Review: Penny in London by Fisher Amelie

Synopsis for Penny in London

You know how everyone says when one door closes another one opens? At the time, you find this statement obnoxious as all get out because a) you don’t really know what the future holds, it certainly hasn’t been a cakewalk so far, and b) the thought of change is unbearable. You feel like your life is falling apart and everyone around is feeding you clichés like they’re made out of kale or quinoa or whatever the trend health food is right now. You don’t want kale clichés, you want double-chocolate fudge realisms, and you want them now. You just want things the way they were, but then something happens, a moment, an instant that sets you out on a path toward happiness you never knew could exist, and suddenly you think, huh, I don’t think I want double-chocolate fudge anymore. I think I’m in the mood for this heaping serving of strawberry cheesecake sitting in front of me…with a side of kale. And a pair of split pants, but we won’t get into that right now.

Graham Glenn may have tossed her in, but Oliver Finn made her feel again.


I’d like to start off by stating that the synopsis for Penny in London does not do it justice. It had me a bit confused on what to expect, so I was pleasantly surprised when it ended up being a really good book. It was such a sweet romance and I fell in love with Penelope (I love that name!) and Oliver.

I pretty much knew right from the start that Graham was a jerk and was going to screw Penny over. I wasn’t the least bit surprised when he did, but what did catch me off guard were the events that followed. Penny was already in a bad situation having broken up with Graham, but it got a lot worse to the point that she ended up having to rely on Graham’s best friend Oliver; thus, the romance began, because Oliver was amazing!

Seriously, Oliver made me melt on my bedroom floor. I was a puddle of emotions. I wanted to jump into the book and take Oliver for myself. He was caring and so sweet! Also, he had a fascinating profession doing leather working. In all my years as a reader I have never read a character with such an interesting profession. It was so enjoyable to read about. I’ve only heard of leatherworking in the fantasy video games I play.

I also enjoyed how smoothly the book was written. There was no waiting around until the end of the book to find out what was troubling certain characters. Penny in London was a short enough story that it got to the point quickly, but not too quickly that it felt rushed. Really, it was perfectly paced. I was even surprised with the plot twist – I don’t know about anyone else who read this book, but I didn’t see it coming. It made for one interesting story.

Penny in London ended up being more than I expected. It was cute, funny, and at times even a little serious when it needed to be. I would definitely recommend it to fellow hopeless romantics such as myself.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book in any way.

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