Lizzie Jordan considers herself one of life’s failures. Unlike her high-flying friends, Lizzie works as a typist, shares a grubby flat and “makes do” with her accountant boyfriend. But she has a secret love – Brian, a handsome American that she dated at university, five years ago. In her emails to him she pretends her life is a whirl of extravagant parties and million-pound business deals. Then Brian announces he’s coming to stay! Lizzie’s secret life is about to be rumbled unless she comes up with a cunning plan…
©2000 Chris Manby (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd
First, I'd like to point out that this book has a sequel "Running Away from Richard" which I wish I would've known so I could listen to them in order. I liked the sequel a lot.
The publisher's summary over simplifies the plot of this book. The first fourth of the book tells the story of 4 college friends at Oxford, college life, and the romance that develops between Lizzie and Brian. It's background for the rest of the book, but I found this part of it very entertaining and enjoyable.
Then we move forward 5 years and meet 27 year old Lizzie, who is not thrilled with how her life is turning out. This includes some funny scenes with her messy flat, neurotic roommates, broke boyfriend, and lackluster job (secretly hoping, for example, that her boss doesn't make any sales so she doesn't have to do the resulting work.)
She paints a much more successful picture of her life to long distance friend Brian, and scrambles to figure out what to do when he visits. She has gotten herself into a sticky situation.
The extent of her lies to Brian were a little overdone for me, and at times I found myself thinking she deserved to be found out rather than rooting for her to pull it off. If you can get past that (fairly major) detail and just enjoy the unraveling of her plan, it's fun to see what happens.
This book brought me so much laughter. I so enjoyed it. It is a light read and will put you in a great frame of mind. I highly recommend and look forward to more by this author.
The main character is not likable so it makes the story hard to listen to most of the time. At the end you want to find out what happens, but I found most of the time that wanted to fast forward. I would not listen to again.
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