Thanks for stopping by! Today you can catch my review for The Never Have I Ever Club by Mary Jayne Baker which is also book four of the 20 books of summer challenge! With thanks to the publisher for my copy via Netgalley. First of all though let’s take a look at the description for the book…
ABOUT THE BOOK
Robyn Bloom thought Ash Barnes was the love of her life – until one day he announced he was leaving her to fly halfway across the world.
Months later, Robyn is struggling to move on – but then she has a brainwave: The Never Have I Ever Club. Her handsome next-door neighbour Will helps her bring their fellow Yorkshire villagers together for some carpe-diem-inspired fun.
From burlesque dancing to Swedish massages, everyone has plenty of bucket-list activities to try, but it doesn’t take long for Robyn to realise what – or who – her heart truly desires: Will.
There’s just one problem: he’s Ash’s twin brother.
Make that two problems: Ash is moving home… and he wants Robyn back.
In The Never Have I Ever Club we meet Robyn who is still trying to get over a failed relationship. Her boyfriend Ash called it quits on their relationship and flew halfway across the world. Ouch! There are reminders of him everywhere but especially in the shape of his brother, Will who lives next door. You see Will and Ash are identical twins!
Robyn decides it is time to put the past firmly behind her and first thing on the list is to get her friendship with Will back on track. Then what follows is to start a carpe-diem inspired club. One that will bring everyone in the village together. This is when The Never Have I Ever Club is born! I have to say I loved the idea for the club. Don’t we all have ideas and plans that never seem to get off the ground. The first meeting definitely had some fun moments as the reader gets to hear all kinds of different ideas. Some more extreme than others!
The pace of the story is lovely, there are a few slower paced moments but I think on the whole it all works out pretty well. There is a fun humour throughout which kept me smiling. Along with some lively and interesting minor characters who all helped to bring something to the story. The friendship between Robyn and Will was a definite highlight for me. The more time they spent together the more the sparks began to fly. I really did wonder how it would all end especially with so much history between Robyn and the two brothers. I did kind of wish for more of the club to be featured in the plot. However I loved the parts that were included and I think that all the family drama made an engaging aspect to the story. All in all The Never Have I Ever Club is a lovely, fun and light escape!