by Leah McLaren

April 2007
ISBN: 978-0-446-69959-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Trade Paperback

The general public may think working on a movie set would be a glamorous job. Meredith Moore knows her job as a continuity girl or script supervisor is vitally important, but it is still just a job. She has to take notes while keeping a constant eye on the scene to make sure all details from one take to another match up. Meredith's life is well ordered, but as she celebrates her thirty-fifth birthday as a single person she realizes her biological clock is about to strike midnight. Should she go the route of many and become a single mother or is there still a chance to find love and marriage?

Meredith's journey includes leaving Canada for London and dealing with the past as well as her future. Meredith is the only child of an aging hippie poetess who shares many wild stories of the past, but not the true identity of Meredith's father. Meredith finds she is not the only one with extra emotional baggage as she deals with old and new friends. Even glamorous movie stars have yearnings that money can't cure.

The Continuity Girl is Ms. McLaren's debut novel. She has created charming characters who sparkle with wit and wisdom, even if they march to a slightly different drummer. There is the universal longing for love and family that we all can emphasize with. The 5 Spot imprint was a knack to pick quirky, but captivating stories that will entertain readers who like a different twist to romance. Ms. McLaren's experience as newspaper columnist shines through and gives polish and pizazz to this first novel.

Reviewed in June 2007 by Roberta.

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