SOPHIE’S TURN is three hundred and eighteen pages of indulgent, chick lit romance. The story centres around a young woman, Sophie, as she attempts to choose between a turbulent life with her fantasy man, successful rock band vocalist Dan, or the security of her relationship with her fiancé Tim. SOPHIE’S TURN chronicles Sophie’s emotional crises, her soul searching, the odd fashion faux pas and occasional work place drama, culminating in a most unexpected, and very satisfying, conclusion. Oh yes, and there’s plenty of sexy fun and rock music along the way.
The author, Nicky Wells’s, skill with words makes SOPHIE’S TURN a very easy book to read. Nicky’s sentences flow beautifully, and the narrative is never clumsy or repetitive. Sophie’s honest, vivacious personality comes across well, and she seems more like a personal friend than a character in a book. All the characters, and their relationships with each other, are very well developed and always believable. Living the rock star dream with Sophie was great fun, and I was more than happy with the choice she ultimately made. I’m afraid I didn’t read the epilogue; in my experience epilogues tend to be pure indulgence on the part of the author, and don’t actually enhance the reader experience at all. As Nicky has penned a sequel to SOPHIE’S TURN, called ‘SOPHIE’S RUN’, there will be ample opportunity to catch up with Sophie and her friends very soon.
The only thing about SOPHIE’S TURN I didn’t like was the curious mix of British and American English used throughout the book. The humour, the characters, their lifestyles, the places in which they live are all uniquely British, as are words and phrases like ‘mobile phones’ and ‘watching telly’. Therefore, American spelling and American words such as ‘gotten’ and ‘vacation’ had no place in SOPHIE’S TURN. As a British author myself I would definitely favour (favour spelt with a u!) British English for such a British book; but I have to confess this is a subject on which I can sometimes be a little pedantic!
I would definitely recommend SOPHIE’S TURN to my friends. My female friends, that is; I’m sure the fact that SOPHIE’S TURN is classed as ‘chick lit’ is quite enough to suggest that it isn’t a man’s book! It’s definitely a ‘curl up on the sofa with time to yourself’ sort of book. Reading SOPHIE’S TURN was like spending time with my closest friends, and left me with the same happy glow that comes from enjoying a good, girlie chat. Although SOPHIE’S TURN is very light reading material, it also gives the reader plenty of food for thought. What advice would I have given Sophie? Would I have made a similar choice? There are other questions, but to share them would risk giving too much away about SOPHIE’S TURN. I’ve lived the dream with Sophie. Now it’s your turn.