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The characters were difficult to root for. The heroine had little, if any appeal. Instead of being a plausible down-on-her-luck character she comes across as a whiny Debbie-Downer. To make things worse, she makes no effort to improve her situation in life. She just plugs away at her sad, lonely existence with an "oh wo is me" attitude. Stop being so turned off by the human race and make a friend! I felt that her lonely lot in life was too much of her own fault to feel any sympathy for her.
But the heroine wasn't the worst offender. Almost every secondary character was either rude, shallow, or snotty. The hero took the cake for poorly developed characters. His behavior was often crass or selfish, so much so that it didn't seem plausible that he would care about the heroine, or anyone for that matter. Does anybody really find a man appealing when he whines about all of the faults of his previous girlfriend? The author tried to make too much of him (multi-language, massage specialist, consummate chef, pedicure master, ninja) but fails to make him an appealing person. His final moments in the book seem beyond ridiculous. The whole feel-so-bad-for me-while-I-publicly-and-tactlessly-expose-my-ex approach was the final nail in his coffin for me.
To be fair, I understand that the point of this novel is to provide a fun, escapism for the reader.Read more ›
At the beginning, Madeline Smith is a sad 41-year old Londoner with no social life, no relationships, hasn't had sex in...well, a long time, her totally dead-end job could go away at any second, and has a self-involved sister with the "perfect" life. Plus the American superstar actor Chet Vincent, who she has had a crush on,...OK, is madly in love with...since they were teens (they're the same age) has fallen off a yacht in the middle of the Mediterranean and is presumed dead. Not such an auspicious start, huh? So the only place it can go is up, right?
See, David Powell moves across the way from her apartment. He has a potbelly. He wears clothes from the 70's. He has a large red nose, a messy beard, and may just be wearing a toupee. To top it off, he has really bad teeth and very smelly feet. Maddie is instantly revolted by him. Until...she finds herself staring into his beautiful and oddly familiar eyes and begins to fall for him. And he for her.
And then the story takes off. Because David has secrets. Big secrets.
This book is a quick, but amazingly fun read. You have to love Maddie. She's everyone who's ever felt dissatisfied with their life. And Ms. Hole brings her to life brilliantly (plus, I learned a lot of new Britishisms). I loved David. I thought Beth was great (once she got her nose out of the air). And then there is another character that shall not be named (SPOILER!) that is pretty awesome too.
And the ending? Too cool for word - but Ms. Hole found them really well.
Drop everything you're doing. Drop your other books. Drop your kids (but on the bed, please) and grab this book.
This story bills itself as a modern fairytale, but it's too ridiculous even for that. Imagine that you're a fat (self-described), friendless, down on her luck 41 year old woman who hasn't had sex in 25 years and is the world's biggest fan of Brad Pitt. Somehow, Brad Pitt fakes his own death to get away from Angelina Jolie. Brad takes on a disguise and moves into the apartment next door to you. In the course of time, you two fall in love while his identity is concealed. You get a haircut and start wearing makeup and now everyone thinks you're gorgeous. Brad eventually confesses the ruse and his love to you. You two embark on sex marathons with each other, and you're able to satisfy his sex addiction despite being completely out of shape and out of practice, since you've not had sex in 25 years. It's so cataclysmic that you get pregnant. On Oscar night, Brad shows up, removes his disguise and excepts the award for best actor, explains why he faked his death, holds up a picture of you, tells the world he loves you and all the reasons why he loves you, and then proposes. You marry and then live happily every after, I guess.
I rolled my eyes so hard in this book. It was too ridiculous, and I just could not suspend disbelief. I liked it better when "Brad" was in disguise, although even then his character was written as a virtuouso when it came to everything. There were some editing errors, and in some cases, the hero was addressed by the wrong name. This wasn't the worst book I ever read, and I did finish it. However, my main impression is "you have got to be kidding me!" Two stars for that, and I don't recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very good romantic story about an actor who disappears from the spotlight to live as a unknown person in the suburbs of London. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Nana
I've read to 65% and I'm probably going to stop. I'm not invested in the story. I don't care for the heroine, Maddy. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kimisan
I enjoyed this book very much. It was somewhat predictable, but it will hold your interest. adAll in all a very good rePublished 7 months ago by SSM
I liked the book well enough but was kind of shocked (more surprised, I guess) how it turned slightly shades of grey towards the end. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is not my usual choice for reading. Looked interesting so I thought I would try it. Characters were interesting. Story line was good. The profanity wasn't necessary.Published 9 months ago by Kathy Q
Wonderfully entertaining! I was delighted that the heroine was an average women that became a "Swan". Read morePublished 13 months ago by Grandma
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