Thursday, October 27, 2016

Book Review: One Small Chance by Lucinda Whitney 

Book Description:

One city of two million people and only three months to find her. What are his chances?

Isabel Antunes is content with her life as director of the English Academy in Lisbon. Then she's hit by a man on a bike--a man her boss just hired to be her assistant. Despite Simon Ackerley's repeated assurances to the contrary, Isabel believes he's after her position, but she won't hand it over without a fight. As if dealing with him all week is not enough, he shows up at church as well. Her only solace is in writing to the pen pal she knows as "Elliot".
Simon Ackerley told his father that he was moving to Lisbon for the job. But that isn't the only reason. Simon is looking for Amélie, the pen pal he's written for fifteen years. A woman he knows everything about--except her real name and address.
When the biking accident reveals that Simon's prickly co-worker Isabel is the elusive Amélie, he knows he has to win her trust before he can confess his true identity. If only he could tell her the actual reason why he's come, he's sure Isabel would treat him differently. But she's not ready for the truth.

I don't know why it took me so long to figure it out, but for most of the book, I thought that Isabel was an ex-pat. I kept wondering if I had missed when the author said where she was originally from. Finally, I figured out that she was a native of Portugal. I don't know why that was even an issue for me, but I had to laugh at myself when I finally figured it out.

This is a cute story, with a bit of a "who dunnit" twist to it, which is something I enjoy. I like how the relationship with Isabel and Simon progressed from deep mistrust (on her part) to a friendship, to something more. The ending seemed a bit rushed to me, but maybe that's just how novellas are.

All in all, it was an enjoyable story and I would recommend it. 
Title:One Small Chance
Author: Lucinda Whitney
Publisher: Lange House Press
Published: August 2016
ISBN: 1944137068
Source: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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