Top critical review
A fun read
on 6 June 2014
Workaholic Charley Lambert finds herself facing her worst nightmare when she is forced to take time off work after breaking her leg, however will she cope with the boredom? In an attempt to keep herself busy she soon sets up her own online dating company, acting as a ghost writer for hapless online daters. When she starts corresponding for her latest client Shelley with an ENT surgeon called William, however, she is bowled over by his witty, sensitive and insightful e-mails. Soon she can't get William out of her mind, completely falling for this total stranger; however, should she pursue him for herself? Suffice to say it is a long road to that happy ending for Charley.
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.