Title: Ralph’s Party
Author: Lisa Jewell
Genre: Domestic Romance
- Ralph – flatmate and host of the party
- Smith – Ralph’s best friend and flatmate
- Jem – new female flatmate
- Cheri – single femme fatale
- Karl – radio DJ and boyfriend
- Siobhan – Karl’s girlfriend
Meet the residents of the London brownstones, 31 Almanac Road who together weave a tangled web of romance. Ralph, a ne’er-do-well artist, suddenly realises he’s head over heels in love with his new flatmate Jem, the most fun and sensible girl he’s ever encountered. Unfortunately, Ralph’s best friend, Smith, has already won Jem’s affections, although Smith has not entirely given up his passion for the femme fatale, Cheri who lives upstairs. Across the hall, Karl and Siobhan have been happily unmarried for years, until Karl gets a smashing job as a London rush-hour DJ and momentarily gets tempted into Cheri’s cozy lair.
These six star-crossed tenants become more enamoured, and more confused, as the story progresses – until their true destinies are revealed on one crucial night – the evening of the extravaganza that is… Ralph’s party.
I have to be honest – as much as I enjoyed the storyline and the ending, this was a very slow and confusing start… i kept having to re-read pages to remember where I was and what was going, and it jumped around a lot which confused me even more. But stick it out and you will enjoy it.
Have you read it? What did you think?
Any other good book recommendations?