Jane Hollinger is single, divorced, and the wrong side of thirty--as she puts it. Her friends are pressuring her to dive back into London's dating pool, but she’s content with her quiet life as a genealogy teacher.
Robert Armstrong is every woman's fantasy: handsome, charming, rich and famous. When he asks her to meet him, she convinces herself it's because he needs her help with a mystery in his family tree. Soon she realizes he's interested in more than her genealogical expertise.
Now the paparazzi want a piece of Jane too. Can Jane handle living -- and loving -- in the spotlight?
Lorna Peel was born in England and lived in North Wales until her family moved to Ireland to become farmers.She now lives in Ireland, where she writes, researches family history, and grow fruit and vegetables.
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(From author's website)
"Happy Birthday. Must meet for a drink and a chinwag sometime. Best wishes, Tom"
The book was written by an English author and I find the difference between our languages and "buzz words" fascinating, but at times, the difference makes the dialogue a little difficult to understand. The book trailer is very good.
In this story, you have the protagonist, Jane Holliger, who having been through a marriage break up due to her husband's inability to stay faithful, trying to learn to trust in love again. In pops a dashing movie star who decides that she is the "only one". Add to the mix a fit-throwing, non-censoring mouth sister and a brother who is not afraid to tell her to "shut-up" and you get the gist of their family dynamics.
While I thought the characters were not quite as developed as they could have been and the story line a little weak, the author displayed a great sense of humor.
(After her sister and best friend put her profile on a dating site.) This is what we've said about you." "What?" She grabbed the sheet of paper, almost tearing it. There she was; Jane Hollinger, age thirty-one, divorced, five feed eight inches tall, blue eyes, brown. Like history, cinema, reading and socializing..." "Why didn't you just auction me off on eBay?"
"Jane began to eat, then put her knife and fork down and glanced at the waitress. Four sisters? Four Mags'? No. That didn't bear thinking about."
(And, after falling sick after Robert cooked for her.) "Well, I was just calling to find out if she's feeling okay." "Well, no, she isn't feeling okay," Mags told him. "She says that she will never eat anything ever again. Can I have your name so I can sue you on her behalf as she slowly starves to death?" "I'm sorry?" "Mags!" Jane hissed. Mags swatted her away as if she were an irritating fly. "I mean, what is it with you men? Her husband sumps her by Post-it note for the Ice Queen of Islington and you, whoever the hell you are, try your best to poison her." "Well, actually, I've been ill, too." "Oh, well, there is a God after all, then....Are you still there?" "Yes." "Good. You were the one, who tried to suck all the blood out of her through her neck, too, weren't you? You bloody vampire." Jane wrestled the handset from her and ended the call.
Overall, the book had a nice story-line and the humor kept the book interesting.
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