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The Love Detective Paperback – 16 Jan 2014

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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444712144
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444712148
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alexandra Potter was born in Bradford, Yorkshire. She has lived in Los Angeles (which inspired her second novel) and Australia where she worked on Vogue and Cleo (and did rather too much sunbathing). She has also worked as a features writer and sub-editor for women's glossies in the UK including Elle, More!, OK! and Vogue. She now writes full-time and lives in Notting Hill, London.

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Magical, fun and romantic, this feel-good read is guaranteed to lift your January mood. **** (Closer)

This book is something special; it's real, funny and magical, taking you on a whirlwind adventure through India . . . It would make the perfect holiday read at any time of the year. (onemorepage.co.uk)

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Because love is the greatest mystery of all . . . Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime with this magical romantic comedy from the bestselling author of ME AND MR DARCY.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ChickLitLove on 16 Jan. 2014
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I'm very excited to be able to introduce you to my new favourite book. That's right- I've been blown away (and if you'd ever met me, you'd know that this is not an easy thing to do!)

The Love Detective by Alexandra Potter is the beginning of a new series, with this installment set in India. Neither of these elements was a particularly auspicious start in my eyes - I like stand-alone novels and never really get excited about series. Oh, and I'm a stick-in-the-mud-stay-at-home-semi-coward when it comes to travelling. I just don't have the bug.

But, and this is a very big BUT (or even two), this book reads like a stand-alone. It's the full shebang, intrigue, fireworks and the perfect ending. And Ruby Miller, our defeated-in-love blocked-romance-writing heroine is an even bigger stay-at-home than me, so I instantly connected with her.

Alexandra Potter whisks you away on a stunning journey of discovery across India, and as Ruby travels across India searching for her errant sister, you'll find yourself falling in love with this exotic setting (not to mention the wise-ass, handsome, extremely annoying stranger!)

So, all in all, this is the perfect read to start the year- a life-changing journey in the company of a witty, self-depreciating heroine. I can't wait for the next in the series!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melle Beynon on 30 Jan. 2014
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This book was perfect for this time of year when the UK is dull, wet and cold it was lovely to read about a warm, fragrant, colourful country. You can tell the author has visited India as she describes it so well in such vivid detail, having read the book I now feel like I have also been and want to return! The love story is perfect from beginning to end with plenty of twists and turns I found it hard to put down. The best thing about Alexandra's writing is the magical element and this did not disappoint, making me feel shivery and emotional in equal measure. A great book for all lovers of modern romance, I can't wait for the next installment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vivien Murray on 26 Jan. 2014
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It is not often that I write a review of a purchase on Amazon, in fact, I believe I have only ever done it once before.
However, I felt I really needed to review this. I bought 'The Love Detective' on 23rd January 2014, and it arrived yesterday (25th!). I have to admit that when I bought this, I hadn't even read the blurb of it. I simply saw that there was an Alexandra Potter book that I hadn't read yet and wanted it! I was NOT disappointed. I picked this up last night and thought I'd read the first chapter to see how I'd get on. Next thing I know, I'm half way through the book because I just couldn't put it down! I ended up finishing the whole book before going to bed and I absolutely loved it. I completely fell in love with our lead character and could completely identify with her needing to re-find herself etc. I won't go into any details as I wouldn't want to ruin the book for anyone who reads this review. All I can say is, if you buy this book, and are an Alexandra Potter fan, you will not be disappointed!
I would absolutely recommend this to a friend!!!! Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pajama Book Girl on 16 Jan. 2014
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For my first read of 2014 I am happy to announce all upcoming books need to be afraid. Alexandra Potter's new release The Love Detective is not only a fabulous romance novel, but an inspiring, cultural whirlwind. You start off not really knowing what you're going to get with this book, but more or less straight away you are engrossed and captivated in Indian sun and a delightful tale of love, friendship, family and fate.

Heroine Ruby Miller has you eating out of her hands after a few chapters. Badly heartbroken by a cheating fiancé the week of her wedding has left her physically and emotionally crushed, as a romance author this isn't too good for her writing. Timid, organised and with a passion for Pyjamas you connect with her like she's one of your own friends that you want to make happy again. Her one liner's have you in stitches my personal favourite being when describing her arse in a bikini 'Sags like rice pudding in a string bag' is genius.

It really is an excellent book. Fast, sharp, witty and as it's the start of a new series I am seriously looking forward to book two.
A must read for 2014.
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Ever since Ruby, aged thirty-something, caught her (now ex) fiancé in flagrante with another woman, life has been in a bit of a rut – staying in watching tv, curling up with her dog etc. That is until her elderly next door neighbour points out that “There’s plenty of time to be sensible when you get to my age.” so she jumps on a plane to join her sister on holiday in Goa.

After a seemingly death defying journey from the airport to their holiday destination, Ruby finds herself in a wonderful peaceful hotel away from the outside hectic world. Yoga classes are held in the open air as the sun sets, flower petals adorn the bed and all is calm and beauty. That is until Ruby’s sister runs away. Ruby is then swept away on a whirlwind of adventure that takes her from Goa, to Agra and the Taj Mahal, to the stunning scenery of Pushkar, to the wedding season in Udaipur and finally on to Jodhpur.

“Look after your little sister” is a refrain Ruby has been brought up with, so she cannot let her parents down. But what about Heathcliff back in London, and the tall, dark, handsome, but annoying, American she meets? Ruby is definitely not looking for love, just her little sister – and her incredible journey through India provides the reader with many laugh out loud moments. As Ruby says, “What a difference a week makes”, from her old life which was safe and predictable including “a whole drawer full of clean underwear” to the chaos that is her current life, which brings with it the extraordinary feeling of being free. Her search opens her mind to new experiences as she discovers all that is magical about India.

For the traveller, this book gives a great idea of what it is like to travel in India, from train journeys to tuk tuks, from touring the Taj Mahal to sleeping in a tent.
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