Sophie Penhaligon comes to the blog with a story of second chances and unlikely pairings with
Freelance writer and part-time librarian Olivia is at loose ends. After finding her boyfriend in a public and very compromising position, she’s got to make changes, and now’s the time. But an unexpected contact from a publisher expressing interest in her writing and her travel journals just may be the break she’s looking for.
Daniel is the CEO of the publishing house and has long been a worry for his family with his avowed playboy ways and the never-ending series of different women and no relationships through his life. He’s meeting with Olivia and finds her an interesting person, and rather unique – and she’s got some ideas that really have his publishing genes excited.
The two start on a relationship that is far more ‘Olivia’s idea’ than Daniel’s at the start. And there’s where I had issues with Olivia – desperate to be defined by a relationship – she’s not sorting out one issue before jumping into the next. And we see why Daniel has such a pitiful relationship history: it’s not really because he’s a playboy – but he’s got some issues that tend toward stalking and controlling, and he just made me uncomfortable. And Olivia saw none of this in all that time – more concerned with the state of being in a relationship than actually being in a healthy one. It was problematic for me, and that made the read rather difficult. The writing was wonderful, and both characters came to life with all their foibles and flaws, and the conversations were snappy and well-timed, but there was a general unease that I had with the relationship – and the lack of growth that either character showed that left this more as a ‘tale of caution’ for me than a ‘toss all cares to the winds and just enjoy’ sort of read.
But others will like the twists and unusual premise, the writerly Olivia who does romanticize all her experiences, and even Daniel’s character isn’t without redemption – I just didn’t see enough of a change in time to make me feel that this was a match for the ages.
Title: Weekend Arrangement
Author: Sophie Penhaligon
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Published by: Self-Produced
Published on: 14 July, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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When opposites attract, sparks fly …
Aspiring travel writer Olivia Jefferson has a penchant for tequila and an interesting dress code. When she discovers her live-in boyfriend in a compromising situation, she realizes she will either have to face poverty or buckle down and get a proper job. A call from a prestigious publishing house interested in her travel guides appears to be the golden opportunity she’s been waiting for, along with a proposition she wasn’t expecting.
Suave & sophisticated businessman Daniel Lane has been living his life on autopilot. When circumstances force him to take over the family publishing business, he finds himself living a life that lacks the adventure he so desperately craves. That is until Olivia walks into his life and turns it on its head. He finds himself drawn to this rather unconventional girl, but can he have his cake and eat it too, or will he have to sacrifice his well-ordered lifestyle in order to live the life of his dreams?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.