International Writers Magazine:
Man From Perfect by Andrea Semple
by Piatkus £6.99
Paperback 320 pages
Review by Lynn Ede
youre escaping a slobby, directionless boyfriend to jet
off to the sun, this could be the holiday read for you. Our Leeds
resident author Andrea Semple has done it again. Providing us
with a page turning alternative to the miserable love lives most
of us lead from time to time.
Ella Holt, the main character, shares her space with Rob, who
she loved until he lived with her. Surrounded by his discarded
Doritos bags, empty cans of Stella and tripping over the games
console leads, Ella feels there must be more to life than watching
her lover regress to young teen habits rather than becoming more
sophisticated and serious.Serious about her.
Yes this is ringing bells with all of you out there I can just feel
it. But what to do? Pondering this, she idly fills in a magazine questionnaire
about the Perfect Man. What she doesnt realise is that her replies
are picked up by a major dating agency which sends around the suave
James, complete with intrusive media coverage, to fill her every questionnaire
tick of what the Perfect Man should be. Fine wines, candlelit dinners
and foreign trips follow in the wake of the dumped, hapless Rob who
can merely look on. Final misery for him is the tiny box James presents
to Ella, slipping the sparkling contents onto her finger. Wedding plans
and a Las Vegas setting seems like the ideal for Ella but could prove
a little too much for all concerned.
© Lynn Ede June 2006
Freelance Journalist & Illustrator
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