A Funny Thing About Love by Rebecca Farnworth
|A Funny Thing About Love by Rebecca Farnworth|
|Category: Women's Fiction|
|Reviewer: Jo Heffer|
|Summary: Carmen Miller seems to be unlucky in love and unlucky at work. Can a move to Brighton bring her the things that she wants especially when she meets the handsome Daniel? Or will love forever remain that elusive funny thing?|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 368||Date: August 2010|
|Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd|
A Funny Thing About Love is Rebecca Farnworth's second novel in her own name (after Valentine published in 2009) although she has previously written very successfully as a ghost writer. This book is very likeable and appealing with a funny and warm main character. It was a book that I enjoyed from start to finish and I will definitely keep an eye out for any further offerings from this author.
When the reader first meets Carmen Miller she is struggling to cope with the breakup of her marriage whilst not really enjoying her job as a comedy agent. Her boss always seems to find fault with her and she soon discovers that her ex husband's girlfriend is pregnant which comes as quite devastating news. The only thing that lightens up her days is the flirtatious banter that takes place between herself and her colleague Will. The problem is though that she is afraid of taking things further and eventually being hurt as she knows too well what that is like.
When things come to a head at work, she resigns and moves to Brighton in order to finally write the situation comedy that she has been thinking about for years. There she meets the devilishly handsome Daniel and his young daughter Millie and things look all set to be perfect. Sometimes though, Daniel's behaviour puzzles her and she can't help wondering whether he has really got over his ex wife leaving and whether he feels strongly enough about Carmen. Then of course, there's always Will...
I really enjoyed A Funny Thing about Love. The story held my attention from start to finish and moved along at a good pace. The main storyline is based on Carmen's unfortunate love life but there are a number of interesting sub plots as well which allows the author to introduce an array of charming and entertaining characters. Carmen is a fabulous main character whom it is so easy to identify with. She is funny and entertaining but she is also thoughtful and clever. Maybe she makes a few bad decisions as far as her love life is concerned but who hasn't?
Although I would describe this book as a light read there are some thought provoking storylines too such as Carmen's fertility problems and her friend Jess's drinking. These issues are dealt with sensitively without allowing the feel of the book to become too sombre. Overall this is a well written book with much humour concerning a topic that most women will easily identify with. It is probably a little predictable in places but I didn't mind at all. In fact I liked to be proved right when guessing what was going to happen next.
I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to The Bookbag.
I really do recommend A Funny Thing about Love and if you think that you would enjoy this, why not also take a look at Kissing Mr Wrong by Sarah Duncan.
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