Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Cupid Effect by Dorothy Koomson

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When I discover for me a new author as I did when I read My Best Friends's Girl in 2006, I often add their back catalogue of novels to my wish-list. This is what I did with Dorothy Koomson as I thoroughly enjoyed the first book of hers that I read. As you can see from my review

So this is only the second title by her that I have read and I am sorry to say that my opinion of it is in complete contrast to the last one. I plodded through this getting no pleasure at all from reading it, I like to loose myself in a book and with this I was just unable to do so.

I had no interest at all in the so called modern day cupid character of Ceri D'Altroy, who returns to Leeds the town of her student days, to take up a post as a Psychology lecturer. Having vowed to leave her match- making days behind her in London. This does not prove to be the case, as everyone she comes into contact with seems to be inspired to change their lives due to comments she seemingly innocently makes!

Sorry but this storyline just did not draw me in, due to me not any fault of the book, which I am sure others may well enjoy.

As this was Dorothy Koomson's first novel originally published in 2003 and as I enjoyed the later one I read, I will leave her other novels on my to be read mountain!


Dorothy Koomson's Website


  1. I have never heard of this book. However, I just finished Reading Lolita...and, though a bit too long and circular,characters a bit too stock, it is a strong book about the power of literature to transport, uplift and keep us safe.

  2. Um, should this comment have been for 'Reading Lolita in Tehran' I wonder? From your comments about Lolita I think you would find this memoir interesting.

  3. Good morning Lindy, thank you so much for your lovely compliment yesterday, 'artistic' is pretty much the best compliment anyone can give me. Nope, still haven't had any time to read any books which I really regret, but can't help at the moment. I like reading your reviews though, does that count? Hope you had a lovely Easter. Love from London xx

  4. Artistic you most definitely are, love the lavender bags :)

    What a shame you are not finding time to read, but delighted you are enjoying my reviews.

  5. i have not read this book but i like the way you point out the good of the first book while noting the bad of the second. it evaluates the book rather than the author--so many people do not distinguish and as an author i really appreciate that! i found you on the blog hop and am now following!

  6. It sounds like a cute idea. Sorry it didn't work for you.

  7. Welcome to you both.

    Carol - It would be a dull world if we all liked the same things, including books. I do not read many books that do not work for me though. :)

    Priva Parmar - I hate saying I did not enjoy a book, but one has to be honest. It is usually just a matter of taste, or wrong time and place. I have a great respect for authors and admire their skills. Delighted you fond me via the Book Blog Hop.


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