By Harriet Evans
Published: Downtown Press; Oct. 2007
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)