Title: The Lonely Fajita
Author: Abigail Mann
Expected publication: May 2020 by One More Chapter
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
The Blurb from Goodreads: Lonely Fajita: a person who is suddenly and unwillingly single.
It’s Elissa’s birthday, but her boyfriend doesn’t seem to care much – and she’s accidentally scheduled herself a cervical smear instead of birthday drinks.
Then there’s her borderline-psychotic boss, the fact she’s not making but losing money at her internship, and her sinking feeling she might not really be in love.
At least you can’t be lonely if you’re not alone. Right?
But Elissa’s just-good-enough existence is about to change, with single life, redundancy and homelessness all on the horizon. Signing up to live with an elderly person in return for free bed and board suddenly looks like her best option.
Elissa has no idea that Annie will turn out to be a woman of secrets and swearwords, and that living with her is about to shake up everything Elissa thought her twenties should be…
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Review: Belly laughs abound! Or so I expected from the hype….and in the beginning it truly was profoundly funny but by the end the humour had definitely petered out for me. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed this novel but I just didn’t find it hilarious.
I felt real affection for elderly widow Annie….but Elissa was difficult to relate to. I mean, What is she like? Working for expenses only, in a shite relationship with someone who couldn’t give her the time of day, flapping around, getting drunk – no self respect, no confidence, no sass. I often felt myself cringing when I know the author meant me to be laughing. She made some questionable choices and her whole journey toward self-discovery was a bit lacklustre.
Annie on the other hand …what a gorgeous old soul! I’d happily be her live-in companion. She was a delight! And the whole reason I ramped this book up to 4 stars from 3.
If you’re looking for a light and super quick read and don’t have too many expectations, this book might be for you. It’s entertaining enough without requiring too much thought or feeling…and sometimes that’s exactly what you need.
With thanks to the publisher for this eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.