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13 August 2014

Blog Tour: 'Courting Trouble' by Kathy Lette

Tilly has the day from hell when she's sacked from her barristers' chambers in the morning, then finds her husband in bed with her former best friend in the afternoon. She escapes to her mother, Roxy - a sassy solicitor whose outrageous take on men, work and family life is the despair of her more conventional daughter. Roxy comes up with a radical plan for their future - they'll set up an all-female law firm which will only champion women who have been cheated, put upon, attacked, ripped off or ruined by the men in their lives.

In court, Tilly finds herself up against Jack Cassidy, the smooth-talking, politically incorrect, legal love god who broke her heart at law school. Jack is fluent in three languages - English, sarcasm and flirtation. but if he's so loathsome, then why is she committing Acute Lust in the 3rd degree?

When a case lands on the doorstep that threatens to change all their lives, Tilly finds herself dangerously close to taking the law into her own hands. Will Jack's cunning ways and expertise in emotional break and enter derail her quest for justice? Or will the women take on the boys. and win?

Today I’m both honoured and excited to be part of the blog tour for Kathy Lette’s latest release titled ‘Courting Trouble’! Thanks to the lovely people at Transworld I received the opportunity to be part of the blog tour and review ‘Courting Trouble’, which will be released on the 14th of August. I have to admit I wasn’t familiar with Kathy Lette’s work before this book arrived on my doorstep, but while I did some research I discovered she has written 11 best-sellers and is described as one of the pioneering voices of contemporary feminism. I took some courses on feminist literature while I was at university, so this aspect of Kathy’s work definitely got me even more interested and I was curious to see what the book would be like!

‘Courting Trouble’ tells the story of Matilda, known as Tilly, who isn’t having the best time of her life, to say the least. She has just lost her job and on the same day she finds her husband in bed with her former best friend and archenemy. Tilly decides there’s nothing else to do but move back in with her mother until she has sorted things out again. Together they spontaneously decide to set up a mother-daughter, barrister-solicitor legal practice called Pandora's which only helps women who have gotten into trouble thanks to the men in their lives. Add Tilly’s hunky ex-boyfriend Jack, new love interested Nathaniel, and a rape case involving a grandmother and a gun, and Tilly has definitely got enough on her plate to deal with...

As soon as I started reading ‘Courting Trouble’, I had to take a bit of time to get used to the quick pace of the novel and Kathy Lette’s distinctive but enjoyable writing style. When I was fully emerged in the story, I really warmed to the main protagonist, Tilly, and her mother Roxy. They are the complete opposites of one another but both quite eccentric and likeable characters. I loved the idea of a mother-daughter law firm and the first case Tilly and Roxy take on is straight away quite a serious one, namely a rape case involving a grandmother who has shot two men for raping her granddaughter. I really felt myself going through the motions, together with the characters, wondering what would happen, not just in relation to the rape case but also to Tilly’s other personal troubles and tribulations.

At times I thought the book was perhaps a bit chaotic; I occasionally found myself re-reading certain passages because it was tricky to keep track of all the one-liners and switches from one thing to another. However, this is also something that fits with the author’s own unique writing style and didn’t ruin the reading experience for me. Kathy Lette has an outspoken voice and I really enjoyed how she deals with some serious current issues in this book. Overall, ‘Courting Trouble’ can be described as chick lit that will force you to think; a fun and quick-paced novel with a spoonful of seriousness and a touch of contemporary feminism.
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Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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