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The Hopeless Romantic's Handbook: A Novel by [Townley, Gemma]
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Length: 287 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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The latest from Townley (Learning Curves, etc.) features Kate Hetherington, interior stylist at London low-end makeover TV show Future: Perfect. Kate has come up empty in her search for true love; longtime friends Sal and Tom think she's unrealistic, but their own solutions aren't terrific: Sal has settled for a sensible marriage to Ed, a financier, while Tom, a surgeon, plays the field and avoids commitment at all costs. Desperate after an embarrassing speed dating incident, Kate buys The Hopeless Romantic's Handbook on eBay. Though the book, excerpted amusingly throughout, turns out to be chauvinistic and out of date, Kate soon she meets Joe Rogers, an American actor bartending while he attempts to jumpstart his career in London. Kate follows the book to the letter-putting off sex, showering Joe with attention, flattering his ego-and it works. Kate's bliss affects everyone around her, with unexpected consequences, in this optimistic and satisfying read.
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About the Author

GEMMA TOWNLEY is also the author of Little White Lies. She launched her writing career at the age of sixteen with a book review in Harpers & Queen. While at Reading University, Gemma, a singer, cellist, and bassist, found time to record two albums with her band, Blueboy, with which she toured the U.K., France, and Japan. After graduating, she worked on and contributed to a number of magazines, including Homes and Ideas, Pay Magazine, Expat Investor," and Company. She also wrote about music for style magazines including G-Spot and Second Generation. She later became an editor at Financial Management magazine.
Gemma is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is studying for an MBA at Henley Management College. She lives in West London with her husband, Mark.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 647 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (November 25, 2008)
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2008
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SEIAYG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,209,616 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I usually devour British chick lit. But this book... The story was good, it was, but I had two problems with the book. First, the "excerpts" from "The Hopeless Romantic's Handbook" were too wordy, too prosy, trying too hard, really, and I started skipping over those parts by Chapter 3. And secondly, some of the characters were underdeveloped in my opinion. You never "got inside their head." Though I think the three main characters had enough development, and one other character didn't need any more development as she came across quite well within her own dialogue. But all in all, it was only good. Not great, and not excellent.
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This is a sweet story about Kate Hetherington, an interior stylist, who is a self confessed hopeless romantic, on the verge of turning 30. She's looking for the one and stumbles across a book for sale on e-bay, titled "The Hopeless Romantic's Handbook" written in the 50s, and buys in on an impulse. Coincidentally, she meets Joe, a handsome actor whiling away his time being a bartender. Is he the one for Kate? She seems to think so. Kate's best friends Sal and Tom also appear in the story, each with their own issues.

I liked how smoothly the story flowed. There weren't any real surprises, but not every story has to blow you away to be a good read.
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I chose this book because I liked the cover design. The author knows how to write, create characters that you can see in your mind, and feel like you are there. She knows how to shift her prose style to establish atmosphere. She has a sense of humor and goodness. I like this author very much. I didn't feel dumbed down even though I was reading chick lit and was looking for entertainment. I also liked the idea of setting the main character in the frustrations of the reality designer working in a TV show. I liked believing that a TV career entails people being horrible. And it was fun to see how the 'good' people were rewarded and the not nice people were not able to achieve the fame they sought--always satisfying. The conflict resolutions were nicely handled. The plot was creative. It had all the elements required by the genre, but also was fresh.
I liked it.
If you like Sophie Kinsella, you will probably like this. If you like Nora Roberts, I don't know. I find Nora Roberts to inject something a little harsh/dangerous, then lacking in humor, and then leading into foreplay. Softened sex and violence, I guess.
This author has lightness, wit, insight, and can write a good story.
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Very boring, very predictable, I couldn't get passed the first few chapters because I had already figured out the ending. (I did look up the ending eventually and found out that I was correct) Very dissapointing overall.
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This is the third Gemma Townley novel that I have read, and I thoroughly enjoyed the other two, but this one I had a really hard time getting into. I think I was halfway through the book before I started to enjoy it. I think what made it hard was the narrator was actually reading the "Hopeless Romantic's Handbook" for the first half of the book and getting advice - very bad advice - from the book. It takes me back to that book that came out in the mid-90s about "The Rules." In the end, she discovered that someone who had been right under her nose for a very long time, actually loved her for who she was, not for how she perceived she should be based on a silly handbook. I give this book three stars, its a nice little tale about finding true love, and how easily it is to be taken advantage of, but not Townley's best title.
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