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Eccentric means love interest - every time.
on 30 January 2014
At first I thought this was just going to be your typical froth. And okay, yeah, it kind of was. The plot revolves around Gilly; a woman who was five minutes shy of being jilted at the altar and has been unlucky in love ever since. Her grand idea, put forward through advice guru and estate agent Robert, is to get a lodger - more specifically a Monday to Friday man.
So the plot thickens when attractive and high flying Jack answers her advert. Gilly's dog walking circle are at first ecstatic but as they find out more about Jack (or more to the point, less) they start to become less sure...including hat wearing Guy, who is kind, a good (good) friend and...oops, engaged.
You can see where this will go and it isn't so much the destination as the journey which earned Monday to Friday Man such a high rating. The way the author pulls all the strings together, adding in a sub-plot about Gilly's disabled sister, who died aged three, comes off both as lightweight and dramatic, in alternating forms. And there is something of a hot cup of tea and a cosy blanket about this, a comforter for the winter as opposed to a literary epiphany. Put bluntly; this will not win any Booker Prizes any time soon, but it fulfils the purpose of creating a light, feel good read which I got through in just two sittings.
For that reason I can recommend this novel for those who want to escape without having to look beyond a world painted with a rose tint. Which, let's face it, don't we all sometimes?