The Woman Who Met Her Match Paperback – 20 Apr 2017
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‘A terrifically entertaining, cheery romance, with an endearing heroine.’ SUNDAY MIRROR
‘Warm, funny and poignant.’ DAILY MAIL
‘Warm, witty and fun.’ MY WEEKLY
‘The voice of modern woman.’ MARIE CLAIRE
‘More than funny, it’s true.’ ELLE
‘Warm, funny and endearing.’ BEST
About the Author
Fiona Gibson is an author and journalist. Originally from Yorkshire, she started her writing life at the age of seventeen on Jackie magazine. She is a regular contributor to Red, Sainsbury’s Magazine and the Sunday Herald, and lives with her husband and their three children in Lanarkshire, Scotland.
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My other issue with it was the whole employment thing. I have no issue with her working on a beauty counter. I have no issue with her trepidation when the company is taken over by a large corporation and the way they are expected to work is changed. What I do have issues with are the seemingly seamless way she scuppers their plans and then just happens to have a good relationship with the two elderly women who sold the company who (despite being in their late 70s) are starting a new venture and just so happen to offer her a job for when they open. Definitely all felt too contrived and unrealistic.
There are moments of humour in the book. Especially the descriptions of her handful of dates from datemylovelymum.com. I also found her relationship with her mother quite amusing - there's something about mothers that turn us all back in to spotty 13 year olds shuffling our feet and hanging our head. Yes, her mother is overbearing but there is a real sense that she is doing her best for Lorrie, even if it doesn't always come across that way. Lorrie's relationship with her teenage children is also a refreshingly good one with them all exasperating each other in the way only family can.
The relationship with the enigmatic Antoine is sweet in the flashback to 16 year old Lorrie, strangely chaste and romantic cloaked as it is in the rose tinted hues of remembrance. When she meets up with him again he is all that she remembered and, sadly, he is so much more. You never really become invested in Lorrie pairing off with her Frenchman and I did find him quite offputting as a character and really couldn't see what she saw in him.
Not one of Ms Gibson's finest but it did entertain in places and, on the whole, felt relatively realistic. A good read for long lazy afternoons when all you need is a long, cool drink and some non-taxing distraction.
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