BOOK CLUB: Make or Break

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Author: Catherine Bennetto
Publication Date:
August 2018
Simon & Schuster
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Catherine Bennetto is a new author to me, this is her second book and it is already getting some very positive reviews on Goodreads.

Make or Break is said to contain witty and realistic dialogue, which I think is a very important element of a character driven story. I also think dialogue can be one of the toughest elements to nail because it needs to have the flow and feel of real conversation. You need to be able to hear it in your head and not just be reading it off the page.

Jess is a Londoner coming up on 30 who is about to head off on a surprise trip with her long term boyfriend, Pete, for her best friend’s wedding in South Africa. Jess is picturing sun, sand, safaris… and wine. She’s also imagining returning home weighed down by the weight on her left hand.

Unfortunately tis trip isn’t quite what Jess had planned and she finds her world a little skewed, soon to get even worse.

Make or Break is a romantic comedy that has been compared to some of the great names of the genre and it is sure to go down a treat with readers

Catherine Bennetto can be found on her Website and Twitter.

Make or Break is available through Simon & Schuster, Angus and Robertson Bookworld, Booktopia and where all good books are sold.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster 10 of our lucky Beauty and Lace Club Members will be reading Make or Break so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments below.

11 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: Make or Break

  1. I’ve read Catherine’s first book (titled How Not To Fall In Love, Actually) and after reading it, I knew that I would automatically look for and read any future works of hers as I really enjoyed it.
    So when I saw that this book was available to review a part of Beauty & Lace book club, I was hoping to get selected, and so glad I did. Make Or Break didn’t disappoint!

    The main character is 29 year-old Jess, who lives in London, works full-time, and has quite an anxious nature.
    She is in a committed long-term relationship with her boyfriend Pete, (he is a PE teacher’s assistant and loves partaking in various fitness-related adventures).
    Jess is very close to her family – her loving parents, and her sister Annabelle, who is a single mum to two adorable children, Hunter, and Katie.

    When Jess is invited to her best friend’s last-minute wedding in South Africa, she is excited to go along with Pete, and even toys with the idea of proposing to him..
    But unfortunately for Jess, the holiday doesn’t go according to plan, and she is faced with quite a few dilemmas in her personal life.
    There are a lot of things that happen and some really nice characters that enter the scene at this stage, and I am struggling to provide a review without elaborating too much as to what occurs…
    I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say that this is a really fun romantic comedy, but with some serious topics thrown in to the mix.
    I adored Jess, she’s totally relatable; I found myself nodding along in agreement on several occasions with the decisions she makes. She is very funny and sweet, and she cares a lot about her family.
    The settings of Cape Town were described really well and allows the reader a real sense of the lifestyle and surroundings of South Africa.
    The title of the book has a second story behind it which I wasn’t expecting, and I thought that was quite clever.
    I would gladly recommend this book. It is a really fun and easy read.

  2. Thank you for the opportunity to read Make or Break by Catherine Bennetto.

    The book centres on Jess who is 29 and from London. She spends a lot of time with her sister Annabelle and her two children Hunter and Katie, helping look after them. Jess’s boyfriend Pete whisks her away to South Africa for her best friends wedding and a chance to have some time together.

    This doesn’t quite go to plan. Jess worries a lot and there seem a lot of dangers in South Africa and her and Pete are not reconnecting as well as she’d hoped (she was hoping to get a diamond over there). There are many changes during her two weeks there and her life will never be the same.

    When Jess gets some she has some decisions to make, and it seems everyone around her is changing also, so she needs to get her head around this. Without giving the plot away I love the way this is done and had many laughs along the way and a lot of ‘I get where she was coming from’ moments. Jess grows a lot during this time, matures, but stays true to who she is.

    I really enjoyed this book which flowed easily and made me happy. I will definitely be looking for Catherine’s first book.

