- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Fourth Estate (7 Aug. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007227248
- ISBN-13: 978-0007227242
- Package Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.4 x 3.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,431,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘Stuffed with saucy literary asides, this is a book that name-checks dusty classics as frequently as hot labels. Yet it’s Dora who lifts it so far above the forest of pink-jacketed chick-lit: tart yet tender-hearted, she’s fully aware of the messiness that separates real life from literature.’ Daily Mail
‘Lovingly crafted and beautifully written…this is a book that navigates the fine line between fiction and reality, and which will be adored by women everywhere.’ Glamour
‘This book could change your life…a perfect mixture of comedy, tragedy and brilliantly eccentric characters, and even includes a reading list if you fancy expanding your literary horizons.’ ***** (5 stars) Heat
About the Author
Jennifer Kaufman was a staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times for 10 years and is currently a freelance writer. Karen Mack is a film and television producer who has won Golden Globe and Emmy awards. Both live in Los Angeles and this is their first novel.
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Well, up to that point it was all going well, for Dora and for the book! I was enjoying the literary banter and the bookish quotes, the references to wonderful-sounding novels and the little quirks that mark out a chronic book addict. I had bits of paper sticking out everywhere marking books I wanted to hunt down and sentiments I liked, and I was looking forward to seeing where this bookstore romance would end up. Except... well, it didn't really end up anywhere!
Essentially the book just tailed off. Additional storylines were added and discarded - a friend in hospital, the back story of Dora's parents' divorce - and the plot drifted on for a bit longer, then wham! I turned the page and suddenly I was in the epilogue! A confusing, inconclusive little epilogue which felt horribly like the authors had just gotten bored and plumped for the dreaded 'And then they went home for tea'-type ending...
So, not quite the bookish deliciousness I had hoped for. In fact, past a certain point the books pretty much disappeared from the story anyway, so it just became a fairly weak chick lit novel in the last third or so. I did like the extra little section at the back, with author interviews, a literary quiz, and a jumbled list of all the books mentioned throughout the novel, which was a nice touch. The verdict: I enjoyed it - it was a nice little read for a day off - but it could have been so much more.
It was also wonderful to find a list of authors and books that had been referred to in the tale at the back of the book. It made it so easy to look them up and add them to my wish list and ever increasing TBR pile!
Dora gradually becomes more involved in Fred's life and with his family and soon starts to realise that he might not be the Knight in shining armour that she thought he was.
This is an easy going novel, good beach reading and doesn't require a lot of thought as you read. Some of the literary information that is scattered through the book is quite interesting (but I didn't think it wasn't always relevant to the story.)
Nice, will pass a couple of hours.
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