When nine-year-old Paige blows out the candles on her cake and wishes, out loud, to meet her dad, what’s an out-of-work mother to do? The fact that Dad lives in New Zealand and Mom is in England might be a minor inconvenience, but Cally and Paige get on a plane and a nicely humorous tale ensues as they meet new friends and old along the way.
Cally tells her story in a convincingly determined and vulnerable first-person voice, while Paige sends emails, just vaguely hinting at plots to get Mom and Dad together. Add the world’s best grandfather to the mix, a gorgeously handsome stranger, beach parties, sun, sand and sea, and you’ll feel like you’ve visited New Zealand, fallen in and out of love, and dreamed a very strange future for everyone involved.
The Two Miss Parsons offers a pleasingly different take on the dating game, with vivid description, self-deprecating humor, and even occasional touches of common sense. It’s a fun story that’s just a bit more than chic-lit or romantic comedy, and it’s a really enjoyable read.
Disclosure: I won a free copy ages ago and I offer my honest review.