Melody
ISBN-13: 9780340954133
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
Published: August 2010
400 pgs
Source: Personal Library




When 18-year-old British girl Lucy Hemmingway met American boy Nathaniel Kennedy when they were in Venice, Italy, it was as if they were being hit by Cupid's arrow. Perhaps they are young, or perhaps they got carried away by the romantic atmosphere that they kissed under the Bridge of Sighs at sunset with the church bells ringing. And according to the legend, any couple who did that will be tied to each other for eternity.

However ten years later, they had went on separate ways and Lucy is now working in an art gallery in New York since her paintings have gotten her to nowhere in London, despite that she still has a passion for them. Just when she thought she had forgotten about Nate, she stumbled upon him and she brushed off their encounter as merely a coincidence. But it seems more like fate when they start to bump into each other, again and again until Lucy began to wonder if the legend is indeed true.

Lucy decided to give their relationship another chance, since Nate is separated with his wife, Beth and perhaps she thinks he is indeed The One after all this time. But as the time goes by, Lucy did not think their relationship is as wonderful as they were back in Venice, and to complicate things, Lucy thinks she has fallen in love with another man called Adam. Perhaps it is cursed by the legend, but Lucy finds it is hard to not bump into Nate wherever she goes, and vice versa. It is certainly hard to explain when things simply turned out to be that way, no matter how much they hated it.

I have not read a romantic comedy for a while, so this is one reason why I find this book so enjoyable and refreshing besides the fact that I had read one of Alexandra Potter's earlier releases and loving it. Alexandra Potter has a way with the plots and that is not all, she also makes her characters seem likeable. You would have thought my favourite characters are Lucy and Nate don't you, after all they are the protagonists but I have to say it is actually Lucy's employer, Magda and Lucy's friend, Robyn who have made this story so much more interesting and entertaining. Their dialogues are witty most of the times and it is always interesting to hear their side of their stories, from topics such as the laws of attraction in the universe (that's Robyn talking) right down to matchmaking and making meatballs (and that's Magda). While I find Robyn's opinion of believing in stars and fate to be romantic, I think one shouldn't take those too seriously and to be more open and observant to the people surrounding you because your true love might be hidden out there.

All in all, I had fun reading this book! So who did Lucy end up with? I wish I can tell you the answer but as you already know, I won't so you will have to read it and find out yourself.


Note: The last time I checked on Alexandra Potter's website, this book will be out in August in the UK and a year later in the US.
15 Responses
  1. Mama Zen Says:

    This sounds cute!


  2. Nymeth Says:

    Yeah, I'm not a fan of taking those things too seriously either :P But anyway, this sounds like a fun light read.


  3. Darlyn Says:

    I never read Potter. But I think it's wonderful and a very light read =)


  4. joanna Says:

    I've been wondering about this author, I think I'll give her a try now!


  5. Darlene Says:

    This sounds like such a cute book and I really like the cover especially the color.


  6. Rowena Says:

    This sounds like the perfect book for me right now. I so want to read a good British chick lit novel and this totally fits the bill. It sounds like such a cute book, thanks for the review. I'm totally bummed that this won't be coming out in the U.S. for a while.

    *sigh*

    Oh well.


  7. Ladytink_534 Says:

    I am curious about who she ended up with but I'm not 100% sure if I'm curious enough to read this lol. I could easily see this as a movie.


  8. Iliana Says:

    This sounds really cute! More for my wishlist :)


  9. Alice Teh Says:

    Nice review, Melody! I love fun, light reads. I have read a few of this author's books and my favorite is ME & MR DARCY.


  10. Julia Says:

    I'm glad you're enjoying this romantic comedy, Melody! It about time, and it been too long LOL ;p


  11. Violet Says:

    I love romantic comedies. This sounds like fun.


  12. Trish Says:

    Sometimes the supporting characters can be the best, huh? I haven't read a romantic comedy in a long time (prefer them in movies), but this one sounds fun.


  13. Beth F Says:

    Sometimes a fun romantic comedy is just the perfect read. I'll keep this one in mind.


  14. naida Says:

    this sounds so cute! I love romantic comedies :)
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  15. Ceri Says:

    Awww, this sounds like a fun read. I love books that have to do with couples not from the same place - I think it's my wishful hoping that a hunky Australian or a beautiful Latino man will take me away from Britain when I go travelling. ;-) hahaha.