Kept by Elle Field
‘Did she really just say that? I am fifteen again, except the reality is I am experiencing full parental horror, aged twenty-five. I want to die.’
Life hasn’t quite worked out how Arielle Lockley imagined it would. Becoming the next Coco Chanel was always her childhood dream, but she’s spent the past four years living a dizzying whirl of glitzy parties, luxurious holidays and daily shopping sprees – all paid for by boyfriend Piers – and not doing anything to make her Coco dreams happen.
When the recession hits, it’s not just the economy that takes a tumble and Arielle finds herself living back with her parents, on bad terms with Piers, and having a CV that’s as welcome as a pair of knock-off Jimmy Choos. And maybe it’s the location, but she’s also finding unwelcome thoughts of her childhood sweetheart are popping into her head…
What’s a girl to do? Can Arielle figure out what it is she now wants to do with her life and move on, or will she be doomed to spend the rest of her life dwelling over her worst mistakes, stuck listening to her parents’ embarrassing dinner table talk each night?
I’ve often been heard saying “oh if only I could meet a rich man and live a life of leisure”
Well after reading this fabulous debut novel by Elle Field, I take it all back!
We join Arielle, the main character of the story whilst she’s on a train journey, to the life she left 4 years ago and whilst Arielle travels back to her past she fills us in on what happened, why exactly is she on the train going back to all she left behind…
When I first met Arielle, I thought she came across as spoilt but as the story is unravelled and her character shares more about her life with us, I found that I started to like this young woman who is struggling to find her place in the world.
I often find I relate better to flawed characters, and Arielle certainly has her flaws but she is also quick-witted and fast on her feet, which make for some great reading.
And when it comes to men, there really is something for everyone. Bad guys, generous kind-hearted guys and the best friend every girl should have.
Elle Field definitely knows how to write great characters, throughout the story we are introduced to some wonderful characters who all bring something else to the mix, take Arielle’s parents, for example, their relationship with their daughter adds a whole new dimension to the story and makes for some rather funny moments.
Kept is a tale of self-discovery and realising that the grass isn’t always greener. A story that will grow with the reader and make you glad you Kept reading!