Polly has been married to Arthur for ten years when she meets James Hammond. He’s her Road Not Taken. The One That Got Away. He’s also rich, and in one week he’s inviting her to his hotel in the country to give her the job she’s always wanted. He also wants her.
Polly is so tempted. Arthur is gorgeous, but he’s grumpy. He insists he can change, but can he? After ten years, can you learn to love? And if you could, would you still choose your partner?
Publisher: Audiogo Ltd., Jan 2013
Reviewer: Lucy Tierney
I used to read Andrew Clover’s column in the Sunday Times every week, so I was looking forward to his first novel, Learn Love in a Week.
The book features Arthur, the stay-at-home-dad of three delightfully unruly children, whose 10-year marriage to hard-working Polly is in danger.
Clover writes from the point of view of the tired, frustrated couple and their best friend, Em. The story takes place over a pivotal week in Arthur and Polly’s relationship. Polly has been married to Arthur for ten years when she meets James Hammond. He is Polly’s ‘The One that Got Away’. He’s also rich, and in one week he’s inviting her to his hotel in the country to give her the job she’s always wanted, and romance. Polly is tempted and the book covers each character’s perspective.
While the book is fast-paced and humorous the twists and turns of the seven days are also painfully compelling and easy to relate to especially if you are married….I would recommend reading this book as it is not just the humour that makes this novel great, but there is a compelling plotline, and underlying messages of what is really important in life. I’m looking forward to reading more from Andrew Clover.