A charming, feel good novel about the healing powers of friendship…and Frozen!Monique and Issy are teachers, housemates and lovers of musicals! Their Friday night routine consists of snacks, wine and the Frozen DVD. So when Monique’s boyfriend moves to America for a year and her sister Hope moves in because of her own relationship woes, Friday nights get a new name… ‘The Singalong Society for Singletons’!It’s a chance to get together, sing along to their favourite tracks from the best-loved West End shows, and forget the worries of work, relationships and love (or lack of it). But when Issy shares the details of their little group further afield, they get some unexpected new members who might just change their opinions on singledom for good….
The Singalong Society for Singletons by Katey Lovell was published in paperback by Harper Impulse on 15 December 2016.
Just look at that gorgeous cover! I am a 'cover lover' and this one ticks every single box for me, it's creative and eye-catching and perfectly encapsulates everything that this gorgeous story is about. Ten out of ten to the cover designer of this one!
And so, to the story inside. Curl up in your comfiest armchair, light the fire, grab a cup of tea, or a glass of fizz, make sure you have chocolate and immerse yourself, you won't come up for air, I promise! As you read, the wicked world events will melt away a little bit, this really is the ultimate in feel-good story, with characters who feel like your mates and music and singing, all set in the wonderful Steel City of Sheffield.
When Mon's boyfriend of ten years announces that he's been offered the chance to work in Chicago for twelve months, her world shatters. Everything she dreamt of, the ring, the big wedding, the cosy flat, just crumbles away and she is faced with continuing to share the draughty back-street terrace in Sheffield with her friend Izzy. Mon is worn out by her job as a teaching assistant, and on top of everything, her sister Hope has split up with her partner Amara and is moving in with her and Izzy.
The only thing that brightens their lives is their regular Friday night event. A coffee table full of nibbles, a musical in the DVD player and joined by Mon's childhood friend Connie; the Singalong Society for Singletons is born. Singing along to Frozen, and Wicked and even an attempt at Les Mis, for a couple of hours they can forget their hum-drum lives and sing their hearts out.
The Society expands when Izzy invites Ray and Liam to join them. Not only do the group numbers increase, but the dynamics alter too, and it isn't long before all of the girls are evaluating what they have, and what they want.
On the face of it, this story sounds like a sweet, happy tale, and yes, it is. However, Katy Lovell also deals with some serious issues within her story, incorporating grief, loss, family dynamics and work tensions into her story. This author doesn't lecture, she shares. She's woven in the serious themes alongside the song and the dance and has created a multi-layered story populated by great characters.
The Singalong Society for Singletons is not my usual genre by any means, but oh how I loved it, every page of it. It's fun and musical and warm and romantic. This is a little gem, and Katey Lovell is a fine fine writer.
Katey Lovell is fanatical about words. An avid reader, writer and poet, she once auditioned for Countdown and still tapes the show every night. Getting the conundrum before the contestants is her ultimate thrill.
She loves love and strives to write feel-good romance that'll make you laugh and cry in equal measure.
Originally from South Wales, Katey now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and son.
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