Title: The Neighbours
Author: Nicola Gill
Publisher: Avon Books
Meet Ginny, 34, and Cassie, 55. Neighbours, and (very) unlikely friends.
Some women have it all. Others are thirty-four, renting a tiny flat alone because they recently found their long-term boyfriend in bed with their boss. Unfortunately, the latter applies to Ginny Taylor. Single and jobless, Ginny is certain her life can’t get any worse. But then she encounters her downstairs neighbour for the very first time…
Cassie Frost is a woman who had it all – she was a once-loved actress, but a recent stint on reality TV has rocketed her to online infamy. She’s suddenly become a national hate figure – and she desperately needs a new publicist. And Ginny is a publicist who desperately needs a job… but can she be persuaded to work for the uber-difficult, excessively prickly woman that lives below her floorboards?
Because sometimes – just sometimes – bad neighbours become good friends…
The Neighbours is a sweet, feel-good story – the type I don’t tend to read often, but which makes me wonder why I don’t! 34 year old Ginny is a likable character who I instantly warmed to, although at times she seems very short-sighted, whilst Cassie (in her 50s) is very different to her but also likable in her own way.
There’s some important issues covered in this novel, including depression and the way it can affect anyone, whatever their circumstances or personal wealth, and this theme adds another (important) layer to this seemingly light-hearted story.
Ginny and Cassie have a unique and surprising friendship but it works, and it shows the power of female friendships, whilst Ginny’s romantic relationships are definitely less stable. Some of the situations seem ridiculous but they add humour and sweetness, making this a must-ready for anyone who fancies a touch of escapism!