Review: A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger by Lucy Robinson
The plot of A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger, as the title suggests, is a book is about starting a love affair with a total stranger. Due to an untimely sabbatical from her job in a pharmaceuticals company caused by a broken leg, our heroine Charley sets up her own business as a contemporary Cyrano De Bergerac setting up couples who find each other on dating websites. All the flirting is done by Charley as she matches the haplessly singles with potential soul mates. However, it all goes a bit cock-a-mamy when she inconveniently falls in love with one of the potential dates for her most forthright client Shelley.
Having absolutely loved Lucy Robinson’s first novel The Greatest Love Story of All Time DS definitely had high expectations for her second offering. Initially, the story didn’t feel as easy to get into as her debut however in a weird sense this kind of worked in the development of the protagonist, Charley. To begin with she comes across as uptight and also a little tough to warm to. However, as the story develops so does she; she softens and becomes very likeable and more importantly very relatable for anyone trying to maintain a career and a love life. The story has some shocking moments where you genuinely inhale an “Oh my god! That did not just happen!” breath.
What this book also offers is plenty of laughs, plenty of romantic encounters and characters that you will fall in love with and continue thinking about long after you turn the final page.
For those of us who love a good rom com then this book is definitely a must read. For those of you who are a bit sceptical but have considered online dating then I would still recommend that you give it a read, if not just to reminisce about your own collective courting experiences.
Both of Lucy Robinson’s books The Greatest Love Story of All Time is available now and A Love Affair with a Total Stranger will be available from the 31st January 2013 and are both well worth the read.