When the three famous actresses Rose Nightingale, Sapphira De Mont and Calypso Gable come together to film a movie in Italy, their unexpected experiences change their lives forever.
First up is Rose, who appears to have it all, but is lonely following her divorce and fiercely protective of a secret from her past. Then there’s the extremely beautiful Sapphiral, a woman careful to keep everyone at a distance, and for good reason. The last of our trio is Calypso, a young actress in awe of her co-stars, hoping to use the trip to escape her controlling mother. Love, revelations and new friendship await the ladies as they head off on their Italian adventure.
Forster’s narrative was fast-paced and light with a nice mix of heroines, meaning there was something for everyone. I was, however, a little surprised at the relatively small amount of interaction between the female leads: the author clearly chooses to focus on romantic relationships rather than friendships
Obviously these protagonists aren’t your average run-of-the-mill girls next door, and a lot of what happens to them is far more glamorous than most people’s realities. I didn’t have a problem with this at all, and actually would have quite enjoyed it, if it hadn’t been for Sapphira’s ending. Not wanting to give any spoilers, but her finale was just so irresponsible given what she’d been through, that I didn’t feel it could in any way be considered the happy ever after Forster is obviously aiming for.
Also, each of the leads treated the men in their lives completely appallingly in my opinion, and what disappointed me was that their actions seemed, in the story at least, to be considered completely acceptable. A prime example was Calpyso’s desertion of the man who loves her, and refusal to even answer his calls, until that is she wants him back and then he’s expected to fall in line. And unbelievably he does!
If you’re willing to embrace the fantasy completely, and allow yourself to be taken in by the exciting and entertaining storyline, then you should enjoy this novel. Whilst not perhaps the most original or thought-provoking of books, ‘The Perfect Location’ is a very light, but absorbing read, great for on the beach or to make a long journey pass quickly.