Monday, June 29, 2009

Review - Crossed Wires by Rosy Thornton


Crossed Wires by Rosy Thornton

published 2008 (UK), 4/09 (US)
352 pages


Synopsis from publisher:

This is the story of Mina, a girl at a Sheffield call centre whose next customer in the queue is Peter, a Cambridge geography don who has crashed his car into a tree stump when swerving to avoid a cat. Despite their obvious differences, they've got a lot in common -- both single, both parents, both looking for love. Could it be that they've just found it? CROSSED WIRES is an old-fashioned fairy tale. It is about the small joys and tribulations of parenthood; about one-ness and two-ness; about symmetry and coincidence; about the things that separate us and the things that bring us together.

My thoughts:

This was such a charming novel. Part of that, I think, was the sheer English-ness of it -you know how everything sounds better with a British accent? (I know, that's a horribly American thing for me to say, but its true...) Reading this novel, I heard that British accent in my head, and it just made the experience so much fun.

But more than that, this is a great bit of storytelling. The romance is there, but it takes a backseat to the stories of Mina and Peter's lives - their frustrations with work, their difficulties being single parents, their somewhat crazy friends - these everyday situations make up the heart of the novel, and make this a delightful read.

Having said that, I really enjoyed the development of Mina and Peter's relationship. From their first random telephone conversation, to the steps each takes to "find" each other again, I found myself hoping for a happy ending for them from the start. Their slow, tentative steps toward each other almost made me hold my breath, so that when they finally met face to face, I almost had to cheer. Everything about it had a ring of truth, and I was completely satisfied when I turned the last page.

I definitely recommend this lovely novel. I enjoyed it from beginning to end! I will be looking for more work by this wonderful author.

Finished: 6/18/09
Source: Rosy Thornton
Rating: 8/10

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8 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I agree that everything sounds better with an English accent. It's not just the accent though, it's their choice of words. The book sounds delightful.

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Padfoot and Prongs - Good Books Inc. said...

Sounds pretty interesting. Not the kind of situation one would think of as romantic but hey you never know where your going to meet your soul mate right?

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Literary Feline said...

I am glad you enjoyed this one! It sounds like a fun one.

avisannschild said...

Thanks for linking to my review. I've now linked to yours as well. I'm glad you enjoyed this book as much as I did!

Holly said...

Thanks for the link love! I thought this was simply a delightful book.

Zibilee said...

I think this was something I tried to get a hold of on Library Thing. It looks like something I would love, and I really liked your review. Based on your thoughts I am putting this on my wish list. I love cozy British stories, and I think this would fit the bill perfectly. Thanks!