Friday, 11 September 2015

One Night at the Jacaranda by Carol Cooper

Reviewer: Liza Perrat, author of Spirit of Lost Angels and Wolfsangel

What we thought: Not my usual choice of reading matter, I began One Night at the Jacaranda with trepidation, but after only a few pages, I was well and truly hooked.

Amongst a group of adults who meet at a London speed-dating bar––the Jacaranda––we are introduced to the six main characters: Laure the lawyer, terminally-ill Sanjay, divorced doctor, Geoff, newly-single mother-of-four, Karen, and ex-prisoner, Dan. Journalist Harriet also attends, but in search of a byline, rather than a boyfriend.

Through a whole plethora of emotions––sadness, happiness, desperation and frustration, to name a few––we join these people along their bumpy, intertwined journeys in their search for love, companionship and/or sex. With great skill, the author uncovers the present and past lives of this vast cast of characters, the satisfying ending leaving hope for the future … and me hoping for a sequel!

The characters are flawed, lovable and easy to empathise with. The dialogue is pitch-perfect, the sex scenes amongst the best I’ve ever read. The author is a doctor, so the medical details are spot on, as well as interesting.

Alternately entertaining, witty, outrageously funny, poignant and dark, I would highly recommend One Night at the Jacaranda to lovers of intelligent women’s fiction.

You’ll enjoy this if you like: character-driven women’s literary fiction.

Avoid if you don’t like: multiple-point-of-view stories.

Ideal accompaniments: glass of cold Chardonnay, sunny Sunday, deck-chair.

Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Available on Amazon

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