Ordinary girl Sophie May lives in a normal village with her mother and works in the local teashop. She is seemingly content with her humble lot in life, although she is keeping a huge secret.
Her life is turned upside down when a film crew takes up residence in her village for filming, and Hollywood heartthrob Billy Buskin unexpectedly comes into her life and sweeps her off her feet. They fall in love, much to the surprise of everyone around them and she moves to London with him.
However she soon finds herself out of place in his glamorous world and she is increasingly unhappy having held back on her own dreams in place of his goals. Their relationship is put to the test when the press get hold of her secret and Sophie must decide what is best for her own happiness.
I must admit that it took me a little while to warm up to Sophie May’s character but by the end half I admired her decisions and courage of conviction when faced with the trials and heartbreak put before her. I really enjoyed how the influence of those around her – namely Molly, the teashop owner (and my favourite character) – built her up to be the strong minded but morally rooted person she was by the end.
The idea of the showbiz world colliding with everyday normality was well portrayed and stories like this always give you that glowing shred of hope that extraordinary things really can happen to anyone. Romantic and insightful, I thought that Billy and Me was a charming read and I hope there are more books by Giovanna to come in the future.