Title: The Big Event
Author: Anna John-Ligali
Publisher: Books and Authors Publishing UK
Publication Date: 30th November 2017
This book was received from the publisher in return for an honest review
About the book:
You are cordially invited to the party of the season where you’ll meet Constance and friends in action.
Constance Jeffries is excited when she gets the chance to meet up with virtual friends at a get-together in a London hotel. She’s been tweeting and messaging her lovely friends for years and feels they must be just as excited to finally meet her in person too. Or so she hopes.
The Big Event is first part in a short story series about the importance of ‘real’ friendships and how it’s the little things that matter the most.
A Gorgeous Venue, A Room Full of Friends, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
What I Thought:
This was a short but charming read. It really didn’t take me long to finish, but it did keep me smiling all the way through. In The Big Event we join Constance as she attends an event at a fancy hotel and finally gets to meet some of her online friends for the first time in ‘real’ life.
While brief it was something I connected with, as part of the wonderful book blogging community I have some amazing online friends, and last weekend I met one of them for the first time luckily for me my experience reflected Constance’s positive meeting rather than any slightly more disappointing ones!
As it was a short story there’s not a huge amount of plot to discuss, but I did enjoy it, we don’t learn a huge amount about Constance but I liked her as a character, and perhaps slightly cruelly I must admit some of her less positive interactions amused me.
Would I Recommend?
I would. I think the idea of internet and real friends is just something I connect with. The idea that internet friends are not as important or valid as ‘real’ friends is something that irritates me. If anything I find I’m more me online, I’m not trying to filter myself to suit anyone else, if I want to gush about books I can, and I find myself surrounded by people who get it, and interact and I love it!
Back to the book I enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to the next short story!
About the Author:
Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a
popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews. She loves all things
books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She
has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.
Anne has always loved stories and read many books as a child, including the entire
Sweet Valley High and Caitlyn series. Her interest in writing fiction came years later,
when she began writing for pleasure in 2007. Since then, Anne has been writing on
and off and enjoys participating in writing groups. Twice in 2014, she won the
monthly Novelicious Pintrest Prompt Fiction Competition.
When Anne is not writing, she is likely to be at soft play with her kids, taking long
evening walks in Hyde Park, making green smoothies, window shopping, or having a
pampering session at her local beauty salon (whenever she gets the chance). She
can also be found watching box sets (albeit with a bit of shame at still having to catch
up on Scandal, Grey’s, and Downton).
Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London,
she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT
administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more
women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.
You can follow Anne on Twitter: @AnneJohnLigali
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