When Charlotte breaks her leg in way too many places at her best friend Sam’s engagement picnic, her entire life unravels before her eyes. Unable to go to work, she is suddenly left with too much free time on her hands. Removed from her high-end job and unbelievably sexy and irresistible boss, with whom she just might have been in love for the past years, her life starts taking an interesting turn.
Inspired by a newspaper article, she starts her own online dating help business. From her home computer she assists her clients in their online dating banter. Because not everyone is good at the online back and forth, which, let’s be honest, is the cue to successful online dating. What started as a simple diversion soon becomes so much more when she comes across handsome William’s online dating profile, a guy one of her clients is interested in. It only takes a few (way too personal) messages and she is head over heels in love with him. Will there be a happy end for them despite the difficult circumstances?
A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger is a book full of surprises. The characters are messy, awkward and crazy. But in a way that makes you fall in love with them from page one. Each one of them has their own imperfections, but that’s exactly what makes them loveable and realistic. Sam could easily be your actor best friend driving you crazy with his Shakespeare pick up lines and sloppy good looks. And Charlotte, well, Charlotte could easily be you. She is passionate about her friends and family and extremely driven. Her boss appreciates her good work (and maybe a bit more than just her job ;)) and her day is timed to the second: gym class, lunch with her friends, work, work and then again some more work. She is stuck in her daily routines but never questions them. Because it is easy to forget what really makes you happy when you are stuck in your day to day routine. Right? But there is a part of her that wants more than just professional success. A part that comes out more and more as the story progresses. I love the fact that she changes into a person who is brave enough to take a chance and make some changes. A quality that more people should have.
Lucy Robinson’s writing style is about as fabulous as the plot itself. Every page is filled with witty and funny banter. Don’t even try to keep a straight face at all times. It won’t be possible. But it isn’t all smiles and laughter. There are some deep passages mixed in there that make you question your decisions and the life you’re leading. There isn’t a single redundant page in the book. Not a scene or sentence too much. If you ask me, Lucy Robinson did everything right. Period.
A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger is the kind of book that leaves you wanting more. It leaves you with a very strong need for knowing more. I was literally desperate for just a few more pages at the end. Pages that meant that the book wasn’t over yet. And even after reading it three times, I’m still looking forward to reading it a fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eight (you get the idea ;)) time.