Cannes life be this Nice? Comedy and romance in the South of France
Wendy Holden was a journalist on The Sunday Times, Tatler and The Mail on Sunday before becoming a full-time author. She has published six novels, all Top Ten bestsellers, and is married with two young children.
Predictable plot turns and humorless puns abound in Holden's superficial satire (after Gossip Hound, etc.), which starts out as a promising tale of a smalltown reporter's attempt to break out of her sleepy English hometown and quickly devolves into a colorful but clich?d farce crowded with outlandish caricatures and unlikely goings-on. Kate Clegg, the slightly plump senior reporter for the Slackmucklewaite Mercury (more often referred to as "the Mockery"), longs to have the exciting life of a London reporter, but barring that, she'll settle for covering sleepy stories by day and penning her racy book, Northern Gigolo, by night. Aspiring actor Nat Hardstone, the gorgeous son of her callous new boss, may be the answer to one of her more scandalous dreams. Not only does he want to shake the dust of Slackmucklewaite off his shoes, but he wants to take her with him to the C?te d'Azur for the Cannes Film Festival. Though it's obvious that Nat is as shallow and scheming as his father-he makes her foot the bill at a fancy restaurant and then presses her to front the money for his plane ticket-Kate rides his coattails to the south of France and is promptly abandoned. But with the help of a few friendly strangers, she finds love and scandal in a French town eerily similar to the English one she just left. By the end of the novel, Kate is as clueless as when she started her unlikely adventure, and readers will have as little sympathy for her as they do for Nat and his impossibly small-minded acquaintance, Champagne D'vyne. (Jan. 7) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
'Deliciously wicked & infectiously naughty - those are the only words to describe Wendy Holden's fifth novel, Azur Like It...I defy anyone to read it without a smile on their lips' Daily Mail, 5/9/03 -- Daily Mail 20030905 'I think she is fabulous' Sarah Broadhurst, Bookseller, 23/1/04 -- Bookseller 20040123 'Clever potshots from English bestseller Holden...Holden's deft management of a huge cast of zany types ensures that the breakneck pace never flags. Gleeful jumble of Brit-style slapstick, puns, and sly wit. Quite a treat' Kirkus Reviews 15/12/03 -- Kirkus Reviews 20031215 'In this fun yarn, Kate gets her story, her perspective & the love of the good guy' Mirror, 6/9/03 -- Mirror 20030906 'Deliciously wicked & infectiously naughty - those are the only words to describe Wendy Holden's fifth novel, Azur Like It...I defy anyone to read it without a smile on their lips' -- Daily Mail 20030905