The Naughty Girls' Book Club is a fantastic novel by Sophie Hart.
Estelle is a single mother who runs Cafe Crumb, she spends all of her time wither working at the cafe or baking for it. When she finds out that the local bookshop is closing down she is sad, but also inspired to start up her own book club hoping it may also boost the cafe funds. It is meant to be a literary meeting and Estelle does, in fact, choose Tess of the D'urbevilles as the first read. However, when one of the members spies a copy of Ten Sweet Lessons, the hottest erotica book around, in Estelle's bag, they decide to choose it as the next read and before she knows it Estelle is running an erotica book club. I must admit I loved the choices of books for Estelle's book club and i'm now desperate to re-read some of my old Jilly Cooper titles!
As the book group begins to meet more frequently, you get an idea of what each character is like. There is shy student Reggie, newly retired Sue, Rebecca who is in a post marital slump, bold librarian Gracie and hard working Estelle. I thought each character was very likeable in their own way and my favourite was Reggie who I thought was very sweet.
I loved this book, it is very well written and makes you feel as if you know each character like a friend. I really enjoyed the way that you could see how each person changed and developed over the course of the novel, as their friendships grew. Although, the book group reads erotica, it is not an erotica story and actually deals with a number of issues including family problems, divorce, retirement and above all friendship. There are lots of naughty bits too though, which are great fun to read and had me laughing out loud in places.
I highly recommend this book, it is a fun, feel good, romantic story that I did not want to put down. I would rate it as a five star read.
Thank you to Avon for sending me a copy to review.
The Naughty Girls Book Club is available to buy now on kindle and is released as a paperback on the 6th June.
You can find Sophie Hart on twitter @cafe_crumb