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The Love Detective Paperback – 16 Jan 2014
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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)
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.See all Product description
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You get involved with the characters and by the end are willing your inner love detective be right.
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!
Ruby I warmed to right away. I loved the fact she thought what might be a pleasant trip and coming back home with her sister infact turned out to be anything but. Jack the American night in shining armour in one instance in another a pretty annoying chap for Ruby.
An easy read and no murders, think Ruby was feeling like it though at times. Sisterly love and family all with romance thrown into the equation made for a good read for me.
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. How to enjoy the spices in Indian cooking, and what not to do if you have had your hands henna’ed. The unbelievable colours, the friendly people and the scary traffic are all depicted in a bright, light amusing way.
Light romantic comedy is not a genre I usually read, but I really enjoyed this lively, humorous and upbeat book. The characters in the book are wonderful, from Ruby’s literary agent who must be obeyed, to Rocky a taxi driver, to the awful Cindy. The plot had plenty of twists and turns to keep me interested and the insights into India (from a tourist’s viewpoint) were fascinating – in fact so good that I certainly want to re-visit this country, in particular Pushkar. I even learnt some urban slang!
This is a book that rainy days are made for – a wonderful escape into warmer climes.
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