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Oh no, I've Fallen in Love!: Warning: contains nuts. [Kindle Edition]

Louise Wise
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Oh no, I’ve Fallen in Love! is Cinderella modernised.

Short blurb: Medical conditions called depression and insomnia play the ugly sisters. A kitten is cast as the glass slipper, a middle-aged, domineering woman, is the fairy godmother, playboy Lex is Prince Charming, and in the centre of it all, is Cinderella –Valerie Anthrope. And she’s the only sane person there.

Full blurb: Valerie Anthrope has two ugly ‘sisters’ called Depression (aka Curse) and Insomnia. Curse causes the deaths of everyone that Valerie loves, then her dreams reveal how Curse can be driven away except Insomnia is strong, and when she does dream, they are cryptic.

Her fairy godmother is larger-than-life Ellen Semple who boasts she can help everyone—whether they want help or not.

Her Prince Charming is womanising Lex Kendal. He’s intent on bedding Valerie and very little else.

The glass slipper, albeit Boots the cat, plays a major part too, as does supporting cast Tim, Cinderella’s father/Valerie’s employee in helping Valerie meet Curse and Insomnia head on and fight them.

The four meet in not so consequential circumstances when Ellen spots Valerie and decides she is a woman who needs help. She mistakes Valerie for being short of money and coerces her wealthy nephew, Lex Kendal, to push work her way through her insurance brokerage.

Valerie, unbeknown that the two are related, finds herself employing madcap Ellen and feels the pull of attraction between herself and Lex when she meets him for a business lunch. Knowing how her curse works, she knocks him back when he flirts hard and fast with her.

He’s not used to rejection.

Ellen 'meets' Curse and Insomnia and comes to realise that Valerie is more damaged than she’d first believed and warns Lex off, but he’s smitten.

Then Valerie’s curse strikes.

Oh no, I've Fallen in Love! is a black comedy with a happy, but surprising ending that I guarantee you will not see coming.

Warning: this isn’t just a romance with a few jokes thrown in. It touches on real human problems and fragilities.

Oh no, I've Fallen in Love! was formally called The Fall of the Misanthrope and came second in the eFestival of Words Best Independent eBook Awards 2013.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 698 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Publisher: FAR Publishing; 2 edition (12 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ATGF4I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #245,404 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Louise Wise is a writer of romance, with four books to date:

Eden is a romance with a science fiction twist, and was her first novel and has proved to be an instant hit with readers.

A Proper Charlie followed, a chick lit, romance. Light-hearted and fun.

Then came a non-fiction for authors So You Want An Author Platform?

Followed by The Fall of the Misanthrope: I bitch, therefore I am. A darker chick lit than norm.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chick Lit With an Edge 6 Dec 2012
By Fox
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Depression, not a subject that immediately springs to mind when it comes to romantic comedy or chick-lit. But with The Fall of the Misanthrope, Louise Wise has taken has taken this oft times misunderstood condition, and handled it with great sensitivity while at the same time providing laugh out loud humour.

The humour comes mostly in the form of the monstrous Ellen Semple, an interfering busy-body who insinuates herself into every aspect of protagonist Valerie Anthrope's life. Ms Wise writes her so well and convincingly that I disliked her almost from the moment she is introduced. And, very cleverly, her presence had me rooting for the flawed Valerie, much more than I think I would have if the self-styled fairy godmother hadn't been there.

Other light moments are provided by Valerie's employees, Tim and Paul, and the handsome Lex Kendall, who pursues Valerie despite Ellen's interference.

