The Dinner in the Sky by Anne John-Ligali – Book Review

The Dinner in the Sky by Anne John-Ligali – Book Review

The Dinner in the sky by Anne John Ligalii

The Dinner in the Sky
Friendships Online Book Three

Author – Anne John-Ligali
Publisher – Books and Authors Publishing
Pages – 364
Released – 31st May 2019
Format – ebook
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 3.5 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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After a shocking confrontation with an unexpected encounter, Constance tries to piece her life back together and is on a mission to finally move on.

The thought of having her friends nearby is a comfort as they take time out of their busy online lives and regularly meet up at their favourite place, A Cupful of Dreams Café. Everyone seems happy enough until cracks begin to show and all is not as good as it seems. Constance tries desperately to keep positive as there’s so much to look forward to: shopping for posh frocks, dinner at The Shard and a movie premiere.

As things start to look rosy, a few odd tweets begin to pop up from nowhere. At first, they seem innocent, but as the weeks go by and premier night draws near, not only do the tweets increase but they become more obnoxious.

By the time Constance and her chums arrive on the red carpet, she’s determined to work out who the troll could be and to keep them from spoiling her evening. However, as Constance soon learns, the troll wants to destroy far more than that!

Breathtaking views of London.

Posh frocks and Paparazzi

But there’s definitely trouble in the air …

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The Dinner in the Sky is the third book in the Friendships Online series, the first two books I reviewed last year – ‘The Big Event – Book One‘ and ‘The Weekend Spa Break – Book Two‘. The first two books were much shorter than this one and whilst I would say it is best to read them in order, at the beginning of this book author Anne John-Ligali did give a catch up of what had happened so you could read this one as a standalone.

In this book, Constance and Estelle have just returned from their spa break (book two) and Constance is trying to come to terms with what happened to her whilst she was supposed to be enjoying herself and relaxing. After failing to get hold of Maxwell, her ex-boyfriend, she decides to go and confront him about what happened and hear his side of the story.

She is also looking forward to attending a party in the Shard for the premiere of The Dinner in the Sky. She also finds herself with more than one man after her attention, but which one will she choose. Plus, someone is being a keyboard warrior and sending her hateful messages and Tweets online. She believes she knows who the culprit is, but she is determined to find out for certain.

It was nice to return to the A Cupful of Dreams Café and to Constance, her son Charlie and her online friends. As I touched on earlier this book is longer than the others, unfortunately I would have preferred it to of been a shorter book like the other two as shorter books tend to be more snappy, fast-paced and don’t allow room for plots to be played out further than they need to be, they stay on point the whole way through. Sometimes I felt like this one drifted in places it didn’t need to.

That being said I did enjoy continuing Constance’s story and I had been waiting to hear what Maxwell had to say since the last book, not sure how you forget about something as big as a wife, but it wasn’t unbelievable.

I particularly loved the sections in the Shard. I’ve never been and only seen it from afar on my travels into London. The party did sound very glamorous. The book is light-hearted and very relatable. The characters are all different and have their own personalities which all come across strong. If you have read the first two books you will find some of the pieces come together from those books in this one.

Overall a decent, enjoyable read, however, I do feel that the first two books outshine this one. Sorry!

Book Reviewer – Stacey

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About the Author

Anne John Ligali

Anne John-Ligali is a writer and found of Books and Authors UK, a website that features author interviews, cover reveals, blog posts, features and reviews. She loves all things books, going to book events and meeting other book worms. She has written her first series and is currently writing her first novel.

When Anne is not writing she is likely to be playing with her kids, going for walks in the park, watching Netflix or thinking up more stories. Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London she studies graphic design at the University of Arts and held a number of IT jobs in the city. Anne continues to write romantic comedies, women’s fiction, and has the desire to write a non-fiction book and a few children’s books.


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14 Responses

  1. Gemma says:

    Sorry to hear this didn’t live up to the others in the series. I’m glad you still enjoyed it though.
    Gemm @ Gemma’s Book Nook

  2. Megan says:

    This series sounds really unique. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I can’t decide if I’d like this book or not. It does sound good though l!

  4. DJ Sakata says:

    I would not have been as forgiving of the character – I agreed with her mother in wanting to fry “his dangly bits”

  5. Robin Loves Reading says:

    Not sure I’d like this one.

  6. Ashleigh says:

    Great review

  7. Bentley says:

    Sounds like this book had a little bit of an identity crisis in deciding what it wanted to be. Great review!

  8. I just think that the author tried to add to much to the story where the others stayed on point.

  9. You’re welcome.

  10. It is a good read just I wanted less – If that makes sense.

  11. It really did. Thank you.