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A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger Paperback – 31 Jan 2013
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Praise for Lucy Robinson (-)
The new Marian Keyes . . . romantic and laugh-out-loud hilarious (Cosmopolitan)
We laughed, we cried, we fell in love (Heat)
One of Britain's most talented rising stars (Huffington Post)
Fans of Marian Keyes and Cecelia Ahern will love Lucy Robinson's giggle-inducing humour, relatable characters and her ability to tackle tough topics in the most engaging way (Glamour)
Fabulous characters, dark secrets and a clever, compulsive plot that will take you completely by surprise (Lucy Diamond)
I couldn't put this book down: a fabulously original love story (Lucy Dillon)
Enthralling from the get-go and packed with an irresistible blend of brilliant characters, intriguing drama and a plot twist that will slam-dunk your brain into the middle of next week (Isabelle Broom)
You'll be laughing one minute and crying the next (Lucy Diamond)
I flaming loved it (Milly Johnson)
About the Author
Lucy Robinson is the author of The Greatest Love Story of All Time, A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger and The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me. Lucy worked in theatre and then television documentaries before starting a blog for Marie Claire about her laughably unsuccessful foray into the world of online dating. She did not meet a man during this time but she did become a novelist: every cloud has a silver lining. She now lives in Bristol with her partner, The Man, whom she met when she took off to Buenos Aires to become a bohemian writer in 2010.
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This makes for a fun, undemanding read, with a few interesting twists along the way. Charley as the heroine, is mostly an engaging character, undergoing a transformation during the course of the book from stressed workaholic to a more balanced individual capable of enjoying life; and it was interesting to watch her change her priorities and realise the things that really make her happy.
There's generally plenty going on in the story, from Charley's hot shot career as Communications Director for a high flying pharmaceutical company, romantic entanglements with her boss John, to her new enterprise of First Date Aid and of course her e-mail exchanges with William and the dilemma that throws up. Throw in her slightly eccentric family, crazy friend Hailey and adorable housemate Sam and there's all the ingredients for a winning chicklit.
Robinson's writing is trendy and modern compared with quite a lot in the genre; her style characterised by humour and a slight naughtiness. Parts of the story are perhaps rather stretched out, and at times you just wanted to shake Charley and tell her to pull herself together and sort things out. Whilst a perfectly enjoyable read, I might have liked to feel more emotionally invested in the characters and relationships; for some reason they felt like characters in a story as opposed to real people, perhaps the scenarios and situations not ringing true enough of real life.
For a person who is used being ridiculously busy, time off scares her, and so she sets up First Aid Date, a service to ghost write online dating encounters, as so many people are bad at written banter.
And then Charley, falls in love with William, the prospective date of one of her clients...
The progression of this love affair, is brilliant, if unexpected, and full of twists and turns.
Loved reading the initial emails between Charley and William, and seeing just how quick a connection can be made between 2 people.
Lucy writes beautifully, in that way that makes you never want to stop reading. Page after page just flows with laugh out loud moments, tear-jerking lines and a story that even though you have an idea how it might end you couldn't possibly guess how it will get there.
Thank you Lucy. Long live romantic comedy.
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I enjoyed this! Predictable, yes - but so what.