by Whitney Gaskell

September 2004
ISBN: 0-553-38225-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Bantam Books
Trade Paperback

Travel writer Claire Spencer describes herself as cynical, sarcastic, and big thighed. She doesn’t believe in fate, true love, or the fairy tale crap about love at first sight. So, when fate kicks her in the butt she is understandably wary. Convinced that love at first sight is certainly not for Amazon-sized women like her, Claire is skeptical about the dinner invite from Jack, the expatriate in the seat next to her on a flight from New York to London.

Claire waits for the other shoe to drop. Where is the catch? Is he blind or on the rebound? In a moment of insanity she accepts his invitation, and discovers the lover she has always needed to share her life with. Soon, she finds herself wildly in love and a little afraid at the speed with which it happened and how fast things are moving.

While in London on assignment for Sassy Seniors! Magazine, Claire meets up with her gorgeous best-friend Maddy who has been dumped for the first time in her charmed life. As Murphy’s Law would have it, Jack is Maddy’s ex-boyfriend. Just when Claire has found the perfect man she risks losing her best friend, her job, and her fledgling love. It’s enough to make Claire think that Fate exists and is intent on royally screwing her over.

True Love is a hilarious look at the trials and hurdles love will have you jumping just to make it to the finish line. An engaging plot is given greater impetus from really spectacular characterization and an interesting setting in the world of magazine publishing. This book is sure to be a great hit for an already well established author of women’s fiction.


Reviewed in August 2004 by Cynthia.

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