Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for my place on the tour for this wonderfully entertaining romantic comedy.
What if wishes really could come true?
When Jinnie Cooper is dumped by her fiancé, and exiled to a job in an antiques shop in a sleepy Scottish village, little does she know a battered old lamp is about to shake up her life.
Genie Dhassim grants wishes. But he also wants a few of his own to come true. Letting him explore the outside world proves nerve-wracking as Dhassim has an uncanny knack of putting his pointy-slippered foot in it.
As Jinnie grows closer to her employer Sam, Dhassim discovers his time on earth is running out.
Can both Jinnie and Dhassim find true happiness? Or are those wishes that cannot be granted?
This was such a great modern retelling of the old genie fairy-tale: funny, magical, and wonderfully romantic!
First of all, let me say, this was my first book written by Audrey Davis, and definitely won’t be the last. She has a great sense of humour and we all need a bit of that these days.
We meet Jinnie Cooper, the kind and selfless protagonist of the book, as she moves in her new shoe-box flat in Cranley, a little village just outside Edinburgh. Jinnie’s fiance Mark decided to break off their engagement, saying he isn’t attracted to her any more, so now Jinnie is jobless and in dire need of a new start in her life. Cranley is all she can afford, but little does Jinnie know how welcoming the inhabitants of Cranley are going to be and how many great friendships she is going to make. Very soon Audrey finds herself doing not one, but two part-time jobs. One of which is in an old antiques shop where she picks an old oil lamp in desperate need of a bit of loving care. Yes, the inevitable happens and Jinnie’s life complicates immensely by the appearance of a feisty genie called Dhassim.
I loved the fabulous character cast Audrey Davies created in this book. Your heart will go to Jinnie who needs to understand herself and her own wishes a bit better. I loved the descriptions of her family, but my favourite character in the book is definitely Wilma, Audrey’s eighty-six year old grandmother, and her quirky mix of interests that include tea leaf reading and Twitter. Then there is a whole lot of the village inhabitants: lonely baker Jo with a heart of gold, the local pub owner Ken whose wife of thirty odd years has the early onset Alzheimer’s disease, Angela, a single mother and a recovering alcoholic and Sam, a divorcee with a very complicated relationship with his ex-wife. In short, there are plenty of serious issues the characters have to deal with.
There’s a great sense of community that permeates this lighthearted modern take on the genie story. I was impressed by the kindness the people of Cranley show to each other in this magical story. All characters are likeable (with the exception of Jinnie’s ex, of course!). There might be space for a sequel (or two) set in this friendly little village.
A Wish for Jinnie is light-hearted, humorous story that will entertain you and make you think about showing kindness to people around you.
Thank you to the author and Rachel from Rachel’s Random resources for the review copy provided in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.
About the author:
Audrey Davis is a Scottish-born former journalist, now resident in Switzerland. Her newspaper career saw her cover events in Northern Ireland and the Falkland Islands, as well as working for a London-based movie magazine writing reviews and carrying out interviews.
She self-published her debut romantic comedy novel A Clean Sweep in June 2017, following an online Open University course in Writing Fiction.
Audrey followed up with a short, darker prequel A Clean Break before beginning work on a rom-com novella trilogy with a ghostly twist – The Haunting of Hattie Hastings. Again, reviews across the board were excellent, and it was combined into a standalone novel in November 2018.
A Wish For Jinnie is her third standalone novel.
Apart from writing, Audrey enjoys travel and spends a lot of time in Edinburgh. She is an avid cook, watcher of scary movies and reluctant gym-goer.
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