It’s very rare when a fiction title captures the hearts of all of us here at Martin & Associates as well as our good friends at PGC. Simply put, we LOVE LOVE LOVE The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance by Kirsty Greenwood! This smart and sassy story is the first in a series that we’re sure will keep readers wanting more.
Jessica Beam is a girl who knows how to party, only lately she’s been forgetting to get to work on time and in clean clothes (thanks to cider, men and a penchant for the snooze button). After one too many late nights and missteps, she finds herself unemployed and worse yet, homeless. With few other avenues down which to turn, she contacts her long lost grandmother, Matilda Beam.
Things aren’t looking so good for Matilda, either. Once a highly regarded etiquette and housekeeping maven, her Good Woman guide books have been out of print for nearly 50 years, she’s defaulting on her mortgage, and worst of all, her hot mess granddaughter shows up on her doorstep after years of estrangement.
After a number of fits and starts, and re-learning how to live with one another, a great opportunity arrives. Grandmother and granddaughter revive the Good Woman series for a new generation, and in the process transform modern, rebellious Jess into a ‘proper lady.’ It’s going to take commitment, nerves of steel and one seriously pointy bra to pull it all off.
Full of cheeky language and tender moments, this is a great intergenerational story that will appeal to a wide range of readers. Light hearted without being trite, clever without being moralizing, The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance is the perfect read for anyone looking for a laugh and a warm fuzzy hug in the form of a book.
Author Kirsty Greenwood is poised to make a big splash on this side of the pond: her self-published ebook, Yours Truly, sold nearly 100,000 copies. Pan Macmillan Senior Commissioning Editor Caroline Hogg says,
“I’ve wanted to sign Kirsty for a very long time, so it’s beyond brilliant to bring her into such a dedicated and creative publishing team as Pan Macmillan. Kirsty has a true passion for women’s fiction – her Novelicious site has championed so many new writers – and she worked tirelessly on publishing her first novel. Now it’s the perfect time for her to focus on her completely funny, fresh and frank writing, while we at Pan Macmillan do the work to take her success to the next level. I just can’t wait to get started!”
Don’t wait either! Order copies of the first novel in the next best series for readers of The Old Lady Who Broke all the Rules and The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. For reading copies, or more information, get in touch!
The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance