Mary Brown – our full-figured heroine – is off on a cruise. It’s the trip of a lifetime…featuring eat-all-you-can buffets and a trek through Europe with a 96-year-old widower called Frank and a flamboyant Spanish dancer called Juan Pedro in attendance. Then there’s the desperately handsome captain, the appearance of an ex-boyfriend on the ship, the time she’s mistaken for a Hollywood film star in Lisbon and tonnes of clothes shopping all over Europe.
I met and fell in love with Mary in Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl. She is just an absolutely fabulous character and was so good to catch up with her again. You don’t have to have read any of the other books in the series as it easily works well as a stand alone as Mary is in totally new surroundings with all new friends.
One thing you should know about Mary is that nothing ever seems to go to plan. Her life is filled with chaos and hilarious predicaments. Mary is like most of us. She loves her food and finding herself on a cruise with the most delicious foods and all you can eat buffets is just a dream come true. I love how Mary has so much confidence. In fact I envied her. To go on a cruise on her own not knowing anyone. I couldn’t think of anything worse. Mary though takes it in her stride and it isn’t long before she meets a variety of people. My favourites had to be Juan and Frank.
Frank is just the sweetest old man whose life story I was just as eager as Mary to hear. It actually made for some emotional reading and it just fitted into the over all story so perfectly.
Cruise with an Adorable Fat Girl is just THE most heartwarming, funny and emotional read. It’s great to have a more real life heroine for a change who doesn’t have the perfect figure or any hang ups. If you want a realistic, laugh out loud and entertaining read, then you really need to read these fabulous books by Bernice Bloom.
My thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
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Author Bio –
Hello, my name is Bernice Bloom and I am a writer (I write light-hearted rom-com style novels and also work as a magazine journalist and advertising copywriter) and jewellery designer. My recent series of novels is called ‘Adorable Fat Girl’ and it features a heavily overweight woman called Mary Brown. She is bright, funny, friendly and bonkers. She’s also fat. The books blend the comedy of her efforts to lose weight with a more serious backstory about what happened to her in the past that had led to the issues that make her prone to over-eating. I’m fascinated that there are so few overweight heroines in literature. Women can be manipulative, evil, even murderers in fiction, but not fat! Certainly not fat and beautiful with loads of friends! Then along came Mary and she’s developed quite a fan base of people who love the fact that the heroine is large. She gets lots of letters and I have ended up taking her on lots of adventures!
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