Written as Daisy Jenel:
Lucy Jones is unlucky in love – until she reads an article on pro-active dating and realises she just needs to be a bit more assertive and actually ask men out. The supermarket seems a good place to start – after all, don’t one in six people meet their partners when they’re doing the weekly grocery shop?Join Lucy in her hilarious adventures as she meets ten different men in ten assorted supermarkets. There’s a militant vegan and a single dad, a Mummy’s Boy and a fitness fanatic – not to mention the would-be poet and inventor who’s just plain bonkers.Will Lucy find what she’s looking for; or is she fated to keep going home empty-handed?A heart-warming and uplifting tale that proves you never know where you’ll discover love.
6 May 2019
Think Bridget Jones without the attempts to stop smoking and lose weight, or Sophie Kinsella’s ‘Shopaholic’ with the emphasis on supermarkets rather than designer labels, and you end up with Lucy Jones, an ice cream and ‘Mamma Mia!’ obsessed Singleton who is determined to find herself a boyfriend.
I thought this was a charming story – Lucy is both relatable and believable – with some excellent comic touches. I read my friend the ‘Star Wars’ chapter and we both cried with laughter. The various men she meets, while total stereotypes in one sense, also ring true – and we do see Lucy on something of a voyage of self-discovery as she realises she can’t keep on blocking men’s numbers after unsuccessful dates but has to be honest and tell them it won’t work out.
My only criticism – if it can be called that – is that I wish it was longer. It’s so well written that I could have quite happily read about twenty disastrous dates instead of just ten.
29 May 2019
Really great read, so hilarious and I loved it!!! I recommend this book to anyone. 😊
1 June 2019
This book is brilliant from start to finish I couldn’t put it down.
YA Fiction (as Jane Andrews)
The Sarah and Steve trilogy.
Book 1: ‘I’ll be there for you’
Book 2: ‘When the rain starts to fall’
Book 3: ‘You were there for me too’
Amazon reviews for the ‘Sarah and Steve’ trilogy
18 January 2018 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A real emotional rollercoaster of a book. Without giving away any plot spoilers, this is a story you don’t want to put down. There are lots of funny scenes but there are some heartbreaking ones too. You certainly feel like buying the next book in the series to find out what else happens to Sarah and Steve – I’m hoping we see more of Jules and Danny in the next book too. I like the fact it’s set in the 1990s and the characters actually talk to each other instead of just texting like they would today – the conversations are very true to life but I do think the main character Sarah is a bit of an idealist. She might have to grow up a bit in the next book though. Story wise I thought this book was excellent and I’m looking forward to the next one.
23 January 2018 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
About friendships, love & growing up. Set in my era, got me thinking back to my teenage years…ordered the 2nd book.
31 January 2018 Format: Paperback
I really really liked it! Could not put it down, so interesting and gripping. Jules and Danny were definitely my fave characters, they were really funny and provided comedic relief when I needed it most. I could really relate to the story. I really liked it. 10/10, would read again. Love it!
20 January 2018 Format: Paperback
This was un-put-downable! Dramatic yet funny novel about the life of a teenage girl from England set in the 90s. Cannot wait to read the next one and see how things turn out for her!
20 January 2018 Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is the next instalment in the Sarah and Steve trilogy, although the focus is more on Sarah than anyone else. We still get to see (quite a lot of) Jules and (a bit of) Danny from the previous book and they tend to provide some of the comic relief. The four friends are all now university age, meaning a wider variety of scenarios and locations, and you can see genuine character development from how they were in the first book. Sarah is the one who has to do the most growing up, and it’s good to see her feisty side finally coming out in some of the scenes where she’s warding off the flirtatious advances from an archetypal ‘bad boy’ – although she’s still quite emotionally intense and we have a lot of the tearful exits we saw in the first book, so it’s still a story that hurtles you from laughing one moment to feeling sad or angry at another. This is a more intelligent story than the first one, weaving themes and even quotations from ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’ by Thomas Hardy into the plot. I thought this was a good way to make Victorian literature relevant for today’s teenagers as it shows us that Hardy’s themes are still relevant today. I don’t want to say too much about the plot as I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I can say that this is a book you want to keep on reading, like the first book – even though there’s some sort of closure in the final chapters, you still want to read the last book in the series to see how the author ties up all the loose ends. If you’ve read the first one, read this one too, and if you haven’t read “I’ll Be There For You”, read that one before this one as the books form one continuous story.
23 January 2018 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The changes to friends & relationships when we grow up & move on from school…looking forward to book 3 to see what life brings for Sarah & Steve
3 April 2018 Format: Paperback
Loved it! It definitely made me change my mind about which characters I hated then adored then hated again! Just as great as book one and very beautifully written! This trilogy is perfect for teens, yet so relatable to adults too. Cannot wait for Book 3!
13 April 2018 Format: Paperback
Sarah and Steve’s story finally draws to a close in the third part of this YA trilogy. Book 3 sees Sarah finally off to university to study English Literature. Whilst there, she makes new friends and some of the funniest moments in the book involve these characters. Like the other two in the series, this novel mixes angst and humour in equal parts: there are several love triangles, as well as a sprinkling of moral dilemmas. (For instance, do you tell your vegetarian boyfriend you used a chicken stock cube in his sweet potato and lentil curry when you couldn’t find a vegetable one?) The characters are mostly witty and intelligent young people, effortlessly bouncing banter off each other, but people you can relate to and feel empathy for too.
Above all, this is a satisfying climax to a story that began with an idealistic teenager who has to grow up in all sorts of ways as her story progresses. The new book covers reflect this in their colour coding (pink for Book 1 to represent Sarah’s rosy, romantic view of love; darker colours for Book 2 to symbolise the battering Sarah’s heart takes; and, finally, green for Book 3 to represent hope/new life). This series is marketed as a Young Adult trilogy but will also appeal to adults of any age who want to relive life in the 1990s.