#BookReview ~ Granny with Benefits by Marilyn Bennett @mbennett_author @matadorbooks

Grace is thirty-nine and not remotely convinced that life begins at forty.

When her grandmother dies she volunteers to pick up her belongings from the sheltered accommodation. It is the last place she expects to have a chance encounter with the first man she has been instantly attracted to in a very long time, particularly as she is dressed almost head to toe in her grandmother’s clothing and accessories.

Grace’s granny alter ego elicits a conversation with the man about love, death and the universe, which she is convinced would not have happened otherwise. This inspires her to throw caution to the wind and turn what should have been a simple case of mistaken identity into a dating introduction opportunity for the real her. A decision which sets Grace on a rollercoaster adventure of lies, secrets and lust, making her thirty ninth year one she won’t forget, but might well regret…

  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (12 Jan. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N10W5NG

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My Review

I was approached to read this book and judging by the title I had it in my mind it was going to be about a ‘poor’ old granny living on benefits! I was way off target and that will teach me to read the blurb or even look at the cover before forming an opinion.

In fact it surprised me by how refreshingly different it is. A story full of humour but also tinged with sadness when Grace inspects her life. She is approaching forty and needs a miracle if she is going to find life truly begins then. She is wanting to change and head in a new direction but I never would have thought of her approach.

She was in her own little world of memories clearing her deceased grandmother’s things from the sheltered home when in walks a gorgeous man to view the room. Now this wouldn’t have been a problem ordinarily but he picked the precise moment that Grace was trying on granny’s clothes and wig! Absolutely mortified she remains in ‘character’ while she talks to him and from there on her problems begin.

A whole lifestyle story unfolds whereby Dale and Grace (Louise) begin to form friendships and she is in a dilemma trying to juggle the two women. Grace fancies Dale or HoL (Heaven on Legs) as she dubs him but feels he has a deeper relationship with ‘Louise’. 

All begins to become fraught when friends and family start to suspect or unravel the scam. I really enjoyed the way Grace develops, she has to realise that being single isn’t so bad. She has a gorgeous nephew but doesn’t seem to have any maternal instinct at that time, there are some classic giggle moments. 

I’m not sure I would get along with Grace if I met her but Dale could certainly be entertained! 

As I said this is something different from the usual boy/girl romance and it was nice to read in that respect. It shows how tense some friendships/relationships can be when put under pressure. As it got towards the end I was anxious about the outcome .. all I will say is I hope there will be another book.

Thanks to the author, Netgalley and Debbie Elliott at Cameron Publicity for the ARC .. I read and reviewed voluntarily. 

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