The Love Detective - Alexandra Potter
Source: Review Copy courtesy of Hodder Books
Blurb: In a way, I'm a bit of a love detective. Because what's a greater mystery than love?'
Meet Ruby Miller. A writer who makes happy-ever-afters happen. Until she discovers her fiance is a lying cheat and loses her faith in love. So when her sister invites her on a beach holiday to Goa to forget about him, Ruby jumps on a plane . . . and into an extraordinary adventure.
Stolen bags, a runaway sister and a handsome American stranger sweep Ruby into a magical mystery tour across India. Amid fortresses and fortune tellers, and a whirlwind of weddings, she uncovers fascinating stories of love, lost and found.
But as the mysteries deepen, secrets are revealed that turn Ruby's life upside down. And what started as a journey to find her sister, becomes a journey to find herself - and love - again.
For my first read of 2014 I am happy to announce all upcoming books need to be afraid. Alexandra Potter's new release The Love Detective is not only a fabulous romance novel, but an inspiring, cultural whirlwind. You start not really knowing what you're going to get with the book, but more or less straight away you are engrossed and captivated in Indian sun and a delightful tale of love, friendship, family and fate.
Heroine Ruby Miller has you eating out of her hands after a few chapters. Badly heartbroken by a cheating fiancé the week of her wedding has left her physically and emotionally crushed, as a romance author this isn't too good for her writing. Timid, organised and with a passion for Pyjamas you connect with her like she's one of your own friends that you want to make happy again. Her one liner's have you in stitches my personal favourite being when describing her arse in a bikini Sags like rice pudding in a string bag is genius.
It really is an excellent book. Fast, sharp, witty and as it's the start of a new series I am seriously looking forward to book two.
A must read for 2014.