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The Wish List by Sophia Money-Coutts is available to purchase in digital, hardcover and audiobook formats.
Florence Fairfax isn’t lonely. She loves her job at the little bookshop in Chelsea and her beloved cat Marmalade keeps her company at night. She might have been single for quite a while – well, forever actually, if anyone’s asking – but she’s perfectly happy, thank you. And then Florence meets eccentric love coach Gwendolyn, and everything changes.
When Gwendolyn makes Florence write a wish list describing her perfect man, Florence refuses to take it seriously. Finding someone who likes cats, has the sexual athleticism of James Bond and can overlook her ‘counting’ habit? Impossible! Until, later that week, a handsome blond man asks for help in the bookshop…
Rory seems to fit the list perfectly. But is he ‘the one’, or simply too good to be true? Florence is about to find out that her criteria for Mr Right aren’t as important as she thought – and that perhaps she’s been looking for love in all the wrong places…
Florence Fairfax works in a Chelsea bookshop and lives with her two half sisters, Ruby and Mia in Kennington. Losing her mother at a young age means she has adopted obsessive counting as a coping mechanism and has also never had a boyfriend. Her stepmother Patricia (absolutely hilarious snob whose idol is Carol Middleton) makes an appointment for her to see a ‘love guru’ and it’s there that she is told by the hippie guru to compile a wish list of traits and qualities for her ideal man, and that once it’s out in the universe it’ll manifest itself.
She can hardly believe her luck when she meets Rory, a wannabe politician who seems to possess all the qualities she is looking for on her wish list. Perfect on paper and she’s thrilled that he actually wants her to be his girlfriend.
There are some truly fantastic characters in this book, and I instantly warmed to them, even the slimy Hugo and ‘Rory the Tory’. Florence is such a likeable character that you cannot help but root for her as she tries to uncover whether Mr Perfect is actually perfect for her. There were many moments where I actually laughed out loud, the author’s use of humour is wonderful! The story itself had me gripped as I really cared for the characters.
I love the way Florence grows in confidence as the story progresses and learns to let go of her little obsessions. The author tackles the themes of love, loss, anxiety and relationships in such a beautiful way and with such humour that the whole book is a complete joy.
I was disappointed when it ended as I just loved it so much and would love for it to made into a ‘Rom Com’.
Five stars from me.
Sophia is a British journalist and author who spends most of her time writing at her kitchen table in West London and making 59 cups of tea a day. She has written two novels – The Plus One and What Happens Now? – and hopes to carry on writing books that make people laugh forever. Because we could all do with more of a laugh, these days, couldn’t we? Sometimes, if she’s not drinking lukewarm cups of tea in her leggings at home, she appears on radio and television talking about important topics such as Prince Harry’s wedding and the etiquette of the threesome. Twitter/Instagram : @sophiamcoutts