Planet Books


The Rules of Backyard Croquet by Sunni Overend




This book delivered exactly what I was hoping for: good fun trash. It’s an easygoing, well-paced summer read that follows Apple March (named after her conception location) through the thrills and spills of finding her feet once more in the fashion industry.

Stuck as the manager in a once-high end boutique, she desperately tries to avoid her past as a wannabe designer until things start pushing her that way again.

The main characters are full of life and you can’t help but like Apple, root for the posh boy (who’s just a friend) and hope she makes it as she’s lifted from day-to-day drudge to spa weekends, croquet and fancy cars.

In places it’s predictable but never cringeworthy, and really in this genre all I want is formulaic girl meets boy, girl sees other boy, girl and boy over come obstacles and get together. This book delivers exactly that, but in a warmhearted way that keeps it interesting, made me stay up late to read it and doesn’t pretend to be anything else.

Suspend any disbelief, immerse yourself in the book, crack the SSB and enjoy it for the good fun read it is.


Find this novel in store at Planet Books. Ask the friendly staff for guidance too, and they’ll be more than happy to order you in a copy if it’s already sold out.