14 Jun 2011
THE HISTORY OF LUCY'S LOVE LIFE IN 10 1/2 CHAPTERS.
THE HISTORY OF LUCY'S LOVE LIFE IN 10 1/2 CHAPTERS by DEBORAH WRIGHT.
Lucy is bored with her love life. She has been dating Anthony Brown for a year but she's still not sure he is The One - she's young and there are plenty more fish in the sea, especially the cute boy in the newsagent's who keeps smiling at her. Modern men seem so useless - she wants a real romantic hero instead.
When Lucy is sacked from her job as a PA to a scientist, she retaliates by stealing the prototype for a time travel machine. Of course, she can't resist seeing if it works ....
And so Lucy heads back in time to meet the world's most famous lovers, including Byron and Casanova. Can they capture her heart, or has the true love of her life been under her nose all along?
..... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Prologue): Sometimes when I can't sleep, I lie in bed and pose the question: if you could spend one night with any man in the world - just one man - who would it be?
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 199): "Ralph!" she screamed, hitting him with her bouquet. "I can't believe you let them gun someone down at my very own wedding.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: Without a doubt I'll be keeping this one.
Hmm, to buy or not to buy? That was indeed the question. Looking on the negative side there was mention of a time machine (never a huge selling point to me) BUT on the plus side I loved the cover, the idea of going back in time to meet some of the world's greatest lovers really appealed and, the deciding factor, as ex-library stock reading about Lucy's love life (in under 11 chapters)was only going to cost me 30p - money more than well spent as it turns out.
A great, fun read, which, ok, a little silly in places, had me laughing out loud on several occasions not least of which was .....
I don't want to include any spoilers hence the option for you to hi-light the next paragraph if you so wish.
..... the adventures of Byron (aka Brian) who ends up in England in 2005 where, passing as Lucy's lover, he surfs the net, becomes a 'modern day' celebrity and, with the advent of Byronmaia gets to go on reality tv show Big Brother where he seduces feminist Germaine Greer.
A fun and original read, this was a novel full of wonderful characters, most of whom I could relate to on one level or another and many of whom I found myself really caring about. Take, for example, main characters Lucy and Anthony - whilst at times I found myself totally exasperated by their actions I also felt quite maternal towards them and, at times, found myself shouting out advice. And as for the world's most famous lovers that Lucy met on her 'travels'? A touch of genius, I loved how the author managed to cleverly include all these cultural references.
The 48th book read in the 100+ Reading Challenge. Not a read I was sure I would like or be able to follow, I found myself gripped by this book which though classed as 'chick lit' I found much more intelligent than the average read of this genre.