A Girl Called London by Clare Lydon is the latest installment in the London franchise, following on from London Calling and This London Love. In this book Sophie London keeps running into (quite literally) a beautiful but rude woman who turns out to be her new upstairs neighbour, Tanya Grant.
With a new job, and a messy family life that she is trying to navigate, Tanya is preoccupied and not herself when she meets gorgeous blonde, dog walker Sophie. When Tanya’s beloved grandmother dies leaving behind her dog Delilah, her life seems to start falling apart, but with the help of her new friend Sophie she begins to put back together the pieces, and will discover a new one, love, that was not there before.
Life just kind of happens to Sophie London, she manages to lose her job and lover in one fell swoop and then falls into being a dog walker. On the opposite end of the spectrum there is ambitious and prickly Tanya Grant who is a corporate lawyer.
However despite these major differences, these two just fit together, they are a great counter balance to each other and they make a charming pair.
The Writing Style
Clare Lydon is the queen of British contemporary romance, she manages to spin a well paced story that does not rely on excessive drama to drive the story. The writing in A Girl Called London is snappy, clean and at times funny.
What I enjoy about this particular lesbian romance fiction franchise is that it is not a series in the traditional sense, following two characters over several books. Instead each of the London novels focuses on two new main characters while old friends from the other books pop in as peripheral characters every now and then. This is amazing for world build and building familiarity without having to rely on two characters to drive the story.
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A Girl Called London is a lovely contemporary lesbian romance which can be enjoyed even if you have not read the books that come before it. If you have never read Lydon, go ahead and pick this up. If you are already a fan of this series, what are you still doing here? Go get it!
Excerpt from A Girl Called London by Clare Lydon
“I’m dying to meet her. You think she might be lured out here by the scent of you moving in?”
“The scent of me arriving?” Tanya repeated. “What on earth does that mean?” Alice gave her a slow smile.
“You know, lesbian speak. When one moves into the building, the others get a tingle in their spider senses and flock to help. Or offer herbal teas, that sort of thing.”
“I don’t drink herbal tea.”
“That’s because you’re a very bad lesbian, we’ve already established that. Meat-eater, no pets, capitalist, severe lack of chequered shirts.”
“When you’re done with my character assassination, let me know,” Tanya replied as lift stopped at floor 30.
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Bits and Bobs
- ISBN number: 9781912019564
- Publisher: Custard Books
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Note: I received a free review copy of A Girl Called London by Clare Lydon. No money was exchanged for this review. I will always review books as honestly as possible and on occasion I refuse to review books.