- Publicaton Date: 9th December 2016
- Publisher: HarperImpulse (HarperCollins Publishing)
- Format: E-Book (Kindle)
- Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Short Story, Novella, Holiday Fiction
- ISBN: 9780008236250
A free short story…the perfect treat for yourself this Christmas
‘A joyful, funny, feel-good story, packed with show tunes, romance and a wonderfully warm cast’ – Sunday Times Bestselling author, Miranda Dickinson on The Singalong Society for Singletons
It’s the age-old saying. You wait all day for a bus, and then three come along at once. But proposals? That’s just ridiculous. And yet, on New Year’s Eve, as the countdown finishes and the whole pub erupts in celebrations, Cerys finds herself staring at her ex-fiancé, Ricky. Who just so happens to be kneeling on the floor, ring in hand, asking her to marry him. Again.
And if that weren’t enough, hot barman Angelo, and longtime friend Huw also decide to pop the question. At the exact same time.
Three men, two real contenders, but just one choice. What on earth will she do?
A brief review can also be found on Goodreads.
Three Men and a Maybe is a funny, quirky romance story about a recently thirty-year-old Welsh woman named Cerys Jenkins whose life turns upside down one New Years Eve when she gets not one marriage proposal but three. We as readers get drawn into Cerys’ life as she looks back on the relationships she’s had with each of her proposers; Ricky, Huw and Angelo.
I was first attracted to this book because of the cover with its beautiful typeface and witty blurb which made me curious as to who the woman the book was based on would choose. I was not disappointed by the result but I do think a smallish epilogue would have been amazing.
So we are first introduced to Ricky who was Cerys’ former fiance and love of her life supposedly. Here we learn about the man behind the bravado and flashy sports car; jet black BMW M6 convertible which according to our central character is his “pride and joy”. Reading about Ricky and his relationship with Cerys I saw the cracks immediately in the way Lovell describes Ricky as clinical, a man who loves everything and anything that fits into his monochromatic life of black, white Ricky’s always right. Cerys herself despite being introverted and wallflower like was shown to have a colourful personality, who adored home comforts over designer knick-knacks.
My impression of Ricky is that he had built up an image of himself surrounded by fancy things, his car, his flat, his job in order to hide the fact that he was absolutely clueless when it came to life. Lovell’s description of him reflected his narcissistic personality and over inflated ego perfectly. Lovell wants you to relate to Cerys and root for her, and it’s easy to see why; the gambling. To me, this doesn’t seem to be a first for Ricky but the fact that he suffers from some sort of superiority complex so supreme that he pawns away Cerys’ engagement ring was so deplorable that I could actually see it as something that probably happens way too often in our society.
This is why when Lovell introduces Huw I immediately fell in love with this scruffy looking, misunderstood man whose love for his music is so great that he puts any chance of a career on hold, choosing agency work so it doesn’t affect his chance to someday make it big. This flashback went back the furthest out of the three to the time of teenage love, and awkward first times. It’s here that we are shown the flickers of true love blossoming, hidden behind the desire to protect a friendship. A proposal with a hidden meaning?
Out of the three, Angelo was the most striking yet insignificant male character. He wasn’t exciting or warm, or a character I was enamoured with. I did like how he brought out a hidden depth of character in Cerys, a simple Doctor’s receptionist from Cardiff, Wales. Angelo is shown to be beautiful and charming, an exotic creature who is popular with the ladies and the nephew of Mr Cox Cerys’ former primary school teacher who was a bit of a dish back in the day.
What I liked most about this book other than the characters (except Ricky) was the storytelling. Lovell has a natural way with words and made this book lighthearted and fun even when detailing major issues. The book flowed well showcasing Lovell’s excellent blend between the past and present, revealing all without distracting from the central dilemma our protagonist is facing in the beginning.
I wasn’t too enamoured with Cerys’ attitude at times. She is a great character but her habit of blending into the shadows grated on me after awhile especially if you compare her to her friends Beth and Liv. Yet I suppose this is why Cerys’ choice makes sense in the end, and why I was happy it happened the way it did. I also didn’t gel well with Liv. Liv is a supporting character in this story but reflects they type of person who believes they are owed the spotlight and a glamorous life just because they think they have the It-Factor. More times than I can count I want to strangle Liv her shiny gold hotpants. No wonder Cerys behaves the way she does when Liv is practically claiming everything as hers.
As a whole, this book was a great, funny read that I would gladly buy for myself and others. Three Men and a Maybe was a very short, freebie from Amazon that I’m glad I gave a chance.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have. Let me know what you think in the comments below.