The Hopeless Romantic’s Handbook by Gemma Townley – reviewed by Nic
Published by Ballantine Books, the print edition is 268 pages.
Knight wanted. Must have shiny armor and own horse, preferably white.
When it comes to romance, are magic, fireworks, and a dashing knight in shining Armani really too much to ask? Apparently so, since Kate Hetherington has yet to find an appropriate mate in all of London. Her lifelong friends (and confirmed pragmatists) Sally and Tom tease her endlessly about her hopeless romanticism. But Kate knows that she’s right to want her own fairy tale.
After stumbling upon an old tome titled The Hopeless Romantic’s Handbook, Kate decides to give its advice a whirl. Incredibly, the book lives up to its money-back guarantee, because before Kate can say “Cinderella” she meets Joe Rogers, a drop-dead-gorgeous American actor. Frankly, he’s perfect–and Kate thinks she might have finally found The One. He certainly has the muscles required to sweep her off her feet. But Sal and Tom are less thrilled with Kate’s dreamboat. Are they just jealous, or do they know something about love that isn’t in Kate’s handbook? Kate’s pretty sure that finding true love isn’t supposed to alienate you from your friends, but what she doesn’t know is that her real knight is still waiting for her–and he’s closer than she ever imagined.
Kate is a girl after my own heart. I, like her, am a hopeless romantic… And just when I was starting to feel “pragmatic” – I read this.
A fun, happy and oh-so-predictable read about Kate, Tom and Sal. Three childhood friends, now 30 years old and at different stages in their life. Kate wants a knight in shining armor on a white steed. Tom doesn’t want a relationship because he’s broken. And Sal is married and “settled.”
Kate buys a book on eBay to help her find her true love, it’s money-back guaranteed, after all. Townley has “quotes” from The Hopeless Romantic’s Handbook to help Kate get what she wants.
Here are 2 outlooks…
“No such thing as perfect. You want to aim for about eighty percent. Eighty-five percent and you’re onto a serious winner… like shoe shopping. The ultimate pair simply doesn’t exist, so you just have to decide where your twenty percent compromise will be – color, quality of leather, cut, fit, shape of heel…you know.”
“If everyone compromises, then what’s the point? If all you’re ever going to get is eighty percent, then why not take seventy-five percent, or seventy? Why not just marry the first person you meet and hope for the best, and if they end up cheating on you or leaving you for someone else, then hey, no big deal. I mean, why not just forget all about love?”
Kate is obviously the latter – and more power to her! She wants what she wants and that’s it. But does she get it or does she fold and give up her ideals? You’ll have to read to find out.
A note from Fiktshun009:
First let me say that I used to love Gemma Townley. I still do…though I haven’t read any of her books since 2008 – since the day I discovered young adult paranormal. And, I know I’ve read this. I gave it three stars on Goodreads, so, it clearly wasn’t my favorite book from Ms. Townley, although I don’t wholly trust my rating system from back then as I may have rated this book in comparison to her other works.
I was a huge fan of Gemma Townley back when I was reading Chick-Lit. I still remember two of my favorites from this author – When in Rome and Little White Lies – but nothing is ringing a bell about this book from the description or Nic’s review.
It sounds like a light and fun book that will most likely end on an up note within the last few pages as is the norm in the genre, but as I can’t recall how it ended and don’t have this on my eReader, I don’t make any promises.
But Gemma Townley is a delightful writer and if you are a fan of Chick-Lit, as I had been, I’m sure this one will be an enjoyable read.