Saturday, June 11, 2016



Series:  Helen Grey #1

Author:  Sibel Hodge

Publish Date:  

Publisher:  Sibel Hodge

Category:  Romance, Women's Fiction

Editing / Grammar: A – near perfect

Received from:  purchased on

Goodreads:  Fourteen Days Later

Date completed: 08.23.13


Description from the publisher:

Fourteen Days Later was short listed for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008 and received a Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009.  It is a romantic comedy with a unique infusion of British and Turkish Cypriot culture.  Written in a similar style to Marian Keyes, it is My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Bridget Jones.

When accident-prone Helen Grey finds a thong stuffed into the pocket of her boyfriend's best work trousers, it's time for her to move on.  His excuse that he needed to dust the photocopier and just thought that it was a rag sounds like a lame excuse.

Helen's life is propelled in an unexpected direction after her best friend, Ayshe, sets her a fourteen-day, life-changing challenge.  Helen receives a task everyday which she must complete without question.  The tasks are designed to build her confidence and boost her self-esteem but all they seem to do is push her closer to Ayshe's brother, Kalem.

How will Kalem and Helen get together when she's too foolish to realize that she loves him?  How can he fall for her when he is too busy falling prey to her mishaps and too in love with his own perfect girlfriend?  How will Kalem's Turkish Cypriot family react when they find out?

Is it really possible to change your life in fourteen days?


Merhaba Canims (hello, darlings!)


Helen Grey, wedding photographer extraordinaire, is an absolute klutz, and that's only the beginning of the trouble brewing around her. Ayshe and Kalem are her best friends since childhood. 

After six months of moping about her two-timing ex, her friend Ayshe encourages her to take up fourteen days of challenges. 


The first one seemed tame enough – she was to do a day of volunteering at the local dog shelter, taking a dog for a walk.  Helen manages to get a neighbor upset when he witnesses the dog doing her business, terrorizes a child in his pram, cartwheels down a hill, and loses the dog.  After being patched up by a local doctor, she calls Ayshe to pick her up, but Ayshe sends her brother Kalem. 

Each challenge brings more mayhem: a visit to the children's ward at the hospital, an art showing, Sunday-night Singles Shopping, and always Kalem helping to pick up the pieces.  Unfortunately, Kalem is off-limits.  They have been friends since grammar school.  His Turkish Cypriot parents would not want him to be serious with an English woman.  So, admitting her attraction would cost her his friendship, her best friend Ayshe, and the sense of belonging that has developed between Helen and his family.


I had requested an ARC on, but the download failed.  At first, I was just going to wave it off, but each time I went into netgalley it was sitting there looking at me.  I loved the cover so much, I decided to go to Amazon and hit the one-click.  I am so glad I did!  "Laughed out loud" doesn't even begin to cover it.  There were many parts when I was laughing so hard I could not catch my breath.  I'm looking forward to reading more from Ms. Hodge!


The Helen Grey Series:

  1. Fourteen Days Later
  2. My Perfect Wedding

Other Books from Sibel Hodge:

  • The Baby Trap
  • The Fashion Police (Amber Fox Mystery)
  • Be Careful What You Wish For (Amber Fox Mystery)
  • Voodoo Deadly (Amber Fox Mystery)
  • The See-Through Leopard
  • How to Dump Your Boyfriend in the Men's Room (and other short stories)
  • Trafficked:  the Diary of  a Sex Slave

Children's Books from this Author:

  • It's a Catastrophe




originally posted 08.23.2013 on my previous website closed that site because I promoted authors and their books

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