Book Review: Meet Me In London (Meet Me #1) by Georgia Toffolo

“Life is too short to do things you don’t want to do.”

The first book in Georgia Toffolo‘s Meet Me series and published in 2020,
Meet Me In London follows aspiring clothes designer Victoria Scott who spends her days working in a bar in Chelsea, and her evenings designing vintage clothes, dreaming of one day opening her own boutique. But these aspirations are under threat from the new department store opening at the end of her road. She needs a Christmas miracle, but one is not forthcoming.

Oliver Russell’s Christmas is not looking very festive right now. His family’s new London department store opening is behind schedule, and on top of that his interfering, if well meaning, mother is pressing him to introduce his girlfriend to her. A girlfriend who does not exist. He needs a diversion. Something to keep his mother from interfering while he focuses on the business.

When Oliver meets Victoria, he offers a proposition: pretend to be his girlfriend at the opening of his store and he will provide an opportunity for Victoria to showcase her designs. But what starts as a business arrangement soon becomes something more tempting, as the fake relationship starts to feel very real. But when secrets in Victoria’s past are exposed will Oliver walk away, or will they both follow their hearts and find what neither knew they were looking for…


I’ve always been a big fan of Made In Chelsea, so when I saw that Toff had written a book, I was eager to give it a go. And her joyful humour and warm personality come through beautifully in this narrative.

I’m not typically a fan of romance books (although I do get easily tempted by the ones that come widely recommended!) because I tend to find them quite same-y and the romance too cringey. But although Meet Me In London follows the over-used plot of a fake relationship that will undoubtedly become real, Toff’s authentic voice had me absolutely gripped to this story.

Victoria is a brilliant character. She’s ambitious but also very down-to-earth. And as Toff cleverly intertwines themes of family, friendships, expectations, guilt and grief, her beautifully descriptive writing, intellectual outlook, compelling characters and passionate chemistries combine to make a very authentic and emotional story, all with a slight hint of Christmas atmosphere.

I didn’t think that I would be bothered about the rest of the series, but I’m already eager to pick up the next book! If you’re not typically a fan of romance (and especially if you love it!), this is definitely a book I recommend.


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