Behind the Scenes by Sophie Childs
Book Details: Things are never quite as they appear.
Bethan Brooks works in London for the ultimate boss from Hell, trying to support her wannabe rockstar boyfriend. But are The Vampire Squirrels really ever going to make it big or is she doomed to be a secretary forever? Luckily, Bethan finds the perfect escape when going to the cinema. There she loses herself in another world and forgets all about the dreaded filing and monotonous office work. Imagine her surprise when one day she encounters her favourite actor on the Tube. Suddenly, she finds herself part of the glamorous movie world she only ever dreamed about. With more at stake than she could ever realise, does she really want to know what goes on behind the scenes?
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Bethan Brooks spends her days working a boring job in reinsurance and comes home to her somewhat pathetic boyfriend in the evenings. Her boyfriend Lee is a wedding singer that she met at her cousin’s wedding where he was part of the entertainment. On the side he’s in a band called The Vampire Squirrels. Between his wedding gigs and band practices, Bethan doesn’t see much of Lee.
Although Bethan has a boring job and an MIA boyfriend, things begin looking up when fate intervenes, and she meets one of her favorite TV actors. Suddenly Bethan is brushing shoulders with famous people like Vincent Constantine and Ronnie Ruth. During her introduction to a new side of the celebrity world, she also meets someone that offers fantastic advice; no boyfriend is worth holding yourself back from reaching for your dreams, and if they really loved you, they’d want you to be happy and would support your dreams and goals.
Bethan begins to wonder if leavingher comfort zone will lead her to something wonderful that will make her truly happy. One of the most important themes of the novel is to not let your boyfriend-or anyone else for that matter-keep you from going after your dreams. Another theme of the novel is that idea that sometimes there will be people in your life that lie, cheat, and commit the ultimate betrayal. Life is about being able to move past the betrayaland taking control by deleting the toxic people from your life. Behind the scenes people can be so different than the way they present themselves to the world, and sometimes, perception isn’t everything.
I really enjoy the writer’s voice and writing style throughout the novel. The story was humorous but not overly so, interesting but not overkill, and filled with indicators of what was to come, but not so much that it’s all given away at once. There was one shocker that I knew was going to happen but there was a shocker that I definitely didn’t see coming! I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and can’t wait to see what else this author has written.
I received an Advanced Review Copy complimentary from the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author – Sophie Childs
Author Bio: Sophie Childs is a home educating mother of five. Her claims to fame include hosting an open mic night with Ewan McGregor in the audience and winning both The Weakest Linkand The Chase. When she’s not running around after her children, puppy and chickens, she writes and writes and writes. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes, is due for publication by So Vain Books in February 2015 and she’s currently hard at work on her second, due out early in 2016.
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We Just Clicked
Book Blurb: Erin Cochrane loves the gossip and the countless bizarre stories about her best friend Bex’ adventures with online dating. Not that she’d ever sign up for the site herself. Erin’s far too busy planning her dream wedding to her gorgeous fiancé, Tyson.
But when Tyson decides that he is not ready for marriage, Erin’s world is turned upside down. Forced to move back in with her eccentric mother, things couldn’t get any worse. Thrust back into the singles’ scene, could online dating be the escape Erin needs from it all? Or will it be just another disaster?
From stalkers to cheapskates, Erin feels as though she’s become a magnet for every loser around, until she opens one message that changes everything.
An intriguing novel about modern dating and unexpected encounters that will keep you entertained right up to the very last page.
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