Finished March 20
The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (not Croft) by Lola Salt
This send-up of chicklit is written by the duo Becky Wicks and Sarah Alderson under the pen name Lola Salt.
Lara, an attractive 24-year-old British woman, has recently been dumped by her boyfriend Carlos, a performer in the Cirque de Feteesh-Folie, Dumped for a contortionist. And then she is fired from her job with the circus.
Lara lives in a room in the apartment of her best friend Lucy. She hasn't got any money saved up, and is worried about the upcoming rent payment.
She has a date set up with a childhood friend Jamie that she hasn't seen in years. Her mother has told her that he does something in IT. She envisions him as a geek, but is pleasantly surprised when she meets him that evening. Unfortunately she both drinks too much and has a bad reaction to the food, which makes her evening memorable in an unpleasant way. Jamie does however refer her to a guy who runs a concierge company for a job.
The concierge job leads Lara to a wide variety of places around the world, from a California amateur filmmaker to an Australian cowboy to a Dubai prince, she meets a number of interesting people, makes a new friend or two, and finds that what she really wants isn't what she thought.
The writers made a couple of youtube videos of characters in the novel. One from California is shown here and one from Bali here.
Humorous and surprising, this novel is a light-hearted read that will keep you amused throughout.