A Very Accidental Love Story Paperback – 1 November 2012
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1847562728
- ISBN-13 : 978-1847562722
- Product Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Publisher : Avon - GB (1 November 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 114,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
• 'Full of warmth, humour and emotion, this is a wonderfully written, unconventional love story that charms from the very first page. I adored it and didn't want it to end. Read it – I guarantee you'll love it.' Melissa Hill
‘It bubbles and sparkles like pink champagne.’ Patricia Scanlan
’Hilarious, effervescent, heart-warming…Claudia Carroll has another winner on her hands.’ Irish Independent
‘Hugely enjoyable.’ Heat
‘A guaranteed laugh.’ Hot Stars
‘Filled with energy…and brimming over with enthusiasm.’ RTE Entertainment
‘Imaginative, funny…pure escapism.’ News of the World
About the Author
Claudia Carroll is a number one bestselling author in Ireland and a top ten bestseller in the UK, selling over 670,000 copies of her paperbacks alone. She was born in Dublin where she still lives and where she has worked extensively both as a theatre and stage actress. She now writes full-time. Her 2013 novel ME AND YOU was shortlisted for the Bord Gais Popular Choice Irish Book Award.
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It's a story about Eloise Elliot a woman who is one of the youngest newspaper editors in the country. Very respected by her staff members. On the night of her 30th Birthday in the daily post's conference room with rubbish party food and awful looking balloons Eloise finds her very lonely but realises what she wants so badly from life...A baby!
A successful trip to a sperm bank and three years later is a wonderful new mother to a beautiful little girl called Lily. Juggling her high powered job and struggling with motherhood when she finds herself with no nanny she sends an SOS to her sister Helen to help her out. Lily soon starts asking about her daddy and who is he and why doesn't she see him. Eloise then decides to go on a mission for Lily...
This book is such an easy read and anyone who loves chick-lits are definitely going to love this one very much. I highly recommend people buy this book and give it a try!
Eloise comes across as such a strong and hard working woman who wants everything to be perfect in her life and then for her daughter Lily to start questioning about her daddy just breaks her heart so she starts her mission to find him.
Lily just came across as such a little cutie who you could just pick up and cuddle her.
I love the flow of the writing that Claudia did and it had me just wanting to finish the book quickly just so i could find out what happens on each page hehe. I don't want to give away too much else because I think you should just be able to enjoy it yourself hehe.
The story was original, which is one of the plus points. You don't get to the love story side to the end, which is fitting as it shows the story between Eloise and Jake develop without them realising it, plus it would not fit with Eloise's character if it had just hit her at the click of the fingers. Eloise is the sort of character who I worry about, because she bears the characteristics that I don't like in myself, and I worry about the way the author is going to show a character with these traits, but I think the author does eventually do a good job of making Eloise become more likeable. I did feel, however, that the story did drag on a bit and that a better job could have been done with the "confession" scene.
All in all, it is an OK story, glad I was able to finish it, but probably not one I would rush to read again in an instant and if I was recommending books to a friend, there are others I would pick before this one.
1) The naffness of the characterisations. The main character Eloise just got on my nerves with her indecision and dithering about should she/shouldnt she tell Jake he was her daughter's Dad. It was at this point I just gave up on her as she was becoming increasingly annoying with her stupidity.
2) It's OK to write a child's dialogue, it is quite easy for me as the reader to imagine how a 3-year old would talk. I did NOT need the listhping words added into the story. As in "Pwease, pwease fwind my Daddy" and "I'm pwaying with my new fwend" etc etc whenever her daughter Lily spoke. I just wanted to slap her - HARD!
Perhaps Claudia Carroll has written better books, but I shant be reading anything else written by her if this is the line her - novels (? I say this loosely) take.
I enjoyed this book. I felt it was a little on the light and fluffy side and I would have liked to have seen a bit more tension in the story, but still it was a very easy read and I cared about the main characters and what was going to happen to them. The only things that really grated on me were Lily's dialogue where every 'r' was made into a 'w' giving her a Violet Elizabeth Bott style lisp that I found immensely irritating and the poor editing/proof reading which meant the book was littered with spelling and grammatical errors.
My litmus test with any book is how much I look forward to picking it up and how reluctant I am to put it down. I looked forward to picking this book up all the way through. If you are looking for a light, easy enjoyable read then I would recommend this book. A good holiday/beach read.