What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
Imogen has come to London to make it as a writer. At least, that was the plan. Finding herself in a dead-end job serving coffee to hipsters was not on her to-do list. And even if gorgeous colleague Declan does give her more of a buzz than a triple-shot cappuccino, Imogen can feel her dreams evaporating faster than the steam from an extra-hot latte.
Until her anonymous tell-all blog about London’s rudest customers goes viral – and suddenly, Imogen realises that landing the worst job in the world might just be the best thing that’s ever happened to her! As long as she can keep her identity to herself…
Imogen is living the dream…sort of. Well she is living my dream. She has moved to London and is trying to make it as a writer. She is living in a crappy flat, with no money, no job and no writing prospects. Things are looking grim but when she finally gets employment (albeit in the service industry – not media) she actually embarks on a whirlwind adventure that gets her everything that she wants. Make me want to pack my bag and move to London right now.
Ok, so Imogen seems to have the fairytale experience of ‘all’s well that ends well’ but AL Michael has created a really realistic story and lifelike characters in If You Don’t Know Me By Now. Imogen has her trials and tribulations and she battles her way through them. You never feel like she is grumbling about her lot in life. She just gets on with things. I think that is what actually makes her very likeable. You watch her blossom from an insecure little girl into a fighter. She works hard for everything she gets and it is nice to see a protagonist who isn’t relying on everyone else to make her happy.
One thing is for sure and that is that AL Michael has a finger firmly on the pulse of contemporary romance.
If You Don’t Know Me By Now by AL Michael is available now.
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