Delightfully entertaining reading

2008-04-02 00:00

Imagine that you are skipping along a charming country road with the sun on your face and wind in your hair, in happy anticipation of a cream tea in the most delightful company. Did I mention the birds are singing cheerily too? Reading Love Out of Season evokes something like that type of mood.

A delightful quick and easy read, the story centres around the romantic (or not) goings on at a rambling old hotel on the North Devon Riviera. It’s out of season and the love life of the guests who pitch up is also definitely off-peak.

Our main protagonist is Amy Miller, author of novels which ponder the arcane nature of true love. She herself is involved in an affair with Teddy Farrow, glamorous high-profile TV presenter. Just one problem — he’s married and their affair has just been uncovered by the UK tabloid press.

So, the vultures are staking out her flat, with notepads and long lenses in tow. Amy must hide. And fast. Off she scurries to anonymity at the North Devon Riviera Hotel, shattered and afraid. As she makes her way there we are introduced to the other guests, each with their own love dilemmas.

The exquisite tension between the various lovers, coupled with the anticipation of what will happen next make this a great read. Will the newlywed ex-priest and ex-nun be able to consummate their marriage without guilt? Will the hotel chefs stop bickering long enough to admit their strong attraction to each other? And will the adolescent waiter and waitress be able to grow up enough to fall in love? What of the sweet musician, Tim Fairweather, so strung up on his demanding musician girlfriend but unable to compose a melodious song?

The rogue appears in the form of the lustful tabloid hack who clicks with the sexy young photographer sent with him to record the events. (Hey, why are journalists always the baddies?!)

Love Out of Season is pure escapist entertainment and a fun read.

Stephanie Saville

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