The TripFiction Book Club July/August ’19 reads ‘A Summer Reunion’ by Fanny Blake
Novel set in Edinburgh (Love Byte)
11th February 2015
Love Byte by David Atkinson, novel set in Edinburgh
Shortlisted for the 2015 Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards (RONAs)
Andy Hunter is a single father with a two year old daughter, Amy. His wife Lindsay has just died and he is adjusting to his new life. But then, he receives a string of e mails and texts from beyond the grave, he is fearful he is hallucinating in his grief. Sure enough, these are from Lindsay, who has plotted out a schedule for him to meet someone new. She has gone to vast lengths via the internet to set him with a profile on dating websites for prospective encounters. He soon gets into the swing of just turning up at the appointed rendezvous and seeing who is waiting for him. Does it go smoothly? Of course not! The world is seemingly populated with unhinged women – nut jobs – and the hapless budding lothario manages to press all the buttons and finds himself in some pretty tricky situations, some scary, others entertaining.
Andy certainly surrounds himself with people who like to have the upper hand – whether it is his best friend Jamie, or some of his female encounters – and even his wife is trying to control him after her death. She knows him better than he knows himself, how uncomfortable is that? He goes along with it, of course, always aware that anyone looking in might wonder about his mental faculties. So he has to keep stumm about what is going on.
This is a story with laugh out loud moments, heart rending events and a nice easy flowing style. It’s very readable and has some lovely observations, both about life, human behaviour and the lovely city of Edinburgh, “the Athens of the North”. Enjoy!
And over on Facebook we have THREE COPIES OF THE BOOK in a #giveaway – ends Midnight on Wednesday, 18th February, 2015.
Tina for the TripFiction Team