  3. What a lovely book! It did remind me of the Sophie Kinsella ‘Shopaholic’ books. ‘Make or Break’ is a fun, happy, easy to read book. I read the majority of it in one day, while I was home sick with a migraine. It made me laugh and feel good and it was nice to read something like that.

    I’ve never heard of Catherine Benetto before, but I’m a prolific reader and am now really keen to see what else she has written. Thank you Beauty and Lace for making me laugh with this book >:o)

  4. The main character Jess is a beautifully written neurotic, loveable, unfiltered delight. It follows her incredibly codependent family and her reluctant holiday away from them, where she uncovers a secret that could destroy everything she thinks she knows. Sometimes you discover who you really are when things are falling spectacularly apart.

    The book is a fun rom com that was perfect for a weekend read. If this gets optioned for a film I’d be first in line to see it. Read it – you won’t be disappointed!

  5. This story follows Jess from London. She spends a lot of time with her sister Annabelle and her two children Hunter and Katie, helping look after them and she feels that Annabelle wont survive without the extra help. Jess’s boyfriend Pete surprises her with a trip to South Africa for her best friends wedding

    Jess spends most of her time worrying about the natural disasters waiting to happen (ie wildlife) in South Africa and ends up causing the rift between her and Pete to grow and he decides to gallivant around with a local. She also is caught up in family drama….she saw her dad in South Africa….wasnt he supposed to be working? And who was that woman he was with?!

    Jess meets a lovely South African local and is instantly adored by him, his brother and his brothers Partner. Question is what will happen to their friendship once she goes back home and is slapped in the face by reality

    I really enjoyed this story it was full of laughs and a few tears and a lot of suspense

  6. This is the first book I have read of Catherine Bennetto’s and I really enjoyed it. Jess is from London and being nearly 30 she thinks her life is slotting into place. She is very close with her family and thinks they will not be able to cope without her when she leaves on a trip to South Africa for her best friend’s wedding. This is also a trip with her long term boyfriend Pete, and she imagines it will be the perfect time for him to propose. Things don’t go quite as planned and her life changes over the course of the trip and when she returns home.and we follow along on the decisions she makes.
    Jess is a relatable, real character that I enjoyed reading about and I would recommend this to any one who enjoys a fun, easy to read novel. I look forward to reading her first book in the future.
    Thanks Beauty and Lace and Simon and Schuster for the opportunity to read this book.

  7. I absolutely loved reading this book. A delightful light hearted read which I couldn’t put down.
    A few surprises along the way with an unexpected ending
    I will be on the lookout for more books by Catherine Bennetto in the future

  8. A first I thought I wouldn’t be able to get into the story, as main character Jess, was really neurotic and annoying, but I persevered, and am so glad I did.
    To see her whole life be turned upside down, when she pretty much had it all mapped out in her head, made for a brilliant story. Twists and turns, laughter and tears, and BIG secrets and lies, made this a page turner.
    To see the main characters grow and evolve as each chapter ran into the next, was great. I loved it.
    Thank you Beauty & Lace and to Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read this book. I’ll definitely be looking out for more from Catherine Bennetto.

  9. I was excited to have the opportunity to read Make or Break as part of the Beauty and Lace book club. Catherine Bennetto is an author that I am familiar with and she didn’t disappoint! This romantic comedy with a twist follows the main character, Jess, as she attends her best friend’s wedding in South Africa. Her romantic, sun safari holiday ideas don’t come to fruition as she is faced with some serious quandaries. This book is witty and heart felt and was easy to read. I would happily recommend it.

  10. I adored this book. Like another reviewer mentions, it reminded me Sophie Kinsella’s style of writing also. Easy to read, plenty of laughs and yet easy to relate to. I’ve not read this author before so it’s always nice to discover someone who’s writing really appeals and I can’t wait to discover what other books she’s written. Some of the plot developments were a little predictable, but I think it kind of goes with the territory of chick-lit category books. It doesn’t make the book any less fun to read.

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