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A country girl in bustling London

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BRITISH author Sophie Kinsella has released her much-anticipated novel My Not So Perfect Life.

The story follows a country girl named Katie from Somerset, UK, who moves to the big city of London in pursuit of her dreams.

Known for the Shopaholic series, Ms Kinsella stepped away from these ties to deliver her fans with a humorous and well-written novel.

Personally, I find her books not only draw me into the story as a whole but into the life of the main character very effectively, and this novel did just that.

It was also particularly enjoyable to read for me because I am from Somerset and I moved to London before coming to Bahrain in pursuit of my dreams.

Ms Kinsella wrote the main protagonist effectively and there were several moments throughout the story where I found myself smiling in recognition of some of the things Katie feels and goes through.

I have no doubt many readers will find her to be a very relatable character.

It was a pleasant surprise to find how much more realistic and developed the characters were in this book compared with Ms Kinsella’s previous books.

My Not So Perfect Life was also very current in that it addresses the facade that many people feel the need to portray on social media to prove that they are successful in their endeavours, whether that be to friends, colleagues or family members.

It was also interesting to read the back and forth going on in Katie’s mind as she tried to let go of her countryside origins and step into the shoes of an urbanite.

The first few pages got straight into the story, which I really liked, however, I felt there was too much about Katie’s boss in the first few chapters, it went on a little bit too much before the story progressed.

It’s definitely worth turning through those pages though.

I purchased and downloaded the book on for $20.

It is also available at