Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publishing Date: 24th August 2021
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!
Number of pages: 288
Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction
What happens when an estranged father and son unwittingly fall in love with the same woman?
A hilariously laugh out loud, romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Something to Live For (Richard Roper), Love, Unscripted (Owen Nicholls), The Love Square (Laura Jane Williams), and Us (David Nicholls).
Out-of-work actor Harriet is recuperating from a crash-and-burn affair with Damian – aka ‘Cockweasel’ – and making ends meet as a barista when she meets two rather lovely men. Tom is a regular at the café, and seems like such a nice guy. Smooth-talking DJ Richard is older, but in great shape – a real silver fox.
Deciding to take a chance on both of them, Harriet doesn’t realise at first that she is actually dating father and son. Tom and Richard aren’t on speaking terms, and don’t share a last name – so how was she to know? By the time everyone finds out, both Tom and Richard are truly madly deeply in love with Harriet, and she’s faced with an impossible choice.
But as the battle for her affections intensifies, ‘Cockweasel’ makes an unexpected reappearance and begs her to give him another chance…
Richard is a DJ at the local oldies radio station. His son, Tom, is a struggling writer, working on his musical. They haven’t spoken to each other for a long time, having a rather difficult relationship, with Richard for example not speaking to Tom, when he was 6 years old, and his wife Bonnie, for a whole year – there are some revelations coming our way here! But then father and son meet Harriet, though they don’t know that the other one also met her, and also fell in love with her – until they know. What now? Is one of them going to back down or is the situation going to escalate?
I loved the premise of the story and the more I read, the more intrigued I was and the more I wanted to know how it’s going to end. And well, I absolutely haven’t guessed the end, so there. I am still, after having finished the book a few hours ago, wondering if I’m satisfied with it or not, but on the other hand, if the ending was different, would I be satisfied? No, I think the author has got out from all those troubles and the dilemma really well.
I know that love triangle may be an uncomfortable topic, but Simon Booker took a much lighter and funnier approach in his book. The whole affair was actually like a background to the many other events and subplots taking place in the story, and there were plenty of them, there was all the time something happening and I really loved it like this.
The characters were great, so well drawn and really well developed, I felt a part of their fictional world, I cheered with them, cringed with them and kept my fingers crossed for them. Tom and Richard were actually both so likeable that I’ve never actually wanted to take sides, and Harriet was a perfect balance to them both. The background characters were sometimes really bonkers and I couldn’t believe my eyes, I felt as if I were in a gangster film sometimes, what with Gorgeous George spinning stories about an African gold mine for example.
Now, perhaps I’m overthinking things here, apologies in advance, but there came a moment in the story when it started to feel like a bit different read, taking turn from a rom – com to more of comedy of random errors with whiz – bang shoot-’em-ups and with the events happening incredibly quickly, at the end we were literally moving from scene to scene, quickly and without a warning. The last parts of the story felt too chopped and too rushed and absolutely different to the rest of the book. Nevertheless, I found this book a brilliant and entertaining debut and I liked how the story played out and that, despite being so light – hearted and funny, it was full of depth and also thought – provoking, much more than a love – story.