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Friday, February 29, 2008

Review: Table For One

Table For One
by Georgiana Daniels

Successful stockbroker Lucy Brocklehurst hasn’t had a date in four years. In a town where the ratio of single women to men is 7:1, she’s determined to wait on God for the perfect mate—as long as it’s the hot new youth pastor at her church.

Lucy will do anything to get his attention, including volunteering for the youth group. Through a series of misadventures on the teen outings, Lucy finds herself falling in love with a kindhearted chaperone named Edgar Flowers. But when their relationship grows serious, Lucy discovers the lengths his recently-widowed mother will go to in order to keep them apart. What starts out as harmless interference turns into an all out tug of war, with Edgar as the prize!

Will Lucy crumble under the scrutiny of her would-be mother-in-law? Or can Lucy and Edgar’s budding romance survive the schemes of his meddling mom?

This story was hilarious, moving, engaging. I found myself utterly captivated by the quirky Lacy and her quest for love. I laughed myself silly over the situations she found herself in and her wild sense of humor. The supporting cast of characters included a straight shooting best friend, an extreme match-making mother, a grumpy cantankerous old biddy, a too-cool hunky youth pastor, and a mix of crazy work associates. Add in a geek-turned-gorgeous sensitive guy and you have a story unlike any other.

I found myself pulled into this story from the first chapter until the last. Lucy was a quirky, some-what paranoid character who struggled with the need for acceptance. Her fears and insecurities made it easy to relate to her and sympathize as she battled to find her inner strength and ended up finding the value of true love.

Edgar was the quintessential geek from his out of date glasses and clothes, to his shy, unassuming demeanor. But as the story progresses, Edgar’s quiet strength and hidden depths emerge even as his outward appearance changes. You can’t help falling in love with this guy.

This review has been my most challenging to date. While I absolutely loved Ms. Daniels writing and her way of vividly crafting each scene, I struggled with parts of the story. The writing itself was wonderful, but I found there were times I wanted to shake Edgar and give him a stern talking to. Perhaps this story struck a little closer to home and stirred my righteous anger.

However, despite the times where I stomped around my living room in indignation, the truth is Ms. Daniels drew me into her story and made me feel with the characters. I shared the joy, laughter, frustration, tears and love. That is the mark of a truly gifted author – the ability to bring a story and its characters to life, making the reader care deeply about each new friend they find within the book. Ms. Daniels does all this with a skill that is unrivaled. A fabulous story from a very gifted storyteller!

Review by Lily