In the Name of Love by Katie Price

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In the Name of Love by Katie Price

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Category: Women's Fiction
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Sue Magee
Reviewed by Sue Magee
Summary: If you're looking for a good beach read about the rich then this might slip into the bag along with the suntan lotion.
Buy? Maybe Borrow? Yes
Pages: 400 Date: June 2012
Publisher: Century
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-846059612

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Charlie Porter is a television sports presenter who's recently broken up with her footballer boyfriend. She and her friend Zoe now refer to him as TFB. The first letter is for 'total' and the last casts doubts on his parentage. I'm sure that you can work the rest out for yourself. On a holiday to Barbados (Zoe's footballer boyfriend forgot her birthday, you see...) she meets Felipe Castillo, a central figure in the Spanish Eventing team and hotly tipped for an Olympic medal. There's an almost immediate attraction - after Charlie has given him a piece of her mind because of his attitude to a waiter - but there are one or two difficulties in the way of their relationship.

Felipe is allergic to journalists. They live in different countries. Charlie is from a working class background whilst Felipe is related to the Spanish Royal Family. His mother has someone else in mind for him - and she's much more suitable. Charlie's brother is in prison and, oh yes, did I mention that Charlie is phobic about horses after a riding accident? It's quite a lot for Charlie to cope with on top of a difficult working relationship with someone in the studio and some anonymous letters which are vaguely threatening.

Katie Price is a business woman. It's long been common for celebrities to have their autobiographies ghost written but Price has taken the principle one step further and her novels are ghost written by Rebecca Farnworth. The fact is there to be found in the book - but you will need to know where to look. So - forget that the book is 'Katie Price'. She has input but isn't the writer.

If you're looking for a beach read then the book could well appeal. It's a story not so much of how the other half live but of how the top 2% spend their money. Drink, drugs, sex and expensive fripperies - they're all there. Women are stick thin (with the occasional size 12 fatty for contrast) and men are impossibly handsome. Characterisation is uncomfortably close to caricature on occasion with men and women living up to their stereotypes and a couple of people having road-to-Damascus conversions about their evil ways.

It is a good story though. I occasionally wanted to smack both Charlie and Felipe and tell them to talk to each other and sort the problems out, but if they had done the book could well have been three hundred pages shorter. Die-hard fans of the Katie Price franchise will love it and wish it was longer. There's real tension in the last part of the book and even a cynic like me was keen to know how it worked out.

I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to the Bookbag.

We've also enjoyed Crystal from the same stable.

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