A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger, Paperback

A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger Paperback

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A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger by Lucy Robinson, author of The Greatest Love Story of All Time, is a hilariously funny and gorgeously romantic story about falling in love when you least expect it.

Charley Lambert has worked hard at creating a perfect life.

She has an aspirational flat, a job of international significance and a very good pair of legs, thanks to a rigorous health and fitness regime.

Best of all, her boss has asked her out after seven years' hard flirting and a covert fumble in a mop cupboard.

Then she breaks her leg in three places, watches her boss propose to someone else and - horror - is forced to hand over her job to her nasty deputy.

Charley, a certified workaholic, fears that she will go mad.

Dangerously bored, she starts helping people who are talentless at internet dating.

Then William arrives in her inbox and rocks her world.

Helpless, she watches herself fall in love with him and discovers she's not who she thought she was.

But can she turn her back on her old life - all for a total stranger?Laugh out loud and fall in love with Lucy Robinson's A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger Praise for Lucy Robinson: "Charmingly fun with bags of romance and laughs." (Closer). "One of Britain's most talented rising stars." (Huffington Post). "Refreshingly funny." (Star). "Romantic and laugh-out-loud hilarious." (Cosmopolitan). "Prepare for public-transport belly laughs." (Glamour).

Lucy Robinson is the author of The Greatest Love Story of All Time, A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger and The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me.

Lucy worked in theatre and then television documentaries before starting a blog for Marie Claire about her laughably unsuccessful foray into the world of online dating.

She did not meet a man during this time but she did become a novelist: every cloud has a silver lining.

She now lives in Bristol with her partner, The Man, whom she met when she took off to Buenos Aires to become a bohemian writer in 2010.




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What happens when a certified work-a-holic, micro-managing perfectionist breaks her leg and pelvis and is forced to take a break from her high-stress, high-powered job as the director of communications for a big pharma company in the lead up to one of their most impressive drug releases, an HIV vaccine, ever? In the case of Charley Lambert, the heroine in Lucy Robinson's latest novel, she starts up her own internet dating ghost writing business to help unlucky in love, seriously unwitty, incapable of engaging chat clients find their match online through appealing emails.Charley's life appears just about perfect to her, what with her carefully scheduled interests, her demanding but fulfilling work life, and the fact that her boss, whom she has had a raging thing for since she met him seven years ago, has asked her to dinner. But at the picture perfect engagement party she's organized for one of her longtime best friends and flatmate, Sam, she falls and breaks her leg and pelvis badly enough to need surgery. When she regains consciousness after her surgery, that perfect life crumbles. She is forbidden to work forcing her to hand over her precious job to her conniving and nasty assistant Margot. She has to cancel all of her usual appointments, which keep her busy every hour of every day. And her boss John, who has come to visit her at the hospital, turns out to be newly engaged to the woman he's been having an affair with for the past three years now that her divorce has come through. Her life is literally crashing down around her and there's nothing she can do about it.But a type A personality can't change that quickly and during her convalescence, Charley starts a business called First Date Aid to ghost write e-mails for internet daters having a hard time expressing themselves well through e-mail. She starts writing for a woman named Shelley who is a hard driven business woman in whom Charley sees much of herself. And as she writes to William, she not only recognizes herself in Shelley but she also starts to open up about her own life and perceptions, rationalizing that she is doing this soul searching solely on behalf Shelley. But when William responds to her personal insights with his own revelations, Charley finds herself falling for her client's online interest to the point that she's willing to sabotage their in person date to claim William for herself. Luckily things don't work out with this since everything is not as it seems. And rather than taking her new found knowledge of herself and changing her life in the ways in which she'd like to, Charley, now healed, retreats back into her prior regimented and work-focused life. But has her time off and the insightful emailing changed her permanently?This is delightful and funny, giggle-inspiring chick lit. Charley is an appealing character and if she's sometimes uncertain and makes the wrong choice, her usual brashness and good heart make her completely sympathetic. The secondary characters, especially flatmate Sam, who is gorgeous and loyal if a bit undirected and other best friend Hailey, foul-mouthed and real in her attempts to support and ground Charley, are great, just the sort of people you'd want in your corner too. The plot has a ton of twists and turns so that although the end is not such a surprise, the journey to it is good and surprising fun. A novel with real heart about the trade-offs we all make, consciously or unconsciously, and how hard it can be to make changes even when you want to make them, this will satisfy readers looking for a sweet and humorous read.

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A Passionate Love Affair With A Total StrangerThis is chick lit, not a genre I’d choose but the only way to know I wouldn’t choose it is to read from the genre. So when Real Readers sent me a copy I was up for the challenge! And I can’t say that I enjoyed it but equally I didn’t NOT enjoy it. For me it is a genre that relies solely on the telling of a story. You kinda know from the start what is going to happen and as such there is an inevitability and predictability that comes with such work. This novel is no exception. It became fairly obvious what the ultimate outcome would be it was just a matter of what path the writer and her characters took to achieve it.This particular novel is competently written for the most part, there is no attempt to make it ‘literary’ and I do respect that. I suppose the only way to go beyond the chick lit bracket is to do what David Nicholls did in ‘One Day’ with one particular outcome that was so unexpected and atypical of the genre. (Read it; I don’t do spoilers). And I don’t want to give anything away for those people who surely will enjoy this story. Bridget Jones is alluded to in the narrative, which I thought was a clever move because there are comparisons invited and by making the allusion clearly deflects any negative criticism.If this were a film you’d wait for it to come out on DVD rather than have the urge to see it on the big screen.But if you are a lover of chick lit you will enjoy this book immensely and I am sure it will do well for Lucy Robinson.

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The characters have potty mouths. It was not funny at all.