Book Review: Phoebe Smith’s Private Blog

Fashion conscious Phoebe Smith wants only one thing: a date for the works party in six weeks time. She embarks on a journey to find her man and keeps a private blog of all her disastrous encounters. But when her four-year-old nephew gets in to her account, Phoebe’s problems only just begin. With Tinder calamities, a male escort and pork pie addiction, Phoebe tackles her biggest problem: the just too irritating Harry Bloom. Come with Phoebe on her search for the perfect man and see who will accompany her to the party in this hilarious romantic comedy novel.


If anybody has experienced dates that will make you want to jump off a cliff, it’s Phoebe Smith. With only 6 weeks to go until the Guildhall Ball and being newly single after her boyfriend Ashby ended things, Phoebe is on a mission to find a man worthy enough to be her date and maybe even more. Her best friend’s Mak and Imogen are here to save the day with a help from an app you all may know as ‘Tinder’ and her sister’s husband is ready to swoop in as a arm to hold, but surely Phoebe can find her own date? She can’t be that bad, right?

Personally, although Tinder is the go to app to find your true love, I truly don’t see the hype in Tinder and all men you come across end up being complete disasters. I believe it’s rare that you’ll find the love of your life on that app and just like Phoebe, she didn’t see the point in it either, however, there was no harm in at least trying the app out and seeing what results she could find. My gosh did she find some strange ones on there!

As a blogger myself, I loved seeing a blog play such a huge role in Phoebe’s story. Her blog posts had me giggling all the time, a lot of her dating stories were complete gold and although she didn’t want them to be seen by everybody, the mistake of a four year old began her path to fame.

All of the characters had such quirky personalities and made you laugh no matter what, you had the judgemental snobby women, the two best friends, the sister who was always squirting milk left, right and centre out of her breasts, a racist mother, an escort, horrific dates with mind numbing men and then we have Harry Bloom, the man Phoebe hated with a passion but also the man she couldn’t stop thinking about. I understood why Phoebe would feel some sort of anger towards Harry as his father is the man who could possibly have Phoebe kicked out of her apartment, however, Harry was not like his father and I found myself becoming stressed at Phoebe for only thinking the worst and not giving Harry the opportunities to defend himself. Even though she could be a cold hearted witch to him, Harry was always a gentlemen and by the end you see it totally starts rubbing off on Phoebe.

This is the first book I’ve read of Lynda Renham’s and I am delighted that this was my first as she is such an incredible and comedic writer, I kept coming back for more. Her writing style is witty and delightful, you will find yourself laughing out loud and agreeing with so much of Phoebe’s tragic situations. I can’t wait to invest in more of Lynda’s books because I am 100% sure they will also be a wonderful read, just as this one was.

Purchase the book HERE.

Shelby xxx



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