Marnie Salt has made so many mistakes in her life that she fears she will never get on the right track. But when she ‘meets’ an old lady on a baking chatroom and begins confiding in her, little does she know how her life will change.
Arranging to see each other for lunch, Marnie finds discovers that Lilian is every bit as mad and delightful as she’d hoped – and that she owns a whole village in the Yorkshire Dales, which has been passed down through generations. And when Marnie needs a refuge after a crisis, she ups sticks and heads for Wychwell – a temporary measure, so she thinks.
But soon Marnie finds that Wychwell has claimed her as its own and she is duty bound not to leave. Even if what she has to do makes her as unpopular as a force 12 gale in a confetti factory! But everyone has imperfections, as Marnie comes to realise, and that is not such a bad thing – after all, your flaws are perfect for the heart that is meant to love you.
Marnie is not having much luck when it comes to men so when an opportunity comes up to get away from her old life, she grabs it. The more I got to know Marnie, the more I felt sorry for her. Her family life was heart-breaking to read of and I was desperate for her to come into her own and find people that truly valued the wonderful person she is.
If anything, the new start gives Marnie a much needed boost in standing up for herself and I loved the fiery side to her. It certainly made the story more fun. Although what a waste of cheesecakes! To see what I mean you will need to read it for yourself but might be an idea to also grab yourself a nice big slice as there is an awful lot of talk of cheesecake and I was craving it by the end!
There are some very likeable characters in this novel as well as more than a few unlikeable. There are too many to mention but the author had me feeling very much in the hub of this small community and the going ons, so much so that I was so invested in the story I could hardly tear myself away from it.
The Perfectly Imperfect Woman was one of those really wholesome reads that envelopes you in a great big hug! The author’s novels are always inviting and leave you feeling so uplifted. It’s wonderful escapism and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my weekend than in one of her books. There is certainly nothing imperfect about this story, just 100% guaranteed reading pleasure. Highly recommended!