Mia Page has been the subject of gossip in Aberarian for half her life, ever since her father ran off with his secretary–and the contents of the local museum safe–when she was fourteen.
Still, Mia loves her hometown, loves working at the A to Z shop, eating seafood with her best friend Charlie at his restaurant, catching the classic midnight movie at the crumbling Coliseum cinema. And if she ever wonders if things might be even better if Charlie were more than just a friend, well, it’s only an idle thought in a lonely moment. After all, friendship always trumps romance, doesn’t it? And she’s never been one to rock the boat.
But everything she loves is suddenly under threat from Charlie’s ex-girlfriend, Becky, and her plans to turn Mia’s beloved Coliseum into a casino, transforming the sleepy seaside town forever. As Mia tries to pull the people of Aberarian together to save the town they adore, her father reappears, and people start asking what he wants to take from them this time…
WARNING: Some sexual scenes. Also contains seafood.
Full of UK humor and odd characters, An A to Z of Love is a fun and entertainingly fast read.
Mia and Charlie spend more time second guessing how the other ones feels, and a little honest communication would have solved a lot of their problems, but where’s the enjoyment in that? Instead we get romantic avoidance at it’s most powerful, but it leads to a sweet happy ending.
In addition to their romance woes, they both have to deal some personal baggage. Mia is dogged by her father’s past and the potential changes to her beloved town brought by Charlie’s ex (and Mia’s childhood friend turned nemesis). Charlie has to face said ex but also decide what he wants to do with his future, deal with a failing restaurant, and help Mia save their town. All o this while facing their relationship dilemma.
While not quite as quirky-cute as Bridget, Mia and Charlie still have that wonderfully British feel and a sappy, happy love. Cute and quick, An A to Z of Love has that perfect bit of humor to go with its angst.