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This is a Love Story [Paperback]

Jessica Thompson

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Book Description

June 19 2012
For fans of 500 Days of Summer, Notting Hill and New Girl, This is a Love Story is a very exciting first novel from Jessica Thompson. This is a love story. Boy meets girl and girl falls for boy - that much is true. But when Sienna meets Nick it's not the way it happens in love stories. It's because of a squirrel on water skis...She sees Nick's dangerous brown eyes and thinks, Don't. Fall. Into. Them. Who will be there to catch Sienna when she falls? She is so fragile. She has so many secrets, and he is not that serious. Funny and sad, this is the story of two people destined never to come together in the great love affair they crave more than anything else.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet (June 19 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444734210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444734218
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #615,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Thompson's first novel is a triumph... What I really enjoyed was the way Thompson conveys the whole world of young, single London, the clothes, the music, the furnishings and the central, abiding love of the great city itself, full of excitement and potential. Infectious.' Daily Mail 'Reminiscent of One Day, this moving, quirky love story is sob-inducingly romantic.' 4* Closer 'It is very One Day-esque. Endearing dual narrative and a lovely flow... highly recommended.' the Bookseller 'WOW! What an adorable and emotional story and an incredibly debut novel from Jessica Thompson who is surely an author to look out for... Jessica writes from the heart, and the characters were perfectly formed. So hard to believe that this delightfully compelling book that had me spellbound from the very start, wasn't penned by an author who'd been writing for years. I'm sure that given the reading enjoyment that this book gave me, Jessica Thompson will be a well-established author that we'll be seeing for many years to come.' Kim the bookworm blog 'This is simply one of the best books I have read in a long time. It is a true little gem. Jessica Thompson manages to describe the characters so well they feel so real, [it] pulled at my heart strings.' Book reviews by Rea (blog) I loved everything about this book. This is a stunning debut, one which will really pull at your heart-strings, and leave you wanting more. Brilliant.' Chicklitchloe (blog) 'If you likes One Day this will be right up your street. A really sweet and heart-wrenching read.' U magazine (Ireland) 'Jessica Thompson has a sparkling, energetic writing style that make THIS IS A LOVE STORY bubble with humour and hum with love from start to finish.' longandshortreviews.blogspot 'From the start I fell in love with this book. A lovely, warm-hearted read, that had you smiling from start to finish. A book that I looked forward to reading from the day it arrived at my door and made me a little bit sad when I came to the last page. A beautiful debut from new-comer Jessica Thompson, This is a Love Story is a must for everyone who believes in love.' 'I found this book so brilliant and moving... fantastic... I totally loved it, it has made me giggle and it has made me cry. It's a must read and one of my favourite books this year. Jessica Thompson has set the bar high for her debut novel.' PageBookshelf blog 'This book was so beautiful. I cannot believe this is Jessica Thompson's first novel! It was beautifully written and a wonderful story.'

About the Author

Jessica Thompson is a multimedia journalist working for a series of newspapers in London. She is a keen runner and loves to sing. Jessica lives in North London and this is her first novel. You can find out more information on Facebook at

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5.0 out of 5 stars TIALS April 13 2012
By Effy - Published on
I absolutely loved this book! I dont really read a lot as I need some amazing to grab me in t I get bored an give up, this grabbed from the beginning I finished it in 2 weeks!.
I was laughing out loud reading on the tube and tearing up at some points. I like the fact that the books from both points of views, it makes it really easy to connect with the characters. It's in no way your typical smooshy love story, it's frustrating, in a way you want to bash their heads together! The way it's frustrating makes you need to keep reading as you HAVE to know What will happen next!
This had to be my favourite book that I have read in a very long time and I'm now reading it again!
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read Feb. 23 2012
By LAS Reviewer - Published on
Special British humor and lots of "ungrownup" action sets the stage for Sienna and Nick's much deserved HEA. Sienna as "girl next door" heroine will melt our heart while Nick emodies the conflicted hero who comes across as more of an anti-hero. Prepare yourself for an emotional roller-coaster ride.

Sienna Walker, unaware of her natural beauty, has lots of insecurities. To compensate, she tackles her job at Cube Publishing with determination while keeping her private life secret. Oh, happy day when she realizes the gorgeous smiling man on the train, the man who stole her heart, also works at Cube Publishing. He's Nick Redland a graphics designer. That's the good news. She also learns he's a prankster and acts horrifyingly juvenile around his working buddies. A business trip to Florida proves to Sienna that Nick knows how to work hard and play hard. While there they form a bond both of them treasure--a bond of friendship that has them reluctant to speak of love for fear of losing the best friend either of them had ever known.

This is a Love Story spans five years and takes the reader on a vicarious adventure with Sienna and Nick ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. Drinking and partying, prank playing, bed hopping, and serious, loving, caring connections are woven into the story. I particularly enjoyed the treasured times when Nick and Sienna do things together just as friends.

Their inability to communicate on a deeper emotional level is both humorous and sad. But taking the journey with them as they move toward mature adulthood is captivating.

Some of the secondary characters, especially Sienna's handicapped father, make the story multifaceted. Nick and Sienna, along with their friends grow and evolve as they try to find their way to what is truly meaningful and worthwhile in their lives.

This is a Love Story is well-paced and smoothly written adding to the pleasure of reading this entertaining romance. For me, the hero and the heroine having casual sexual relationships with others was off-putting. Still, the story has many redeeming qualities that kept me turning pages, anticipating the turning point in Sienna's and Nick's lives. Their happy-ever-after is a long time coming with some big obstacles to overcome.

Jessica Thompson has a sparkling; energetic writing style that makes THIS IS A LOVE STORY bubble with humor and hum with love from start to finish.

Originally posted at LAS Romance Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great easy reading Feb. 12 2012
By Adl10 - Published on
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I really enjoyed this book. Easy to read and was interesting throughout. Likeable characters and i enjoyed the introduction of the fathers illness this offered another side to the story. Fab!

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