There are very few books that have made me truly laugh out loud, this novella is one of them. The premise is that Betty finds herself in debt, big debt, her husband neglected to say he had been made redundant a year ago and their savings were gone, and their bank account severely overdrawn and a loan shark was knocking on their door, but that was not the worst of it following her errant husband she finds where he has been spending his days, with a lady of the night in a somewhat compromised position.
Betty put me in mind of a Hyacinth Bucket type middle-class well to do status conscious middle aged lady, living in a leafy suburban four bedroomed house with her mother-in-law and estate agent husband, days are spent caring for the household, attending the local country club, and meeting with the ladies of the literarily group. She is ‘proper’ and thus moaned and criticised by her nearest and [almost] dearest.
As Betty throws out her husband and their daughter arrives stating she has left her boring partner, daughter brings with her to read the latest smash “50 shades of grey”, just a few captured sentences sends Betty’s blush level to scarlet. Needing money and fast Betty talks herself into writing a story and it seems alternate bedroom acrobatics are the dish de jour. But there is a flaw in her plot, namely she knows very little about sex, let alone anything remotely kinking connected to rumpy pumpy; she types into the internet “Show me a free pornographic film, please” [I did say she was proper]. Where her mouse takes her is a journey of hilarity and misdirection.
The chaos that ensues is worthy of any TV situation comedy. Her innocent and naive writing goes viral and she suddenly there are thousands of fans desperately waiting for the next chapter.
I found this really so enjoyable and comfortable that I will definitely be buying the sequel!