Aphrodite's Workshop for Reluctant Lovers
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A delight; deftly told, light in tone, and both amusing and charming. -- Laura Barnett, Guardian, 21st February 2009
A sharp, funny and dazzlingly clever novel, so stuffed with wit and clever apercus that is not fair on other novelists.
-- Elizabeth Buchan
A wry and witty look at love, quirkily and cleverly observed -- Choice, 2009
It's wise, witty and wonderfully accurate about the state of modern love.
-- The Saturday Times, 7th February 2009
Mordantly witty, touching and perceptive, it's the perfect gift for Valentine's Day, one of those rare books that console even as it tells the truth about love. -- Amanda Craig, The Independent, 13th February 2009
Pure romantic comedy, but underlying it is same acerbity that made Shooting Butterflies such an unexpected joy... witty, touching and perceptive. -- Amanda Craig, Independent,13th February 2009
`I adored Aphrodite's Workshop for Reluctant Lovers. It's a rare treat to find a romantic novel with such wit, originality and zest ... I was completely charmed' -- Amanda Craig --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Mordantly witty, touching and perceptive, it's the perfect gift for Valentine's Day, one of those rare books that console even as it tells the truth about love. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
When I saw the prologue though I was a little worried. God on Mount Olympus overseeing the affairs of men. Was it cliché time?
"Life was getting tough for mother, otherwise known as Aphrodite, goddess of love. It was commonly thought that she was failing in her work and that love was being brought into disrepute. The inhabitants of Great Britain were of particular concern. The statistics were appalling, with one in three marriages ending in divorce and a growing number of children being brought up in single-parent families. so mother was freaking, blaming me, Eros, who quite frankly had enough to deal with, being just a kid and going through a difficult phase, not just because of the confusion over who my father was but also because of the rumours going around that I didn't actually exist, being a phenomenon, an idea, not a person at all."
No actually, it wasn't. The treatment felt fresh, with Aphrodite and son Eros caught up in the machinations of a family business dropping in and out of the story, observing and trying to steer events.
Rebecca Finch was the main cause of Aphrodite's problems. A romantic novelist who is having doubts about love - and when I met her soon to be ex boyfriend I understood why. I liked Rebecca, but she had an unfortunate tendency to say a little too much, to be a little too honest. And that had some rather unfortunate consequences.
So Aphrodite had to put things to rights. And she steered Rebecca towards a man she had crossed paths with years before. John Sterling.Read more ›
The saying "never judge a book by its cover" has never been more apt! I was embarrassed to be seen reading it, mainly due to it's cover but shortly after the first few pages it was due to my constant tittering and at times raucous laughing in public. The story contained within this tacky cover is so beautifully readable. It feels like a deliberate irony is at force, especially with the main protagonist; a romance novelist turning her back on love! Offending all of her loyal followers on the way!
A light and funny read, almost feeling like a holiday read with it's light and airy approach but it's far too addictive for that. It raises questions about the nature and the ways of love without the hopelessly soppy and unrealistic feel of a mills & boon novel. I learnt some Greek mythology along the way, with the deities point of view always a welcome and witty rest bite whilst still keeping the main story line going.
I can understand why it might not be to everybody's taste but if you want a palate refreshing sorbet of a read then you need look no further, it sets you up eager and ready to sink your teeth into the next meaty novel coming your way.
A funny, charming easy read to distract yourself from everything around you.
BUT---and it's quite a big but for me---I really didn't like the intervention of the Greek gods---for me, this premise didn't work, was unfunny and seemed to belong in a different novel entirely. Coco the clown was fine---he came out of the heroine's head and was part of her inner anxieties----but the gods esp. Aphrodite are 'deus ex machina' devices and for me, quite unnecessary. I can see why the author chose to put them in---but I still think it was a mistake. It gets in the way of the social comedy, the exploration of Rebecca's dilemma and the psychological depth.
But others will love it. It's a matter of personal taste!
Rebecca Finch is an engaging and likeable heroine, a romance writer who no longer believes in love with a self destructive streak a mile wide that threatens to destabilise her life. I had a lot of sympathy for John Sterling and admired his open mindedness when meeting with his misnamed therapist Angie Bliss. I loved to hate Bliss, the clinical psychologist, treating both John and Rebecca; a ghastly, meddling character who behaves unprofessionally.
Life with Aphrodite and the Gods is like a modern day snapshot of life with the Walton's, cosy yet bizarre. Eros has a lot to answer for with his chaotic firing of arrows.
This is a wonderfully written, witty novel full of insight with a feel good factor that remains long after the book has been finished. I shall definitely be reading more novels by this author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If the author had kept to the story instead of slipping into dialogue between the Gods it would have been better. I found that distracting and added little.Published 10 months ago by Night Owl
I didn't think I would like this book, which obviously raises the question, why buy it in the first place? Read morePublished 21 months ago by arabella tallent
Too much jumping about - the story did not make me rush to read more rather glad it is finishedPublished on 11 Nov. 2013 by Magsclar
I am afraid I could make head or tail of the book and did not finish it. I cannot recommend it.Published on 28 Aug. 2013 by Helen Bryant
Struggled a little at the beginning to get into this book. Not quite sure where it was going and what the links were between all the different characters. Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2013 by Anne Rand
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Although the writing style was better than a lot of 'romance' books, I found the constant 'greek god's talking 21st century style' chapters absolutely terrible and contrived. Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2013 by W. King
Not brilliant but not Bad - it just did not sparkle or make me want to read more which is a shame really.Published on 22 Aug. 2013 by Lindsay Petrie
An unusual look at the romantic novel, although the outcome is the same. The inclusion of the Gods of Olympus is an interesting touch.Published on 22 Aug. 2013 by Tigergirl50