Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Peanuts and Eggcups by Sara Mendes de Costa

I've been lucky enough to be invited to take part in the Blog Tour for Sara Mendes de Costa's new novel Peanuts and Eggcups. When the email invitation popped up in my inbox, I was super intrigued by the novel, and jumped at the opportunity to take part in the blog tour. Today, I'm sharing my thoughts on the novel, as well as a short extract from Peanuts and Eggcups, to hopefully tempt you into picking this up too.


For Maggie Parsons there's only ever been one man; the stunningly delicious Luke Henderson. Unfortunately, he left her, without explanation, after their 'first night' together... breaking her heart in the process.

Now ten years on, without any contact, he's back and going to her school reunion. Great! And, to confuse matters... so is his suave, sexy, brother Tony who makes a major play for Maggie, then turns up with his insufferable - supposedly ex - fiancée!

Via the reunion, a black eye, getting the sack (as a result), a madcap girls holiday and juggling her confused emotions around the two alluring brothers... Maggie starts to build a picture of what she really wants in her life.

Trouble is, Maggie's a pawn in a game she doesn't even know she's playing... and things are about to get a whole lot more complicated.

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Has that tempted you yet? It was enough to suck me in, that's for sure. Not only did the title and cover look totally hilarious, but the blurb made the book sound right up my street, I love a good rom-com sort of book, something that's got a little bit of romance, a bit of comedy, some cringe-worthy moments. To be honest, what more could you want?

This a great coming of age novel, telling Maggie's life story, something I'm sure we can all relate to. You've got romance, and friendship, something you don't see too often in novels. I really like a story with a good group of friends, as my friends are integral to my life, so I relate much more to a protagonist who's close with a few women - the ones she tells her secrets too, the ones she goes to for advice. It was nice to see the whole gang mature into adults, battling through the dangerous waters between teenage and adulthood.

There's plenty of drama, especially romantically, with Maggie still being in love with Luke, while becoming involved with his brother Tony, and they happen to be brothers to Maggie's friend Jen. Talk about confusing, and dramatic!

I related to Maggie so much. She's clumsy and has some really cringe-worthy moments, most of which I could see happening to me! I think that's the sign of a really good novel - a main character you can relate to.

Basically, pick this up and give it a try. It's funny, filled with emotions and drama, and will keep you hooked until the very end. Sara Mendes de Costa has done a great job with this. And if I haven't convinced you, here's an extract from Peanuts and Eggcups to whet your appetites.

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My protagonist Maggie has woken up with the hangover from hell on a day she really needs a clear head. In this snippet from Peanuts and Eggcups, she's recalling the previous night. A night when she was supposed to be detoxing - with the exception of the 'medicinal' red wine she'd bought on the way home so as to achieve the recommended daily dose.

At one thirty in the morning, I'd had to cover one eye to see my way to the bathroom. The evening hadn't exactly gone according to plan. Pip, my adorable, loveable, gay neighbour from the flat downstairs, had accidentally locked himself out of his flat. Not 'the most reliable gay in the village' at the best of times. When I'd walked up the stairs, Pip had been sitting on the floor in our shared hallway outside his front door, merrily eating a Twix and grinning at me between mouthfuls. Of course when Pip explained what had happened, it seemed only right that he should come up to my flat while he waited for his boyfriend Andrew, the sensible one, to return home and rescue him. And seeing as I had bought the wine, it seemed only polite to open it and share it with him; he was my neighbour and it was a neighbourly thing to do. And of course, I couldn't really ration Pip so, when we finished the first glass, I poured him another and then, understandably, as he drank a second one, it seemed only polite that I keep him company and anyway I was now sure it was two glasses, and not one, that the body needed. And then of course when the first bottle was gone it seemed only polite, once again, to open the second bottle. I didn't want him to think I was stingy after all. And besides, by that time, I had decided that it was actually two bottles of red that were good for you. Yes, that was it, I'd remembered at last. And when Andrew scurried in from his office job in the city to collect Pip, it was only right that Pip should pop down to the offie to get another couple of bottles so that Andrew could catch up and we could carry on and I could achieve my red wine optimum daily dose. I would have gone myself, but even through my cloud of alcohol, I really didn't think I could face Charlie, his suggestive pinkie tunnel gestures and knowing looks again.

And then, for some unexplained reason, it had seemed like an excellent idea to play Twister and to drink Tequila shots - courtesy of Andrew - at the same time. Quite difficult when, in my case, my arms were either side of Pip's leg, my face was practically up his bottom and one leg was suspended in mid-air with a plastic daffodil in my sock. Andrew's idea not mine; pah, sensible indeed. Andrew on the other hand was prancing about the front room with a pair of my knickers on his head! My knickers!! And not even a good pair! (That might have made things marginally more acceptable) Goodness only knows where he had found them. I really, really hoped it hadn't been in the dirty washing pile on the floor of the kitchen.

So that's why I had a hangover. Red wine was bad enough on its own, but was seemingly lethal when mixed with tequila, and not very much food, on account of the fact that by the time we decided we were hungry the pizza place was shut so we only ate cold chicken and salad for one. Whose idea was it to detox anyway?

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Surely that's tempted you? Peanuts and Eggcups by Sara Mendes de Costa is available at Amazon here.



Love Lexie
xo

2 comments:

  1. Hello Lexie x Thank you so much for the wonderful review! That's really lovely of you and very much appreciated. Have a lovely day! Cheers, Sara Mendes da Costa :) xx

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    1. So glad you liked my review. It was a fab read! Have a nice day! Lexie xo

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