Friday, January 14, 2011
The Cupid Effect by Dorothy Koomson
After departing London to follow her heart’s desire to become a psychology lecturer, Ceri D’Altroy vows to leave her matchmaking ways behind her for good. Unfortunately, all she seems to do is inspire the new people she meets to change their lives.
There’s Ed, who’s decided to declare his love to a woman who is way out of his league, Mel and Claudine, two long-term friends who are now tempted to start an illicit affair, and Gwen, the chain-smoking head of department who has a deep, dark secret she only wants to share with her new employees.
No one who comes into contact with Ceri is ever the same again. Could this unsuspecting young woman be a modern-day Cupid?
Like the synopsis says, the story is about Ceri who left her job in London and moved to Leeds to lecture at the college there. She wasn’t that excited by her adventures into the love lives of those she met in Leeds because she doesn’t have a love life of her own, except for her love fantasy that involves Angel, the 250-year-old vampire from the hit TV series Angel and also Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Even her married best mate, Jess gets pick up in a bar just because she’s with Ceri! And when she (Ceri) gets pick up, it’s by someone who wants to invite her to church! Anyway, I do like Dorothy’s sense of humour as Ceri met someone at the end of the book and no prize if you can guess the name of the guy that might just be the one for her.
From the copyright page, it seems that Dorothy Koomson wrote this in year 2003 and such it could be the 1st book that she published. I won’t be surprised if this is the case as her style of writing wasn’t really developed and such the story and writing wasn’t as captivating as the other books that I have read, namely My Best Friend’s Girl , The Chocolate Run and Marshmallows for Breakfast. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading The Cupid Effect as there were a few funny moments. I might just read it again once of these days.