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Crossed Wires by Rosy Thornton


This book is hard to classify into a genre, and in fact it’s very different to the sort of book I generally go for. Here is the synopsis:

This is the story of Peter, a Cambridge geography don who crashes his car into a tree stump when swerving to avoid a cat, and Mina, the girl at the Sheffield call centre who deals with his insurance claim. It tracks their parallel lives, as well those of their families – because both Peter and Mina are single parents.

An old-fashioned fairy tale of love across the class divide, it is also a book about the small joys and tribulations of parenthood; about one-ness and two-ness; about symmetry and coincidence; about the things which separate us and the things which bring us together.

It is a story, in fact, of the accidents of geography.

Of course, regular blog readers will know that I generally go for the very romantic books out there.  Rosy Thornton’s book is perhaps not obviously romantic, but it is a gentle love story of two people who are meant to be together right from the start. The idea is a really good one. How do two people who are meant to be together, yet live so far apart and have only ever spoken on the phone get it together?

Well, as always, I never give away story or plot details but it was interesting to see how it all happened. In the meantime, the sub-characters (as well as the main ones) were brilliantly drawn. We get a full picture of their life and the ups and downs of a “not obvious” romantic “coming together”. Many books nowdays can be overly melodramatic, but this is a lovely book that leads two people with very modern problems to find love.

The authors writing flows effortly in describing the characters and their everyday circumstances and as I was reading it, I got the feeling that in years to come, her book could become a good reference of how we lived now. A bit like how Elizabeth Gaskell’s work gives modern readers an insight into the everyday living of Victorians.

So, overall, a great refreshing read and I look forward to more from Rosy Thornton.

Rating: 9/10


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