The fourth sparkling novel from the bestselling author of THE TRIALS OF TIFFANY TROTT, THE MAKING OF MINTY MALONE and OUT OF THE BLUE has Rose, a prickly agony aunt, fall for the charms of Theo, accountant by day, astronomer by night. who soon has her starry-eyed. But the starcross'd lovers have many obstacles to overcome on the path of true love. Agony aunt Rose has more than a few thorns digging in her side at present. Her seven-month marriage is in tatters, the bills are mounting up at an alarming rate and to top it off, she's being plagued by a stalker who seems to know rather a lot about the mysterious circumstances of her birth. It's usually Rose who dishes out the advice, but now she must rely on her wacky friends to come up with some solutions.They suggest she advertise for a lodger and at first, geeky accountant Theo seems the perfect choice for the now resolutely single Rose. However, she becomes intrigued by her new housemate's fascination with astronomy and he soon has her starry-eyed.
But the path of true love never did run smooth, and the starcross'd lovers face stiff opposition in many forms, including the increasingly deranged stalker who is intent on getting Rose's attention by fair means or foul...
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(197mm x 130mm x mm)
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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Isabel Wolff's stories of 30-something women meeting the right man aren't on the face of it unusual, but they stand far above their numerous competitors for the charm and sympathy of their writing. The narrator of this volume is Rose, whose successful career as an agony aunt contrasts painfully with her personal misery. Separated from her husband Ed after only seven months of marriage and permanently insecure after her mother's abandonment of her as a baby, Rose buys a house in south London and settles down with only her loquacious mynah bird for company. However, soon her life is looking up. Her effervescent twin friends Bella and Bea are a great support, and her new neighbours Beverley and Trevor the dog prove vital allies. Then Rose advertises for a lodger, and along comes Theo - an astronomer who opens up a whole new world to her. But just as Rose is gaining in spirits and confidence things start going wrong again; soon her career's on the line and her personal affairs are in disarray - and most confusingly of all, Ed starts suggesting they get back together?. This is an entertaining diversion given depth and warmth by the idiosyncrasies of the characters and humour of the plot. Wolff has a sharp eye for the absurdities of life and a Jilly Cooper-like fondness for bad puns, and she gives her creations enough life of their own for the reader to feel real sympathy for their tangles and troubles. In a genre where work is often just the backdrop for romance it's refreshing to see characters whose lives and identities are closely bound with the careers they pursue, and Wolff always makes sure that her heroines gain self-understanding and maturity as well as the handsome hero. All in all, a perfect piece of froth. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Isabel Wolff
Isabel Wolff was born in Warwickshire and read English at Cambridge. She is the author of seven other bestselling novels, which are published in 23 languages. She lives in London with her family.