Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Imagine if she hadn’t forgotten the book. Or if there hadn’t been traffic on the expressway. Or if she hadn’t fumbled the coins for the toll. What if she’d run just that little bit faster and caught the flight she was supposed to be on. Would it have been something else – the weather over the Atlantic or a fault with the plane?
Hadley isn’t sure if she believes in destiny or fate but, on what is potentially the worst day of each of their lives, it’s the quirks of timing and chance events that mean Hadley meets Oliver…
Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it (From Goodreads.com)
There are a lot of reasons why The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight appealed to me. Firstly I’m a huge believer in fate and destiny and all the ‘what ifs’ of the synopsis intrigued me. Then there’s the fact that under the cynical shield I at times portray, I’m a BIG romantic and while love at first sight is a topic that divides opinion, I’m firmly on the it can happen side. Finally, there was one night, spent sitting in an old castle gardens chatting books with several of my favourite and most respected book bloggers when this book was discussed with such high praise and enthusiasm that it went to the very top of my can’t wait to read list. When I was lucky enough to receive an early copy I was ecstatic!
The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight is set over a 24-hour period, where Hadley is travelling from the USA to London to attend her father’s second marriage. Only this isn’t a happy occasion, as Hadley still hasn’t forgiven him for abandoning her family and moving thousands of miles away. When by chance she meets with fellow traveller, Oliver, she has no idea of the impact he will have on her.
Wow, what an emotional and romantic journey this book is. Every single word that Jennifer E Smith writes conjures up feelings so intense it’s like I was experiencing it myself rather than through Hadley. I absolutely loved this book from beginning to end.
I’m going to let you into a little secret. Quite a lot of years ago now, I made a journey from my home in Northern England to London overnight by coach and found myself sitting next to this gorgeous guy, spending the next nine hours falling in love. There’s something about travelling at night and meeting a stranger who you somehow just click with that’s almost magical. I remember feeling like I’d met a kindred spirit, that possibilities were endless and that the night would go on forever. Jennifer E Smith exactly imagines those intense feelings I remember perfectly. Right down to the end of the journey where in the cold light of day, awkwardness and reality returns and it becomes almost like a dream. For me though, that’s where things ended as we muttered goodbye in the busy, dirty coach station, leaving me with my own ‘what ifs’. As a reader I was so invested in Hadley and Oliver, I was screaming at them to not let each other go.
Stories about love at first sight have to be believable to work, and for me Jennifer E Smith’s debut definitely hits the mark. Because the entire book is set over just 24 hours, the reader can experience the building relationship between Hadley and Oliver so rather than be told they suddenly have these intense feelings, you actually witness and experience them developing. Both characters become rounded and real as they share their stories with each other and I admit to being just as charmed by the gorgeous Oliver as Hadley is herself. What I really love about this book is the simplicity and humanness of it. There’s no twists, monsters in the closet or flashy tricks. It’s just a beautiful and touching story of two people meeting and connecting in unusual circumstances and leaves you to imagine for yourself what the future will hold for its characters.
The statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight is one of the best books I’ve read this year and definitely makes it into my top recommendations list. With a release date in January 2012, I suggest you pre-order it now. It’s the perfect book to lift any post Christmas blues and cheer and warm your heart. If you have an ounce of romance in your soul, you’ll love this book.
Published by Headline UK 5th January 2012
Thanks to the publishers for sending an advance copy for review.