Over all, this is a well written and entertaining story with a clever ending that brings everything together. It has all the ingredients to make the basis for a comedy-drama series on television. Are you listening Sky TV?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Black Lit. 13 Aug 2012
By J.R.W.
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Louise wise takes a slightly darker angle into the chick lit genre, with a central character who is not only carrying a curse, but is flawed with depression.
Miss Anthrope is a hard as nails business woman, but she has no love in her life. Although she insists it is by choice, the reader knows better, and so does everyone else.
Valerie Anthrope and her problems are skillfully drawn out with a supporting cast of likeable characters in Alex, the love interest, and Ellen, the interfering but well meaning busy body who manages to involve herself in every aspect of Valerie's life.
There is some good, funny sparky dialogue, and a nice balance of light and dark throughout. Wise uses dialogue as it should be used; to bring the narrative to life.
I especially liked the clever little prologue and the way it was picked up again at the end.
Polished and accomplished.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romancing the Dark Side of Chick-Lit 23 Feb 2013
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I read Louise Wise's sci-fi romance Eden, last year and really liked her voice. I was intrigued by the title of her more recent publication, The Fall of the Misanthrope. I bitch, therefore I am, especially with its billing as a `dark chick-lit!' Misanthrope is a deeply romantic and insightful tale, which deals with difficult issues and the healing power of love. It is also very humorous and made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion!

In the novel,Valerie Anthrope (Miss Anthrope - I loved the pun) is a young woman who runs a financial brokerage. Valerie is not only serious minded and hard working but, she can also be a bit of a bitch. She lives alone and keeps herself to herself, concluding that it is best not to care for anyone. There nevertheless resides within her a deep sadness and vulnerability.

In steps Ellen Semple, a missionary worker returned from abroad, who, in true `fairy godmother' form resolves to make Valerie her next `project. Ellen senses something is not quite right with Valerie and does her best to bring light into her darkness. She secures part-time employment in Valerie's small office. Then, believing that Valerie's outlook is due to financial difficulties, she persuades her nephew Lex Kendal, a successful businessman, to put a large contract her way. When she sees that Lex is intrigued by Valerie, she warns him off her, believing that Valerie is too fragile to handle Lex's `love'em and leave `em philosophy.' Yet Lex does not take no for an answer, and Valerie falls for him. When she discovers that he is Ellen's nephew, a fact that they deliberately hid from her, she feels deceived, let down and deeply wounded. To protect herself from future hurt she dumps Lex, almost as soon as their affair has begun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I read, therefore I liked 2 Oct 2012
By B. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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I'll be thinking about this book for a while. Wise does a great job of tackling some weighty issues without weighing down the plot or the characters, but at the same time, she doesn't trivialize the psychological problems facing the protagonist. She also employs an interesting point-of-view that alternates between the protagonist and another character. The parts told by the main character are in first person, while the parts by the supporting narrative character are in third person. At first, this threw me, but it works and actually makes a lot of sense. As for the supporting characters, Wise does a great job of developing them and letting them become part of the story, but they never overpower the story itself. They offer some much-needed comic relief and break the tension nicely. They also perfectly complement the protagonist's personality, which is prickly and can be maddening at times. Yes, I wanted to shake the main character... often. And I think that's exactly what the author had in mind. She wanted the reader to experience the frustration and hopelessness that is a constant companion of depression, for both the depressed and those trying to help the person suffering with it. Wise did a great job of illustrating how compassion is so much easier in concept than in practice. Great read! Well worth your time and money.

