Granny with Benefits by Marilyn Bennett
Grace is thirty-nine and not remotely convinced that life begins at forty. When her grandmother dies she volunteers to pick up her belongings from the sheltered accommodation. It is the last place she expects to have a chance encounter with the first man she has been instantly attracted to in a very long time, particularly as she is dressed almost head to toe in her grandmother's clothing and accessories. Grace's granny alter ego elicits a conversation with the man about love, death and the universe, which she is convinced would not have happened otherwise. This inspires her to throw caution to the wind and turn what should have been a simple case of mistaken identity into a dating introduction opportunity for the real her. A decision which sets Grace on a rollercoaster adventure of lies, secrets and lust, making her thirty ninth year one she won't forget, but might well regret...
I hope there's a sequel to this book because the author simply can't leave it there!
Not your traditional chick lit/romcom as the ending didn't pan out as expected - though this might change if there is a sequel - it nevertheless kept me entertained right the way throughout.
The premise is ludicrous (but in a good way) and the fact that Grace carries on her deception to the point of no return left me doubled up with laughter. The story is certainly funny and a darned good read - in tone and style it reminded me of Bridget Jones' Diary. The author's style of writing is engaging and so are the main characters; all of them have distinctive personalities and each one is carefully drawn.
Please, Ms Bennett, tell me there's another book after this one!
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