The Secret to Falling in Love
by Victoria Cooke
The Secret to Falling in Love
Lifestyle journalist and thirty-something singleton Melissa hashtags, insta’s and snapchats her supposedly fabulous life on every social media platform there is.
That is until she wakes up on her birthday, another year older and still alone, wondering if for all her internet dates, love really can be found online? The challenge: go technology free for a whole month!
Forced to confront the reality of her life without its perfect filters, Melissa knows she needs to make some changes. But when she bumps into not one, but two gorgeous men, without the use of an app, she believes there could be hope for love offline.
If only there was a way to choose the right guy for her…
As my first book by this author, I had high expectations based on the general buzz from other reviewers and bloggers. I wasn’t disappointed, and totally breezed through this funny, modern, and sweet romance story.
Melissa, a journalist is inspired to write an article entitled the Matrix effect which is well received by her usually less-than-complimentary editor. So popular is the article that her editor requests a follow-up, and challenges Melissa to live a month without technology.
It is nowhere near as easy as Melissa hopes, as she falls prey to missed appointments, forgetting events and struggling to communicate with her friends. However, the “quiet” life soon becomes addictive, and she adapts to her tech-free lifestyle by doing things that she rarely does – like visiting her sister in person instead of Skyping.
However, maintaining a social life is more awkward – and the fact that her mum conspires to set her up on a date with a friend’s newly single son doesn’t sit well with her.
So, a coffee shop encounter with a handsome man gives her hope that all is not lost – and convinces her she doesn’t need her mum’s help. Although, the coffee shop man only leaves her with a business card with an email address – once again, the tech-free problem gets in the way, until she runs into him again – on purpose – the following week and explains her dilemma. He (Joseph) is charming, and seems super keen to take her out.
At the same time she finally meets the son of her mum’s friend (Scott) and finds he is far nicer than she thought he’d be. But, Joseph wines and dines her with a flashy limo, a dazzling apartment and a housekeeper.
Melissa is torn between the two men, but is then sent by her boss for a week’s R&R in Scotland where she encounters the two men again. Choosing between could have been a problem, but one of them shows his true colours and the decision is easier than she expected. However, has she left it too late?
This is a fun read, and quite thought-provoking if we consider how technology has become such a time-consuming and addictive part of our lives. It begs the question that in the battle of the Luddite vs the Geek, for whom is finding love easier? Is it easier to find love in a few swipes as opposed to meeting face to face.
Without the technology taking up her time, Melissa was able to see the beauty of the world around her. She enjoyed spending real time with her sister, and then there is Doris – an old lady with whom she strikes up a friendship that would never have happened had she been glued to her phone or tablet.
Plot wise, the story is quite predictable but in the nicest possible way. As a mystery reader generally I’m used to looking for and finding clues, and I felt the author wove the story well, leaving hints as to what would happen and blending those events in with fantastic characters and beautiful settings (thanks to no tech).
Overall, this is a lovely,enjoyable way to while a few hours. I’ll definitely look out for more by this author.
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Author Bio – Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016.
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