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The Cupid Effect Paperback – February 6, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (February 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749933437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749933432
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,419,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A delicious romantic comedy about love, life and good intentions - although her professional life seems to be sorted, Ceri's personal life is still a no-go area. All her pent-up energies appear to simply solve other people's problems. Is Ceri destined always to play Cupid or can she use some of her powers to help herself ?

About the Author

Dorothy has two degrees, is a journalist, and has written for numerous women's magazines and newspapers, including the Guardian, New Woman and Cosmopolitan. Her first novel for Sphere, My Best Friend's Girl, was a Richard & Judy Summer Read of 2006. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
This is a book I really struggled with how to rate.

The writing is stellar.
The story is funny.
The characters are great.

It was frustrating as hell!!!

I was expecting a romance. If not a romance novel romance, I at least expected the main character to flirt and find love in that light, chick-litty way. None of this happens.

The main character, Ceri, lives through a lot of people. Through her we relive other couples' romances troubles. She listens to them, understands their issues instinctively and solves their problems. The other couples are great reading material. Their romantic troubles run the gamut -- a gay couple who can't communicate, two people who are in other relationships who want each other, a shy guy who pines for the gorgeous popular gal from afar. Ceri navigates these romantic waters like Horatio Hornblower. She's a champ.

But I kept flipping he pages waiting for her to get her own guy. I was sure the next chapter would be her fateful meeting with HIM.

Until I got to the Epilogue.

It really should have dawned on me sooner, but I was hopeful. The whole point of the book was for Ceri -- just like me -- to realize that her being 'Cupid' was the whole point. She wasn't supposed to be the focus, she was the accelerant so to speak. There is a little bit of the woo-woo factor that adds to the story to sell the idea.

If you can simply bury the hope that this should be a conventional romance then you will enjoy the book immensely. Once I got over my pout, I had to acknowledge that the book was very good. Koomson is a brilliant writer. Simply brilliant.
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By jjazz59 on May 11, 2012
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This was not my favorite book by her. In fact it was quite a slow read. I often found myself bored with it. Took me longer to finish this one compared to her other books. I wouldn't recommend this one unless you really like the author.
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This book was good. The story is very likable but there is no great plot or conflict that must be resolved. I wished the author dove into the main character's life more than the surrounding characters.
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