When she was a teenager, Zoë Frixos fell in love with Simon Baxter, her best friend and the boy next door. But his family moved to America before she could tell him how she felt and, like a scratched record, she’s never quite moved on. Now, almost twenty years later, Simon is heading back to London, newly single and as charming as ever…
But as obstacles continue to get in her way – Simon’s perfect ex-girlfriend, her brother’s big(ish) fat(ish) Greek wedding, and an obnoxious publicist determined to ruin her career – Zoë begins to wonder whether, after all these years, she and Simon just aren’t meant to be.
What if, despite what all the songs and movies say, your first love isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be? What if, instead Zoë and Simon are forever destined to shuffle around their feelings for each other, never quite getting the steps right…
What I Thought:
Oh how welcome is it, as we move into rainy, autumn days to have a romantic, heartwarming romance novel to fall back on?
With Love Songs for Sceptics, Christina Pishiris has hit upon a perfect formula for me – an unlucky-in-love but plucky lead character with a brace of handsome swains vying for her affections, all topped off with what would be a killer Spotify playlist!
I just loved this book – the idea of first love coming to fruition instantly appeals, but the whole thing is written in such a compelling way with lots of mishaps and misunderstandings, making the journey tremendous fun.
Zoë is a great character, trying to keep Re:Sound, her music magazine afloat, despite threats from the parent company to close it all down, working hard to keep her staff in a job and pinning all her hopes on an interview with a reclusive former rock legend – and Zoë’s personal idol.
She reacts to the stress of her home and work situations in the same way that I’m sure we all would, but is always easy to root for as she tries not to compromise her professional integrity just to get the story.
The combination of the romance of this novel, the humour and the music that is embedded throughout – even each chapter name is a song – make this very easy to recommend and, as a debut in the genre, I was very impressed.
Love Songs for Sceptics is published by Simon & Schuster.
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