The fabulous Pippa Franks’ debut novel, “The OMG Test”, is available now at Amazon. It’s a feelgood, heartwarming book, and I absolutely loved it!
Like Jane Austen’s Emma, Olivia Daly can’t resist the urge to meddle, but her Bridget Jones touch means things usually go awry.
Shop manager Olivia’s well-intentioned interfering stems from a fear of change. When friends talk of leaving, she quakes in her stilettos (or sensible work shoes). These shoes must stay a step ahead to prevent this from happening.
Commitment is not at the top of Olivia’s ‘To Do List’. However, four friends with learning difficulties, dubbed ‘Olivia’s Misunderstood Gang’ (OMG), think otherwise. They devise a test for potential boyfriend/husband candidates. Olivia approves of the test, with the intention of using it to find ideal – and more importantly, – local matches for best friends Jasmine, Melissa and Sebastian.
When enigmatic shop-fitter Connor gate-crashes her life and heart, Olivia conscientiously puts him through The OMG Test, ‘for anyone who may be interested,’ refusing to admit how she feels.
As the test progresses, Connor passes each aspect with flying colours.Yet he does appear to be hiding something. But unless it’s a wife and kids, does it warrant a fail? After all, there’s no such thing as the perfect man…even women aren’t perfect all the time…
I was hooked from the very first page: “I’ve never been in love, and never intend to be”, and by the end of the first scene, I was already smiling. “The OMG Test” unfolds flawlessly and it’s clear that the author has a real gift for creating strong characters.
I liked the main character, Olivia Daly, from the beginning. Although she’s a bit of a control freak, it’s only because she is afraid of change and it’s her fear of change that prompts her to meddle in her friends’ love lives with some unexpected results.
“Olivia’s Misunderstood Gang” brings out her kind and vulnerable side. There is a wonderful cast of characters, and every character has depth, which makes a refreshing change from other novels where the secondary characters seem more like sidekicks than friends.
I loved everything about this book–it’s clever and modern, with a unique twist on a romantic story. The narrative was fresh and well-plotted,the characters likable and easy to relate to. It’s an emotional, humorous, heart-warming book. I really enjoyed the fact that Olivia
overcame past hurts and discovered her inner strength and so much more.
I can’t recommend “The OMG Test” enough and I’m already looking forward to Ms. Franks’ second novel. 5 stars all the way!
About the Author:
Pippa Franks was born in the pretty seaside town of Whitby, North Yorkshire. It’s famous for connections with Captain Cook, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the best fish & chips! She now lives in Warwickshire with her husband and rescue dog, Bailey.
Pippa started writing her debut novel around ten years ago, then life got in the way. But she’s delighted to have finally published ‘The OMG Test.’ Her second book will follow shortly.
She is learning to speak Spanish simply because she loves the language. She also loves chocolate, wine and the sun, in no particular order. But if pushed, vino may just take the edge!
Pippa would love to hear from readers and other authors by any of the following means:
Blog: http://pippafranks.blogspot.co.uk where she regularly posts, including her ‘Weekly Witter.’