him and is thinking about him whilst having sex with Rory?? That does not make any sense to me. Basically, I hated this book. A lot. I would not recommend this book to anyone but if you want to read it, go ahead but expect a book about a lot of horrible characters. I now want to erase this book from my memory because I never want to have to think about it again. The cover of this book is so pretty and deserves a lot better than the terrible story inside it. Thank you to HQ for providing me with an advance copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Karen Huxtable

    This is a really funny book, probably the funniOne of the best things about blogging and there are many is discovering new authors. This was my first book by Sophia and it will definitely not be my last. Set in a bookshop, what could be more perfect ? Florence loves her job but the bookshop is struggling and when a new rise in rent comes along her boss Norris is worried. Florence has been telling him for ages that they need to embrace social media but he is very stuck in his ways. Norris then ask This is a really funny book, probably the funniOne of the best things about blogging and there are many is discovering new authors. This was my first book by Sophia and it will definitely not be my last. Set in a bookshop, what could be more perfect ? Florence loves her job but the bookshop is struggling and when a new rise in rent comes along her boss Norris is worried. Florence has been telling him for ages that they need to embrace social media but he is very stuck in his ways. Norris then asks his nephew Zach to help with promotion and social media much to Florence’s annoyance and he organises a huge event with Florence as the host. Florence’s stepmother is worried that Florence will not find love and so arranges for her to have some appointments with a love guru, Gwendolyn. At the first session she gets Florence to write a list of what she would like in a perfect man so that the universe knows what she wants ! Later when Rory turns up at the bookshop and asks her out it all seems to good to be true. Has the list worked ? Florence is a great character, she is funny, hardworking and she has her own anxieties and attends a group NOMAD to help with the coping mechanisms that she uses to deal with them on a daily basis. Things take a competitive turn when Norris asks Zach to organise a Halloween event and Florence to work with the publicity about the rent rise. This is a really funny book, probably the funniest I have read in a long time. The characters are fun and interesting, its topical and engaging and there are some really cringy moments too. The weekend at Rory’s parents house was hilarious. The dynamic between the staff at the bookshop is great and I loved Eugene, Florence’s co worker. Also I organise events and this made it all the more appealing to me especially when things take an unexpected turn ! A great read especially when you need a pick me up and I will be recommending this one.est I have read in a long time.

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