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How To Choose A Sweetheart by Nigel Bird
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How To Choose A Sweetheart

by Nigel Bird

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Bird is a consistently good writer, and this book proves he can do it even when not dealing with the dark side of life. This is a love story. A bookstore clerk falls in love with a customer and takes the only wild chance he has to meet her--by responding to an ad she placed on the bookstore bulletin board for a piano teacher for her young daughter. The only problem is, the clerk can't play the piano! He quickly find a mysterious, moody old man living in a rundown shack to teach him, and thus another subplot begins. What makes Bird's books so good is that they are filled with real people doing real things with real emotions. All the characters here are interesting, the clerk, his object of affection, her daughter, the piano teacher, the clerk's ex-girlfriend, whom he still loves, her new boyfriend, and so on and so on. There isn't a page wasted in this highly satisfying story. Bird gives what you might expect to be a predictable tale just enough twists and complications to keep you riveted until the end of the story. This isn't so much a love story in the end as it is a story about growth, particularly the clerk, but most of the other characters as well. As usual for Bird, the British atmosphere is well drawn and completely immersive for an American reader. But unlike the characters in most of Bird's other work, these are folks I would like to hang around with and could do so without risking serious injury or death.

Highly, highly recommended. ( )
  datrappert | Oct 28, 2014 |
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She came into the bookshop. That was it. That was the beginning.Great read, great book, great story, great escapism.....just a really solid Sunday read when you need to get away from it all.' Bracken3275 (Amazon reviewer)??This isn't the first romantic story to feature a balcony, nor is it likely to be the last. Even so, what takes place in 'How To Choose A Sweetheart' is a modern, fresh take on an old-fashioned tale.??Max is a bookseller. Since his relationship with Jazz ended, he's struggling to find purpose in life. That all changes when a beautiful woman, Cath, walks into his shop and pins up an advert asking for a piano teacher for her daughter, Alice.It's almost perfect. Max takes down the details and gets in touch immediately. Within a short space of time he manages to secure the position as Alice's piano teacher and establish that Cath's a single mother.What could be better?Well, he might be able to play the piano for a start.Or his newly acquired piano teacher might...… (more)

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