A massive thank you to Harper Collins for sending me an e-ARC of Make or Break at the Lighthouse B&B by Portia MacIntosh and for letting me be a part of the blog tour.
So the blurb for this book (taken from Goodreads) is:
Welcome to beautiful Hope Island, where the sun is shining, the locals are welcoming, and Lola is about to find a second chance at love…
Thirty-one-year-old matchmaker Lola James had it all – until she broke her leg at a wedding and discovered that her so-called ‘best friend’ was suddenly too busy to call, her flat had far too many steps, and her boyfriend replaced her quicker than you can say ‘crutches’. And so she’s back at her parents’ B&B, sleeping in the living room (she can’t get upstairs) and having her hair washed by her mum (she can’t get in the shower).
Freshly single and with a lot of time on her hands, Lola is only too pleased to run into gorgeous Dr Will , an old friend who has definitely improved with age… And then there’s Dean, a divorce who’s convinced he’s better off alone – no matter how lonely he is.
Can Will help mend Lola’s broken heart as well as her leg? Can she help Dean find love? As a wise man once said, sometimes the one for you is right under your nose, all along…
This was a pure guilty pleasure for me. I’ve never been one for chick lit or anything remotely like that, but every once in a while a read a blurb and I am like ‘this book, I need to read this book’. That’s exactly what happened with this book and here we are, writing a 4 star review.
At first I did not like the main character, Lola. In the first chapter she just seems to enable her clearly selfish ‘best friend’, not calling her friend out on her crappy behaviour, and for a few chapters after, consistently tries to make excuses for why none of her so called friends and boyfriend could be bothered to help her in her time of need. Luckily her parents are more than happy to have her home and help her recover, and it’s great seeing her character develop and begin to realise how terrible her friends in London were for her, and makes some unusual friends back at home at the B&B.
So something that happens later in the book, or rather it happens before the book takes place but it is brought up in conversation between characters, it really hit home with me, I actually had to put the book down and take a break (it was a short break, I finished this book in a matter of hours). I don’t want to add spoilers but something we find out about Dean’s ex wife makes me hate her for many personal reasons.
This book definitely would not be for everyone; its a little predictable and cheesy – the line ‘I could kick myself, or I would if I could’ is used at least three times by the main character who has broken her leg and made me cringe after the first time. BUT I know at least one person who I’ll be recommending this too as they will love it.
Make sure you check out all the other stops on this blog tour (full dates from 12th to 16th February).