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Library Journal Review
Londoner William Fisher directs commercials (the ever-popular loo roll--toilet paper), Ivy Lee does hair and makeup. Now, after weeks of pretty much nothing but shagging, they are at Fisher's childhood home, where Ivy is introduced to his family. But things feel off suddenly, with Ivy being a bit distant. Then, as they return to town, Fisher discovers information to which he was previously not privy: Ivy is 41 years old, nearly a decade older than he is, and she is pregnant. Rather than run for the hills, Fisher instead nestles into the prospect of a child and a permanent relationship with his child's mother. Then Ivy's hulking dentist brother Frank arrives on their doorstep to stay for a while; Fisher's best mate, El, is deteriorating from Huntington's disease; Fisher and Ivy haven't had sex since her announcement; and the sonogram reveals not one baby, but two. VERDICT Jones's debut novel is a mesmerizing tale of modern love. Fisher drinks too much and dissects every glance from his "girlfriend" as he accepts his new responsibilities and assays what it means to be a family. Captivating and funny; highly recommended.-Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
In this entertaining romcom set in present-day England, Fisher and Ivy have been dating for all of 19 days when Ivy finds out that she's pregnant. Rolling with the punches, they decide to move in together and build a shared life. As Fisher, a director of commercials, so aptly puts it, they've "leapfrogged the romance and gone straight to starting a family and passing out in front of the telly." Over nine months (and slightly beyond), the author charts the course of this new relationship and instant family, which is not all smooth sailing. Fisher and Ivy are informed that they'll be having twins; Ivy's loutish brother, Frank, moves in with them temporarily; and Fisher is tempted to flirt with an attractive colleague. Adding poignancy to the story is the presence of Fisher's best friend, El, who is in the terminal stages of Huntington's disease. The premise is contrived, but Jones proves himself adept at writing sensitively about modern relationships. The story is told solely from Fisher's point of view, which unfortunately renders Ivy somewhat opaque. His narration is charming but facile until the last chapters, which achieve a touching honesty as Fisher and Ivy are forced to deal with a tragedy that lends a dramatic aspect to this otherwise lightweight romantic novel. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
William Fisher has known Ivy Lee for 19 days, but he knows that she is the One. Never mind that they barely know each other they know each other. Then Fisher discovers that Ivy is actually nine years older than he, but he deals. Then he finds out she's pregnant. With twins. Still convinced that they are meant to be together, they move into Ivy's apartment and prepare for the babies. Then Ivy's brother, Frank, moves into the spare bedroom, escaping marital difficulties. Then Fisher's best friend's Huntington's disease gets exponentially worse. Professionally frustrated directing commercials for diapers and tampons, Fisher seizes the chance to direct a short film written by an attractive young colleague. Despite all of the external hurdles, the biggest roadblock to Fisher's happiness is his own head, and readers may want to throttle him. But who among us hasn't been young-ish and stupid in love? Fans of British chick lit will love watching Fisher figure it out, especially after a final, tragic twist.--Maguire, Susan Copyright 2016 Booklist