A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{March 7, 2012}   The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Plot: Hadley is dreading her father’s second marriage to a woman she has never met, to the woman for whom he left her family. Perhaps that’s why she missed her flight by four minutes. While waiting for the next flight to London, she meets Oliver and over the next 10 hours, they grow close. But can you fall in love with someone you have just met, someone you will probably never meet again?

Isn’t that an amazing title? I don’t know what I like so much about it but I feel like saying it over and over again.

I don’t personally believe in love at first sight; I think that love is an emotion that requires more than casual acquaintance to flourish. But this sweet romance might almost convince me that it is possible. Hadley and Oliver are likable characters in difficult periods of their lives. Though their troubles are entirely different scales, both are expressed with sensitivity and realism. But it is the conversations between Hadley and Oliver that delighted me: they are funny, smart and utterly beliavable. Dialogue is hard but Smith does it well. ‘Listening’ to them, I can believe in their love.

This is primarily a love story, one that will touch the hearts of romance fans, but it is also a reflection on love, marriage and family. The chances of missing your plane and meeting a boy, sitting next to that boy and getting to know him, falling in love with him and then meeting him again in a foreign country are probably astronomically small. But Smith also shows us the miracle of all love, of finding the right person, making a life with them and being happy.

2012 (#27)


vevadoll says:

Excited to read this now…

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