Other People’s Business by Hollie Moat #Humour and Satire @HJMoat



Some cupid kills with arrows, some with traps…

Bee and Ben haven’t always hated each other, but they certainly hate each other now. They hate each other so much that it threatens to derail the wedding of their best friends, Imogen and Will.

But then something unthinkable happens and turns everything on its head. Within the wedding party, some hearts swell and others are broken, but will anyone work out that relationships are rarely quite what they seem?
This modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing explores the idea of whether we’re ever really in control of our own romantic destiny and if true love really can conquer all.



Now let me say first that I love reading any Shakespeare books, so when I first saw that this was a modern take on his ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ I was very intrigued, in fact I was like a moth to a light I just couldn’t help myself. I had to read this book and what a pure delight it has been.

The story begins with tensions running high, at one of the most stressful times of anyone’s life, getting married. Are the flowers ordered, the venues confirmed, bridesmaids gifts bought, oh so much to do, especially when the hubby to be has been away on business for a month.  Not only is he coming home, he is also brining his boss and three other people he works with, with him. A little bit of a con really, with Lawrence, the grooms boss, manipulating the whole thing into a bit of a works lets bond  together exercise.

Now the story is told in alternative chapters between Ben, the groom’s bestie and working buddy Will and Bee the Brides cousin and bestie that was actually brought up by Imogen’s dad after their mums were tragically killed 20 years ago in a car accident. Now talk about love because Will and Imogen are like the Disney Princess and Handsome Prince just destined to be together. So sweet. Then of course there is Ben and Bee who just bounce off each other literally as there is a past between them that has never really gone away. The humour from these two in both thought and deed is just  brilliant.

There are some really sad moments in this story but if we didn’t have the bad times how would we be able to count our blessing. There are times when we have to stop trying to please other people and really listen to what we know is right. Although there are some really funny chapters. This is a story of ‘I know the truth but I am not going to tell you I know because it is too much fun watching you trying to keep a secret’. I wanted to hiss and boo at the bad guys every time I saw their names. This is such a fun book.  A super Shakespearean comedy retold in modern society superbly. Loved it!



H.J. Moat is a journalist who has written for Glamour, Q, Esquire and Arena. She is currently the Editor of the award winning, international Fashion website Farfetch.

Twitter @HJMoat

the link to buy the book is here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Other-Peoples-Business-HJ-Moat-ebook/dp/B071D2LW2L/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493583380&sr=8-1&keywords=hj+moat




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