Thursday 21st November 2019,

Those Pleasant Girls by Lia Weston

Those Pleasant Girls
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Those Pleasant Girls by Lia Weston


What do you do when life turns upside down?

When it seems that the only option is to move, dragging your unenthusiastic 16 year old daughter behind you. Where do you go? Back to your home town of course.  Pick up where you left off and try to make a new start with your childhood friend. A friend who you may have always carried a torch for? A friend who back in your youth was your partner in crime.

With this decision set and the wheels literally in motion Evie Pleasant nee Bouvier and her daughter Mary set out to head back to Sweet Meadow, the home town from which Evie fled many years before. An acrimonious divorce behind her, a snail’s paced settlement pending and with dwindling finances the new and she hopes reformed Evie lands back in Sweet Meadow to follow through on this plan.

So it is back to the now empty family home, overgrown and neglected that Evie and Mary arrive. Is it a good plan or a desperate plan?  Given that her former childhood friend and subject of her affections  is now a man of the cloth, a respected pastor in the town and most of the town have not forgotten ‘that Bouvier girl’ and her teenage crimes and misdemeanours, winning over the pastor and the town is going to prove a challenge. Her only hope is her delicious and talented baking and thoroughly irresistible cakes! But will that be enough. She certainly has some work to do.

Lia Weston weaves into the story the wide-ranging struggles we can all face. Making friends or winning over old ones, social circles and small town politics, romantic connections and misconceptions, parenting a teenager who has  her own issues and the whole concept of starting over.

It is a fast paced, witty and contemporary tale and sometimes the undercurrent is subtle so you have to pay attention. It makes you laugh, cry and cringe but an enjoyable book to settle back with.

Lia Weston

Lia Weston. Photo courtesy Little Car Photography

About the author

In between writing novels, Lia Weston runs a bicycle shop in Adelaide with her husband, Pete, and also works as a freelance copyeditor. Lia owns a rescued German Shepherd called Kif who possesses all the energy of a bean bag and has an inexplicable fondness for raw pumpkin.


Those Pleasant Girls by Lia Weston is available in trade paperback $29.99 and ebook $14.99.

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Book review

Disclaimer: To facilitate this review Christine was supplied with a copy of Those Pleasant Girls by Lia Weston to read (and review). The ideas and views expressed in this review are Christine’s own – good and bad.


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  1. Kerry Vincenti June 18, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Love reading and this sounds like a great book.

  2. Kerry Vincenti June 18, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Love reading and this like a great book.

  3. aynur altunsu Altunsu June 18, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    i love a new book this one seems like a good read

  4. M.Cowan June 18, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    It sounds like a great read!

  5. Andreea Nicolescu June 18, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Would love to read and devour this book sounds like an amazing tale and that she is a brilliant writer, thanks for the opportunity

  6. Tess Howard June 18, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    There is no greater escape than a good book. Weary at the end of the day, numb from all the work it takes to run a family…..just 30mins can be (almost) as beneficial as a holiday. Pure escape!

  7. Lizzie Mc June 18, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    I’ve devoured Lia’s last two delicious books – and would love to indulge in this one! Sounds like it will be just as wonderful as the last two!

  8. Kelly Ryan June 18, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Nothing better than curling up at night after a busy shift with a read I can let my mind run away with.

  9. Shannon Wotton June 18, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Those Pleasant Girls sounds like a funny and touching story with likeable characters that I’d love to spend a winter’s weekend curled up with!

  10. Tracey Taylor June 18, 2017 at 7:57 am

    We all look back and wonder, we all wonder about people from our past.Im intrigued to see how this book pans out.Very interesting concept.

  11. Belinda June 18, 2017 at 7:26 am

    I’d love to read this because I can’t imagine anything better than curling up under a blankie, sipping a cup of hot chocolate and reading a fun, playful book in the middle of winter

  12. Kim Brekelmans June 18, 2017 at 12:24 am

    You had me at Caramel Slice 🙂

  13. Tish June 17, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    I would love to read how it all pans out, I think we all sometimes wonder ”what if” along our life path, not all of us get to go back and give things a 2nd chance and to see whats changed since we left and I love caramel slice

  14. Elisabeth Martins June 17, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    It sounds very intriguing.
    I love reading books and reviewing them,
    it’s a hobby of mine.

  15. Tamara Lamb June 17, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Sound like a thoroughly enjoyable yet relatable text

  16. Lyn Richards June 17, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    I love reading their story, the highs and the lows

  17. Becky S June 17, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    I could relate on so many levels, would love to read it over the school holidays!

  18. Michelle (inthegoodbooksblog) May 11, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    I’d love to read it so I could then post a review on my blog, much like you’ve done here. I am a huge bookworm (hence the book blog!), so am always happy to welcome more books into my home 🙂

    • Mummahh May 11, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      Love your blog!

      • Michelle V June 12, 2017 at 5:42 pm

        Oh thank you so much, you’re very sweet! Love yours too!! 🙂

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