New year. New life. Fresh start.
Newly minted career girl Magenta Bright reluctantly finds herself growing up – she’s now a live-in girlfriend, a successful business owner, and an obsessive desirer of classic leather handbags.
But, fuelled by her creative talent, Magenta doesn’t seem to know when to stop. Between designing and launching a new range of bags, planning her parents’ second wedding, and whisky binges with scary international model and best friend Anya, something’s got to give, and it’s not long before her relationship with shy artist Anthony is in the firing line.
Will handbags lead to heartbreak for the unstoppable Magenta Bright?
About the author
Rosa Temple began writing romantic comedy and chick lit novellas, short stories and books because of her passion for what she calls the 'early chick lit films', like: Sabrina, Barefoot In the Park and Breakfast at Tiffany's. She honed her skills as a ghostwriter, gaining experience writing romance novellas and book series, with sweet themes as well as steamy novels for adult readers.
She now specialises in contemporary romance but prefers to write chick-lit and romantic comedies.
So far, Rosa has published romantic comedy novella, Sleeping With Your Best Friend and the full length novel, Natalie's Getting Married, is published on 14th March 2016.
Rosa Temple is a Londoner and is married with two sons. She reads a wide range of Women’s Fiction and all its sub genres. She is a reluctant keep fit fanatic and doer of housework and insists that writing keeps her away from such strenuous tasks. She spends her days creating characters and storylines while drinking herbal tea and eating chocolate biscuits.
Temple makes you want to know her, and want to love her
When first I met Magenta in her upheaval of a life, she was frustrating, immature and more than a little selfish, but there was something there: a sense of humor and the willingness to move onward and upward, despite her setbacks. Or the copious amounts of liquor she consumes with her best friend, or the recurrent niggles of self-doubt nipping at her heels. Now, with some of her life settled, and designs for the bags she has come to create flying in from all directions, she’s a bit more focused, if still a novice.
She had plenty on her plate: no apartment, no job, no career and no man – but she resolved most of those in the first book: and quite satisfactorily. But now, with a wonderful man and a career that utilizes her not so inconsequential fashion sense, and is buoyed by her supermodel best friend, she’s raring to take on every new challenge. And therein is her problem: she’s still scattered, and still functions with that bit of self-absorbed narrative that is wholly hers. While her new partner Anthony is wonderful and charming, if often feeling left out with her other interests. See, she’s still all wrapped up in reuniting her parents and getting them to remarry, and her nights with her best friend are still booze-fueled and late, and Anthony is actually feeling a bit pushed to the side.
In the first book, Temple managed to keep Magenta fresh and uniquely her own: even with the train wreck that she was making of her life, there were hopes for her to show some depth and growth. Here, those moments are fewer and more difficult to find: with her own narrative often reverting to one of an eighteen year old, immature and not always considering consequences before the action. Yet, this is one of those stories that you want to cheer on Magenta and want the best for her. Even as you repeatedly (or I) want to strangle her senseless, just to get her to stop and think first. She does, after what felt like an interminable time, and became again that dotty friend that you enjoy in doses: not necessarily one you’d want about full time. Temple makes you want to know her, and want to love her – but perhaps as she has her own moments of se;f-doubt and insecurities, as a reader you are also reluctant to give her your all. A great installment and follows nicely after the first book, one that you’ll want to read to get the full measure of the character that Temple created.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.