Ten Minutes to Fall in Love Paperback – 2 Aug 2012
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About the Author
Julia Llewellyn is the author of The Love Trainer, If I Were You, Amy's Honeymoon, The Model Wife and Love Nest, all published as Penguin paperbacks. As Julia Llewellyn Smith she writes regularly for the Sunday Telegraph, the Sunday Times and many other publications. Julia lives in London with her family.
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I found this story was quite a break from the norm, it felt really refreshing to read it and I liked that it wasn't like a lot of other books I read at the moment. Zu is a great leading character, a strong, independent young women and not perfect, and Llewellyn is happy to show us her flaws. Zu is half Indian (her mother was Indian and her father is a white English man), and after the death of her mother when she was young due to a car crash, Zu has struggled to keep any sort of relationship, although she is still close to her younger twin brothers she virtually raised. I felt really sorry for Zu, she is clearly a deeply troubled character who needs help but won't seek it, and I found her realistic and quite a sad person.
The other characters in the book are extremely well written, and cover a broad ranges of sexes, ages and backgrounds. There's Zu's grandmother Naani, an Indian woman who owns a cosmetic company and is still reeling over the death of her daughter. There's Zu's father Tony who has been alone since his wife's death and is prompted to start dating again by Zu, despite his hesitations, and finds that love isn't perhaps as easy to come across as he thought. Finally, there's Gillian, a story seemingly unconnected to Zu's - Gillian is mother to teenager Holly who is rapidly going off the rails. When Holly's life descneds into chaos, Gillian realises she doesn't have anyone to turn to, but when tragedy strikes, Gillian finds help in the most unlikely of places. Each of these people have their own interesting story, and I really loved reading each of them, and loved how Llewellyn easy wove these stories altogether to make a seamless novel.
I really enjoyed reading Ten Minutes to Fall in Love, and found it such a refreshing read, and one which didn't seem like it had an obvious ending at all which was even better. All the way through, Zu kept going against what I wanted her to do, and I found myself getting irritated with her, then loving the new things she'd get up to, although I really wished she could have a better relationship with her poor father. Llewellyn juggles the multiple stories in the book easily, and manages to connect them all so you find it easy to follow the book, and wonder how each of these characters is going to end up by the final page. I read the book quite fast, in just a few sittings because I was keen to not put it down, and think it's probably my favourite of Llewellyn's books so far. She covers some big issues in the book; alcoholism and drug abuse among them, but does so without preaching, and makes them an important crux of the book. A refreshing and interesting read that I thoroughly enjoyed, and I recommend you give it a try too!
I found it hard to put down and could not wait to go back to it.
Zu Forbes wants to find her dad a girlfriend... She returns home after losing her job and realises her
father is really lonely. Zu lost her mother to alcholism - in parts it is not an easy read.
Into the mix comes Gillian who is bringing up her teenage daughter who is beyond horrid. You
think this going to be a chick lit read and it most definetely isn't. Zu is a fabulous character who
takes well meaning to a whole new level in fact she's so busy trying to sort our Tony's love life -
her dad ,that she almost misses whats staring her in the face. A brilliant brilliant read - I loved it.
Well, you shouldn't judge this book by the cover. (Although I must say I think it's a beautiful and eye catching cover)
It's a bit like an onion. Full of layers of unusual and unexpected turns.
Challenging daughter, lonely dad. The protagonist is not obsessed with designer shoes, which I found engaged me more.
I really thought the book had an unusual charm and has far more to it than the genre that it occupies.
Zulekha (the book is told from her point of view) has returned home having been made redundant from her Aid work in Chechnya. At home a turning point has been reached. Her much younger twin brothers are leaving home, leaving their widowed father to pick up the pieces of his life. His Indian wife, Deepika, who had suffered from severe post natal depression, had died eight years before in a car crash when she was drunk.
The repercussions of Deepika's illness and death have damaged all her family in ways that have never been fully resolved. Zulekha's response has been to take jobs as far away from home as possible. Now forced home she must try to face some of her demons. Using her Russian language skills, she takes a job at a dating agency part of whose work is based in Odessa. She hopes to find a suitable companion for her father which will allow her to leave home again without a qualm. Her Indian grandmother has similar plans. Of course things do not go smoothly.
The plot confronts Zulekha and her family with all sorts of difficulties and ethical dilemmas that finally start the process of self awareness needed to heal the scars of the past.
The general feel of the book is uplifting and optimistic, although some scenes are very troubling and the author does not pull her punches. It is an absorbing and, often, an amusing read and I felt great sympathy (and some exasperation) for Zulekha and concern for her happiness. A good read.
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