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Book Review: Jane Lovering's 'How I Wonder What You Are'

When you pick up any title from this up-and-coming publisher you may be forgiven for making erroneous assumptions from the company name, and there’s certainly a thin slice of the everyday readership that’ll look for a sort of syrup (or worse) where so-called affection transforms into, using legal parlance, ‘actual bodily harm’ and where the nicer girls never go.

Look at the cover, ladies, when choosing a good read and steer well clear of dull monochrome. This one is so nicely different. Molly is a ‘nice’ girl but with a damaged past which makes her stay well clear of men, at least those who seduce their wife’s mother . . . Then she discovers a - drunken - man in a severe state of undress out whilst out riding on the moors and can’t really leave him to suffer hypothermia, now can she? Somehow she manages to take him home on her horse to discover he’s a Ph.D, an astrophysicist - and, it turns out, with a messed up love life too. A well matched pair? A different story? It certainly is, for romantics don’t normally get out onto the moors on chilly nights looking for mysterious happenings in the sky? Or do they? The way this tale unfolds can be disturbing, and reminds one in a strange way of ‘Notting Hill’. You may have to read carefully to find out how this odd relationship begins to work - and despite the weirdness there is not a mention of bondage or chocolate anywhere, happily.

Review by Bruce Edwards

ISBN:  978-1-7818-9191-9


RRP:  £7.99


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