[Book Review]: From Notting Hill with Love…Actually – Ali McNamara

From Notting Hill with Love... Actually (Actually #1)

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: She was just a girl, standing in front of a boy . . . wishing he looked more like Hugh Grant.

Scarlett loves the movies. But does she love sensible fiancé David just as much? With a big white wedding on the horizon, Scarlett really should have decided by now . . .

When she has the chance to house-sit in Notting Hill – the setting of one of her favourite movies – Scarlett jumps at the chance. But living life like a movie is trickier than it seems, especially when her new neighbour Sean is so irritating. And so irritatingly handsome, too.

Scarlett soon finds herself starring in a romantic comedy of her very own: but who will end up as the leading man?


What a great novel! I absolutely loved this book from beginning to end. Maybe the fact that I just love Hugh Grant aswell and have watched Notting Hill a hundred times might have something to do with it, but it was a very clever written novel- definitely unlike any story I’ve ever written, which is always refreshing.

When I first came across it on Goodreads, I read some reviews and they weren’t all that positive, but sometimes you have to read things for yourself and make your own judgement on them, which I’m so glad I did.

This is the first of three novels in this ‘Love’ series and I cannot wait to read the next two!

Reading this made me feel like I was actually watching a romantic comedy, not reading a book and it was just fabulous!
The character’s all played a good part and I think they were all necessary to have in the story, they all contributed to making the story as great as it was.

Being a romantic comedy story, it is quite predicable from the get go but most Rom-Com’s are aren’t they?
For anyone who loves Bridget Jones’ Diary, Notting Hill and Love Actually – then you’re sure to love reading this book. The comparison’s fit in perfectly with Scarlett’s life and she always manages to find herself in a movie situation. It’s very clever of Ali McNamara. A well written novel.

It’s a very easy one day read, not to mention very addictive- I couldn’t put it down!

Stay tuned for book 2 review!

❤ MeLzY

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