HOW WILL I KNOW? by SHEILA O'FLANAGAN.
Claire fell for Bill Hudson when she was just five years old. First they were best friends, then lovers, then husband and wife, then parents. But the love affair ended when tragedy struck and Bill was snatched away.
In the three years since, Claire has devoted her life to her daughter Georgia. But what teenager Georgia needs now Claire just can't give her - advice on boys. There's only one solution: Claire's going to have to start dating.
Claire's willing to try anything - from Internet Lonely Hearts to theatre trips with hunky wasp exterminators. What she hasn't reckoned on is that the people she meets will have their own complicated reasons for being there - and that her safe little world might be about to change in the most unexpected ways ...
... From the outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE: Claire woke up earlier than usual on the morning Georgia was due to go to summer camp for a month.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: She wasn't quite sure whether her high-heeled shoe caught on something on the glossy floor, or whether it was the way she'd moved towards him. All she knew was that, quite, suddenly, she was shooting forwards, tripping out of her shoe, and shrieking as her full glass of red wine spun out of her hand in an almost perfect arc .........
The main strand of this novel was the story between mother (Claire) and daughter (Georgia) who had one of those relationships where the mother seemed to view herself as more of a friend than a parent - I found both of these characters both bland and irritating in the extreme.
Much more interesting, believable and worthy of the book were grandparents, Eileen and Con, and friends, Eavan and Glenn whose stories also featured quite heavily though not nearly enough for my liking.
Overlong and predictable, with certain elements to the plot that were totally beyond belief and with an ending that, quite frankly, made me want to hold my head in my hands and groan out load, there was still something (what to be honest is anybodies guess) about How Will I Know? that was fairly readable despite all it's many flaws. I don't know perhaps it was just a case of the right book at the right time, my still being fairly poorly at the time of reading and not really able to concentrate. Either way, this is not a book for the shelves, certainly not something I'd read again.
How Will I know? was purchased at an OXFAM charity shop.