Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Fairy Tale Romance?

'A Hopeless Romantic'
By Harriet Evans


Format: Paperback
Published: Downtown Press; Oct. 2007
Pages: 531


Synopsis: Laura Foster is a hopeless romantic. Her friends know it, her parents know it - even Laura acknowledges she lives either with her head in the clouds or buried in a romance novel. It's proved harmless enough, even if it hasn't delivered her a real-life dashing hero yet. But when her latest relationship ends in a disaster that costs her friendships, her job, and nearly her sanity, Laura swears off men and hopeless romantic fantasies for good.


With her life in tatters around her, Laura agrees to go on vacation with her parents. After a few days of visiting craft shops and touring the stately homes of England, Laura is ready to tear her hair out. And then, while visiting grand Chartley Hall, she crosses paths with Nick, the sexy, rugged estate manager. She finds she shares more than a sense of humor with him - in fact, she starts to think she could fall for him. But is Nick all he seems? Or has Laura got it wrong again? Will she open her heart only to have it broken again?

My Take: After my success with 'The Love of Her Life' by Harriet Evans I was looking forward to jumping right in with another one of her books. I love discovering new-to-me Brit Chick Lit and when I do I will often devour it. The premise of this one really enchanted me. 

Laura, our lead is a hopeless romantic, hence the title. I had a hard time falling in line with her life though. She started out being in love with Dan. She was having an affair with a man who had a girlfriend. She justified this because he didn't like his girlfriend and she didn't like the girlfriend. However, 6 months later he still hadn't broken up with the girlfriend and her whole life was in tatters because of Dan. Hopeless is right! I don't know, women like this make me crazy. Who beleives that you start a relationship with a man like that and he won't turn around and do the same to you? At any rate her life falls apart, like really falls apart. So she escapes from it all for awhile.

This leads her to a vacation with her parents and grandma and the real story begins where she meets someone really worth falling in love with. The question is can she begin to love again or will she mess this one up to? Is she ready to fall in love again? Are their lives too different? Once the book got to this part of the story I liked Laura a lot more. I wanted her to get her life back on track and I wanted to believe that she was genuinely a good person whose life just faltered for awhile. Everyone hits a low sometimes. 

One other minor complaint: a lot of sentences started with, 'Er'. As in, "Er, I don't know". This would be fine if it was every once in a while but I felt like it was ALL the time. I think that Evans refined her style a lot by the time 'The Love of Her Life' was written is all I'm saying. Still I enjoyed this book and it made for a fun summer read.

(I got this from PBS)

7 comments:

  1. Laura Foster is a hopeless romantic. Her friends know it, her parents know it - even Laura acknowledges she lives either with her head in the clouds or buried in a romance novel. It's proved harmless enough, even if it hasn't delivered her a real-life dashing hero yet

    This is me to a tee except that I refuse to give up! I will have to read this I love Brit Chick Lit!

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  2. I agree, this isn't my top pick by Evans, but it's still fun and a good read. I definitely agree on the "duh" why in the heck would you do that, affair-type situation. So weird! Anywho, great review!

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  3. I've never read any Evans but I love chick-lit and I think I'd like to read some of her work, even if it isn't this one. I will keep an eye out for The Love of Her Life though.

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  4. Felicia - this does sound like the perfect book for you then! Evans is quickly becoming a new fav!

    The 1stdaughter - Thanks! Yes, still a fun read!

    Bookworm - Definitely give Evans a try!

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  5. I didn't see your final grade then? You give me a lot to look forward to in the next book then, because I adored this book! Maybe it was because I had recently gone through a pretty gut-wrenching break up, but I thought the story meandered in a way that I found realistic and like a fairytale all at the same time. I'll have to read the next book though, and soon, to see if she really does get better.

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  6. Becky - my final grade was a B. I put it in my Labels. Let me know if this isn't apparent and maybe I should fix it - thanks!

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  7. Er, I think I'm going to have to check out this author. Er, however, maybe not this particular book. Er, thanks.

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