Blog Tour – Keeping up with the Kershaws by Helen Buckley

I am not a fan of the reality TV phenomena, but I have thoroughly enjoyed each of the books in this entertaining series.  Helen’s characters transfer easily into each book as they reference each other.  However, they can all be read as standalone stories because they are cleverly interwoven with enough reference to the previous books to bring a first-time reader up to speed without spoilers.  If you’d like to read my previous reviews, you can follow these links; Strictly on Ice, Celebrity SOS and Strictly Christmas Spirit.

Once again, I’m grateful to Rachel’s Random Resources and Helen Buckley for the digital ARC which was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.  You can read my thoughts below.

Synopsis

What do you do when your life becomes more dramatic than reality TV?
As the devoted carer for famous antique expert Harold Kershaw, Karrie Morgan was always happy to keep a professional distance from his four spoilt grown-up children, who rarely made time for their father. But then a surprise involving Harold’s Will means Karrie is flung headlong into a press scandal, and into the chaotic world of the surviving Kershaws.
With the support of her trusted childhood friend Andrew, mild-mannered Karrie must face down ruthless ice queen Portia, master manipulator Gabriel, Botox fanatic Arabella, and ladies’ man Rafe, star of reality TV show Raised in Richmond … although perhaps not as fake and flashy as he initially seems?
As vicious rumours circulate and Karrie’s past comes back to haunt her, she struggles to know who to trust. Can she keep up with the Kershaws’ schemes?

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Review

Keeping Up with The Kershaws is the perfect addition to Helen Buckley’s reality series.  Whilst this story has a slightly different angle, it sits well within the style that she has adopted for these books.  Witty and well observed, it follows the chaos that Karrie’s world is plunged into, once she learns that she is the surprise beneficiary of Harold Kershaw’s considerable estate.  She needs all her wits about her if she is to fight off the scheming Kershaw would-be heirs, her low-life father and the gutter press.  Thank goodness she can rely on her best friend, Andrew.  He is prepared to put his fledgling romance on hold and help her pick her way through the mountains of paperwork in Harold’s former office.

I really wanted to dislike Rafe and his underhand schemes, but at heart, I felt he was a good guy.  Not perfect, but maybe perfect for Karrie. Their gentle friendship was delightful to follow, and it was soon obvious that her down to earth nature was the perfect example for him to follow.  As usual, I imagined the movie version and saw Rafe played by namesake, Rafe Spall.

Karrie’s rock, the ever-reliable Andrew struck me as a young Colin Firth. Perhaps it was the lawyer angle and the slightly too perfect girlfriend, Lilian, that made me think that way. Don’t worry, it’s just the way my mind works and I’m sure that each reader will picture him slightly differently.  The remaining Kershaws didn’t even take shape in my mind, they were fully developed, but inherently ugly, so I left them faceless.

Of course, the perfect ending was always on the cards, even though I didn’t know what that would be.  There are a few twists and some nasty turns with poor old Karrie not knowing who she should trust.  I should have known that the ending would be simply wonderful and the perfect tonic!

Author Bio

Ever since I was little I wanted to be a writer, to turn daydreams into books. I’m fascinated by fame, in love with Happy Ever Afters, and enthralled by slow-burn romances. I squeeze in time to write around looking after my two sons. Find out more about me on my website.

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