P.S. I'm a little bit in love with Lex.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Funny, Interesting 7 July 2013
By SJ - Published on Amazon.com
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The Fall of the Misanthrope has something I really enjoy in chick lit: a flawed heroine. Valerie has seen serious pain and it colors the way she relates to the world. Her issues and her eventual decision to allow others to help her overcome the problems from the past was intriguing. I particularly enjoyed the last 20% of the book once we knew more of what was wrong with Val.
Valerie is alone in the world. Her parents and brother died when she was young, and to cope with the tragedies she created a wall around herself. She runs her own insurance office, which allows her to be the boss and lose herself in work. Then two new elements come into her life: the crazy missionary Ellen who deems herself Val's fairy godmother, and an injured kitten in need of rescue. In their own way, each help Valerie to open up, but not before Ellen asks her nephew Lex to throw some work Val's way. She makes sure that he doesn't reveal their blood relationship thinking that Val would reject charity. Unfortunately, the womanizer finds Val's callousness charming and he begins to woo her. Both he and Ellen don't know that Valerie's dark past has left more scars on her psyche than they can imagine.
Valerie is an unlikable character in some ways, but there is quite a bit of humor to lighten the dark tone and great characterization in Valerie, Paul, Ellen, and Tim that draw you in. I didn't completely fall for the story's hero, Lex. He went from playboy to good guy a little quickly, but his relationship with Aunt Ellen added a very interesting element to the story.
There was one thing that I found difficult at first. The book is written from the points of view of Valerie and Lex. When it's Valerie's turn, the POV is first person. For Lex's sections, it's third person. With no labeling, I was initially very confused why the POV switched from first to third. It took a while to figure out that the first person sections were always from Valerie's POV whereas a third person POV meant we were following Lex around. I also thought that having such a dark book end on a happy note would have been better than reaching a joyful resolution but tacking on mention of another tragedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WISE WORDS from Louise Wise 24 April 2013
By writeoncindy - Published on Amazon.com
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Valerie Anthrope is a hard as nails, cut-throat business woman. She's the boss. She's in control and answers to no one. She's had quite a bit of sadness in her life and she's happy to be alone, thank you very much.

THE FALL OF THE MISANTHROPE: I BITCH, THEREFORE I AM, by Louise Wise is a smart novel that deals with serious issues. It's a romantic comedy that confronts clinical depression. I'm stating this at the top of this review because it's important. But you must know, Louise Wise is able to, dare I say, thread a serious theme throughout her humorous, clever book - not an easy task for a writer to achieve, but she does successfully.

If any of you reading this have been tormented by or are still struggling with depression you know how paralyzing it can be. Louise does a brilliant job describing the protagonist's struggle with the disease in a way we can relate to or learn from. If not you, perhaps you have someone in your family or a friend that's suffering. This may help you understand that person better, as well as enjoy a cheeky novel. (Cheeky... That's a British word I learned from Louise. FYI: The book is full of British humor!)

"I closed my eyes. It wasn't the usual feeling some people had of not wanting to climb out of bed in the morning. I really did not want to get up. There was a feeling of darkness inside me; but it had weight too. Pressure, and it was building fast."

This is a clear description of the protagonist, Valerie just trying to take on the day. She believes she has been cursed since she was a little girl when her brother died and then her parents passed. Now at twenty-six, she keeps herself isolated and immersed in insurance work at Sunny Oak Brokerage!

She visits her family grave yearly and it's there she meets an eccentric old woman, Ellen Semple who ends befriending Valerie and showing up at her Brokerage company looking for a job. Ellen takes it upon herself to become Valerie's, Fairy Godmother and make her life burst with sunshine! Ellen isn't the only ray of sunshine that unexpectedly comes into Valerie's life. There's a whole rainbow. Well, you'll just have to read the novel. But as I like to write, this is a rom-com, so there is a happily-ever-after.

There's an element of magical realism and somewhat of a fairytale, but I love the characters Louise creates. They're fully developed and each has their own uniquely developed personalities. When I finished reading, I thought I might like a sequel, but I'll leave it up to Louise. I still might, but I did LOVE the ending!

Thank you, Miss Louise Wise. xo cindy

FYI: If you ever feel like your blues are making a turn towards BLACK, you're not alone. HEY, you're reading this. You can reach out to anyone of us, starting with ME! Just do a Google search for DEPRESSION, and check out the area where you live. We've ALL been there!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Any book that can make me laugh out loud has earned all five stars 18 Oct 2012
By John Leonard - Published on Amazon.com
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Trust me--nothing is harder to write than good humor. As an author, I know. It's one thing to tell a good joke; it's quite another to sustain the laughs, page after page.

Do yourself a tremendous favor--buy this book to learn about the most bizarre employer/employee relationship in history, between Miss Anthrope (love the character name)and Ellen Semple, her "fairy godmother"/bookkepper/matchmaker.

I've never thought of myself as the romantic comedy sort, but Ms. Wise's book is hilarious. As a accidental cat owner, I can relate to Valerie Anthrope. Plus, my friend in high school was nicknamed "the misanthrope" and the people-hating personality definitely fits. To a point.

