Jax Levy is an almost thirty-year-old low-paid ‘journalist’ with little hope of
progression. She has a love life only ever centred around a bad decision and a family too complicated to explain.
The one area of life that Jax has down are her friends – Clara, Omni and Alice are the loves of her life. So, when Clara announces her engagement to Ed, Jax hides all of her feelings of insecurity, and commits to becoming the perfect maid-of-honour.
That is until she discovers something about Ed that will destroy everything. Panicked and irrational, Jax makes a snap decision to go on a wild mission to save her best friend from heartache. But the truth is far more complicated than Jax had imagined and that decision soon comes back to bite her . . .
Jacqueline ‘Jax’ Levy is turning thirty, however the celebration that she had envisioned is far from the reality of the situation as this milestone approaches. Despite her being with Leo, her rather emotionally unavailable lover, the most import relationship in her life is the one she shares with her flatmate Clara, and alongside Alice and Omni, these women mean the absolute world to her.
As Clara announces her engagement to Ed and asks Jax to be her maid of honour, Jax is determined to be there for her best friend throughout what should be the most important time of her life – however, when she unearths some secrets about Ed that will ruin everything, Jax makes it her own personal mission to save her friend from heartbreak. But as these friends are about to discover, meddling in other peoples relationships never ends well…
This story focuses on a group of confident, beautifully realistic women and the bond they share, something that I truly loved exploring throughout this wonderful book. It showed the importance of friendship, and how soulmates can in fact come in the form of a close friend rather than that of a romantic partner.
The story might initially seem like a love story, but as you delve into the world in which the author has so wonderfully created you quickly come to realise that it is so much more than that. It shows the side of friendships that books so often try to minimise, from jealousy to the more complicated issues that arise as people grow older and take their own paths in life. Full of drama and a lot of humour throughout, this is one of those books that you can really relate to, and a story that etches itself in your mind.
About the Author
Sara-Ella Ozbek is a british writer based in London. Her first novel The High Moments was published in 2020 and is being developed for television by Makeready Productions; she is currently writing the pilot. Other work has appeared in The Independent, Upstate Diary, Because, Suitcase, Tatler and Soho House Notes.
Sara-Ella has adapted Polly Stenham’s play JULIE as a feature film for Standalone Pictures; produced by Charles Finch,
directed by Josie Rourke (Mary Queen of Scots). Currently, she is developing a musical called ROCK BOTTOM for The Young Vic Theatre and Birmingham Rep with composer Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer The Opera) directed by Sean Foley (The Play What I Wrote).
*Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours, Simon & Schuster books and Sara-Ella Ozbek for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*