Book review: A Very Accidental Love Story, Claudia Carroll

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“An original, funny and poignant story about those things in life that you just can’t plan for…‘A very modern fairytale, full of Claudia’s trademark wit and humour’ Sheila O’Flanagan.  Eloise Elliot is one of the youngest newspaper editors in the country. Respected and revered by her peers, she’s at the top of her game. But, on the eve of her thirtieth birthday, finding herself surrounded by some pathetic looking balloons and mangy sandwiches in The Daily Post’s conference room, Eloise is hit but a long sharp pang of loneliness. Suddenly, and with dazzling clarity, she realises what she wants to make her life more complete. A baby.  One successful trip to the sperm bank and almost three years later and she is the adoring mother of a gorgeous little girl, Lily. Juggling a high-powered job with motherhood is not easy and when she finds herself without childcare she sends an SOS to her sister Helen. Yet it’s when Lily starts asking about her ‘daddy’ that Eloise really starts to panic. What will she tell her?  So Eloise decides there’s nothing for it – she’s going to find Lily’s father. After all, she chose the perfect donor so surely there won’t be any surprises. Except that there are plenty, and Eloise gets a lot more than she bargained for.

 

Reviewer: Andrea, Edgware, London

A Very Accidental Love Story falls wholeheartedly into the genre of chick- lit. It is a definite easy read. The book has an interesting premise – a high powered, working lady has a child through artificial insemination and then decides she needs to find out the identity of the donor as her daughter wants a ‘daddy’. Do not expect an examination into the real life of a child or parents’ experience of the reality of artificial insemination. Expect an implausible storyline, a bit of drama, a small amount of humour and the expected fairytale ending.

It took me a little bit of time to get used to the writing style which, at the beginning, is a bit like reading a long, angry rant. Plus there were a number of typos, grammatical errors and repeated phrases – which annoyed me a bit. But, once you get into it, it is an easy page-turner, a bit like a soap opera but on paper.

Would I recommend this book to a friend who was looking for page-turning chick-lit? Unfortunately I probably wouldn’t. If you’re looking for easy chick-lit there is better around – the characters are not well developed and the writing style can grate. But, if the premise interests you, it’s a quick little read, that’s entertaining while it lasts but is easily forgotten.

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