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Girl Having a Ball (Smart Girls Book 2) by Rhoda Baxter

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Kindle Edition: 231 Pages.

Published: 25 September 2016 by Choc Lit



Although Stevie lost her parents when she was very young, she’s always been able to rely on her brother, Marsh. But now Marsh is married and Stevie feels like she is losing him too. Determined to prove her independence, Stevie sets about transforming her life, giving up her dead-end job and following her passion for events management.

Her first assignment takes her to a stunning manor house in Oxford where she is tasked with organising a charity ball on a shoestring. Between canapé worries, celebrity guests and trying to keep the hyper-critical Lady Beryl happy, Stevie’s teenage crush, Tom, resurfaces to confuse things even further.

But ‘poor needy little Stevie’ is now ‘Stevie the strong woman’ and she won’t let a man get in the way of her dreams – will she?


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This should really be sub-titled "Girl grows up". Stevie appeared in the first book in this set which you don't have to have read to enjoy this one. In this book she has lost the closeness to her brother because he has married and she is determined to prove herself when asked to arrange a ball for the mother of an old friend of her brother. There are tensions with Tom, difficulties in arranging the event, various crises that happen during the story, and some opposition from others. Stevie has to overcome all this and create a sparkling event to please her clients and to make her career.

This is an enjoyable romantic comedy. There are occasions when the characters seem a bit cardboard and stereotypical but the author then adds a twist to make them more human. Stevie is a delightful character and you understand why she is, at last, so determined to stand on her own two feet. Tom is bad tempered and determined to think the worst of Stevie and yet you realise, long before she does of course, that he is the ideal man for her.

There is nothing surprising or particularly original here but this is an amusing and entertaining novel that I found most satisfying. I received a free copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley

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