Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Finding Love on the Road

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Finding Love on the Road

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Fiction A Perfect Proposal by Katie Fforde is published in hardback by Century, priced pounds 14.99. Available now.

SOPHIE is not stupid. She may not be academic like her family, but she is not stupid. In fact, Sophie is a dab hand at being practical - a skill scoffed at by her snobbish, moneygrabbing family.

However, our heroine has had enough. No more cooking for the family and no more taking orders from her mum. OK, just one more as mum sends Sophie to look after supposedly wealthy Evil-Uncle-Eric. From this point on, Sophie finds herself on a journey of independence and freedom via trips to New York and Cornwall. Along the way, she befriends a wealthy old lady and an acupuncturist, goes in search of a house that may not exist and investigates a possible family inheritance.

But Sophie does not count on the kindly support of seemingly arrogant and purposeful American, Luke - or even expect to fall in love with him. Will Luke come to love practical Sophie? 9/10 JULIE CHENG Thief by Maureen Gibbon is published in hardback by Atlantic, priced pounds 12.99. Available now.

Suzanne, a thirtysomething female teacher who was raped in her midteens places a personal ad in the local paper and receives a reply from a prisoner, Breville, who raped a thirtysomething woman in his late teens.

They embark on a disturbing, yet strangely moving relationship. Maureen Gibbon's novel can either be viewed as a twisted piece of madness, with more than enough twisted descriptions of sexual liaisons, or an evocation of how the two protagonists try to deal with their violent, lonely past lives, even if the journey they take seems disgusting, even abnormal.

Whether you see this work as sickening semi-porn, or a sophisticated work which argues the case for female ownership over her own sexuality, it's a dark tale which cannot be left alone. 7/10 DENISE BAILEY The Love Verb by Jane Green is published in hardback by Michael Joseph, priced pounds 16. …

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