Saturday, February 25, 2017

A Quarter to Twelve (The Time Series Book 1) by Josephine Traynor



Goodreads Review





JaneDoe123
Happy, single, divorcee.
Successful business woman.
Content on perving on the cute guy at the gym. At least until my best friend sets me up on an online dating site. Now, all I’m doing is blocking dick pictures.

TrickyRicky
Burned by bad breakup.
Envied chef.
Going to kill my brother for not only setting up a profile on this online dating site but giving me this username.

Humiliating online profiles bring them together, while the universe tries try to keep them apart. Reluctant daters become determined lovers who will need to decide if they’re willing to fight for something they never wanted in the first place.




WARNING: Honest Opinion Ahead

A quarter to twelve reminded me a lot of the film Serendipity with Kate Beckinsale & John Cusack. Got to say fantastic film. As with the couple in the film here as well I was rooting for Ava and Patrick to meet and to get their happy end.

The author hits the nail on the head with a sweet, hilarious, endearing read about the new world of dating via the internet. Its ups and downs and finding THE ONE. Or True Shoe. Or looking really hard for a prince among the frogs.

I really enjoyed this book until I didn't.

After Murphy's Law getting in the way one too many times. The universe trying to conspire against them after the fourth incident it became tiresome. I mean really? This is just me though. Different strokes for different folks.

What I liked about the book there are strong characters who are dealing with every day obstacles, insecurities and life. How they deal with it all. The laugh out loud moments which were slightly embarrassing on the tram. Oh well. Nothing new. The world of internet dating never tried it so I can’t say what it’s like. The author’s writing style and the Oz euphuisms.

What I didn't like is whereas I am a big Murphy's Law fan and yes he is a bit of a bastard sometimes but even so he isn't that cruel you know? When the couple finally got to me it was kind of anticlimactic. Again. Just me.
The repetitive ramblings of both main characters. Fighting their self-image done in a really great way by the author as I felt for them and the changes they wanted to make not for anyone else but for themselves.

Even though I have given 3 * I would recommend reading Ava & Patrick’s story. Watch out for this author. There is low angst and no real other woman/man drama.