Read The Fall of the Misanthrope. You won't regret it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Romancing the Dark Side of Chick Lit 23 Feb 2013
By Tina Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Romancing the Dark Side of Chick-Lit

I read Louise Wise’s sci-fi romance Eden, last year and really liked her voice. I was intrigued by the title of her more recent publication, The Fall of the Misanthrope. I bitch, therefore I am, especially with its billing as a ‘dark chick-lit!’ Misanthrope is a deeply romantic and insightful tale, which deals with difficult issues and the healing power of love. It is also very humorous and made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion!

In the novel,Valerie Anthrope (Miss Anthrope – I loved the pun) is a young woman who runs a financial brokerage. Valerie is not only serious minded and hard working but, she can also be a bit of a bitch. She lives alone and keeps herself to herself, concluding that it is best not to care for anyone. There nevertheless resides within her a deep sadness and vulnerability.

In steps Ellen Semple, a missionary worker returned from abroad, who, in true ‘fairy godmother’ form resolves to make Valerie her next ‘project. Ellen senses something is not quite right with Valerie and does her best to bring light into her darkness. She secures part-time employment in Valerie’s small office. Then, believing that Valerie’s outlook is due to financial difficulties, she persuades her nephew Lex Kendal, a successful businessman, to put a large contract her way. When she sees that Lex is intrigued by Valerie, she warns him off her, believing that Valerie is too fragile to handle Lex’s ‘love’em and leave ‘em philosophy.’ Yet Lex does not take no for an answer, and Valerie falls for him. When she discovers that he is Ellen’s nephew, a fact that they deliberately hid from her, she feels deceived, let down and deeply wounded. To protect herself from future hurt she dumps Lex, almost as soon as their affair has begun.

Yet it is too late, Valerie’s armour has begun to crack and she starts to unravel and descend into depression, the dark dreams she has been having since childhood intensifying. It is from this moment that the novel, much of which has been light hearted, becomes darker, yet humour still abounds. I am glad to say that the tale did reach a satisfying conclusion. The prologue and the epilogue also contain an unexpected twist and make the reader question both fate and free will.

Valerie is complex, early childhood events having shaped her into the woman she is. Indeed, she is ‘stuck’ in the past and needs to let go. The hard face she presents is very much a façade to protect herself from future hurt and loss. The circumstances surrounding Lex’s and Ellen’s deceit unlock her emotions, giving her a chance to face them and heal herself.

Lex, a divorced single parent is a loveable rogue. He is attracted to Valerie and decides to make her one of his many conquests. He has never really grown up. However, Lex becomes smitten with Valerie, who is so unlike his usual women and her prickly nature is a challenge he wants to win. At first he is not thinking long term, but he soon realises how vulnerable she is and wants to help. He finds that he is very much in love with her. I found their developing relationship believable and touching.

The character of Ellen is pivotal. It is Ellen who decides to turn Valerie’s life around. She starts by making small changes in the office, trying to draw Valerie out in conversations and encouraging her to socialise. Oh, and she also introduces her to Lex! The secondary characters of Tim and Paul, Valerie’s employees are also supportive of her. Tim in particular is also very protective, knowing of her history.

I feel that anyone who has experienced anxiety or depression due to past trauma, or is close to someone who has, will find that this book deals sensitively with the subject. It also illustrates the redeeming power of love. Despite the serious subject matter, Misanthrope is a very funny love story, the humour ranging from light to dark. The author’s descriptions of how Ellen bursts into Valerie’s ‘grey’ world and adds shades of colour to it are hilarious, as is the banter between Valerie and Lex and her reaction to his tried and tested seduction techniques.

Louise Wise is a British author and, like Eden, the novel has a British feel. I again found her voice fresh and original and I was immediately intrigued by the characters and quickly drawn into the plot – it would make an excellent screenplay with the right cast. I recommend this book to all romance lovers, not just those who enjoy contemporary romance or chick-lit.
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