Review: 'The Beginner's Guide to the Birds and the Bees' by Sophie Hart (2014)
Sex therapist Annie Hall helps couples put the fizz back into their relationships. It’s a shame her own love life is non-existent. When Jamie who works next door catches her eye, she can’t ignore the spark of chemistry.
Most men would jump at the chance to skive off work for an afternoon quickie with their gorgeous wife, but Nick knows Julia is after only one thing – a baby. Sex shouldn’t be a chore. Can Annie help Julia see that?
Newly engaged Zoe and Simon can’t keep their hands off each other. They’ve decided to take a vow of celibacy until their wedding night. Will Annie help them stick to it?
Roy and Linda have been married for over thirty years but she’s more interested in the family business than getting intimate with him. Can Annie convince Linda to rediscover her passion for Roy after all this time?
While Annie begins to work her magic with the three couples, she soon discovers that she’ll need to take some of her own advice if she’s going to let a new man into her life.
Today is the release date of Sophie Hart’s new novel ‘The Beginners Guide to the Birds and the Bees’ and I’m incredibly excited to share my review of the book with all of you! The lovely Kim at Bookouture made sure I received a review copy of the book and I couldn’t wait to read it. I immediately loved the description of the story, and the cover is lovely as well. Some of you might be familiar with Sophie Hart’s novel ‘The Naughty Girls Book Club’ which was released in 2013. Unfortunately, I haven’t managed to read it myself yet, but I’ve heard so many positive things I really looked forward to getting stuck in her new release!
Sex therapist Annie Hall is there to help couples overcome the troubles in their relationships and it’s something she loves and is really good at. Nick and Julia have been married for several years and are trying to have a baby. This has slowly become an obsession for Julia which is only pushing Nick further and further away. Zoe and Simon have just got engaged and can't keep their hands off each other. To challenge themselves they want to turn their wedding night into something special by taking a vow of celibacy for 6 months. Roy and Linda have been married for over thirty years but the excitement has left their relationship. Roy wants nothing more than to be close with Linda again, but she only seems to care about the family flower shop instead of their marriage. Annie has her hands full with her new three couples, but then she meets Jamie, who works in the same building as her. There are definitely sparks between them, but will Annie be able to follow the advice she has been giving others for years for a change?
Wow, what an absolutely amazing read! I loved this book from the first letter to the last full stop and I never wanted it to end. Sophie Hart is a fabulous author and her writing style is so easy to get into and just the right pace. The topic of the book is sex, but Sophie deals with it in a fabulous way, highlighting everything that comes with this topic, such as relationships, love, comfort, and trust. I really enjoyed the fact that there were several storylines. Annie is a great main character who is understanding, trustworthy, warm and I couldn’t help but root for her from the start.
The other three couples whose stories we get to follow are different and interesting in their own way, and I fell in love with all of them. There’s a great mix of characters: young and old, male and female, outspoken and shy... Just a brilliant mix. It was great to join these couples on their relationship journeys, and there is even some great advice hidden in the novel here and there. Like I said, this book is fantastic and one of my favourite reads of 2014 so far. “The Beginners Guide to the Birds and the Bees’ is an amazing, uplifting romantic comedy that chick lit fans will hopefully adore as much as I did!