Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Edition: Headline eBook
Released: January 2nd 2012
Series: No (standalone)
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Imagine if she hadn’t forgotten the book. Or if there hadn’t been traffic on the expressway. Or if she hadn’t fumbled the coins for the toll. What if she’d run just that little bit faster and caught the flight she was supposed to be on. Would it have been something else - the weather over the Atlantic or a fault with the plane?
Hadley isn’t sure if she believes in destiny or fate but, on what is potentially the worst day of each of their lives, it’s the quirks of timing and chance events that mean Hadley meets Oliver...
Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.
When I first came across this book, I barely batted an eyelash. To me it was simply a contemporary. Nothing more, nothing less. Not a very interesting genre I would usually read. But then all the great reviews started turning up around the blogosphere and I just knew I had to check it out for myself. Lo and behold, I loved it!
I was mostly intrigued about the 24 hour time period for some reason and I'm glad to report back that I really did enjoy this aspect of it. I thought that it might seem a bit rushed but I actually enjoyed the pace. Not slow but not fast either. Something well-balanced in between. We still got to know the characters really well and the storyline didn't disappoint.
The romance between Hadley and Oliver was so sweet and cute. Seriously. So cute! It was definitely what they both needed considering all the stress they both had in their lives. It didn't really feel like an insta-love. Instead (and this might sound strange) it just felt right. Like they were destined to be together in some way. They just fit each other that well!
Hadley was a really great main character and even though the story is told through third person, I still felt like she was the real narrator. True, I was a little skeptical about it not being in first person at first but I settled into it really quickly and I couldn't stop turning the pages afterwards! Anyway, back to Hadley. She was quite a strong, stubborn character and I adored her right from the word go. Oliver also. He was the perfect english gentleman. So sweet and so kind! The part of the book where Hadley was with her dad and not Oliver, I couldn't help myself, I missed him terribly!
Overall, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was a great read and I don't really have any faults. The storyline was good. The characters were good. The writing style was good. Everything was good! Better, even! For some reason, all I've wanted to do since I finished reading this, is get my hands on more contemporary romances! Yup, can you believe it? TSPOLAFS has changed me into a contemporary fanatic!
PS: Any recommendations for contemporary romances? ;)