Instructions For Falling in Love Again by Lucy Mitchell
What would you do if your late husband left you a list of instructions on how to fall in love with someone else?
Pippa Browning is faced with this exact dilemma, three years after the death of her husband, Dan.
Buried at the bottom of a drawer are a collection of notebooks full of Dan’s advice on how to live without him.
Pippa’s notebook is red and contains his instructions on how to fall in love again.
But Dan doesn’t just want Pippa to fall in love with anyone – Dan’s crazy suggestion is that Pippa should date his handsome friend, Mikey Stenton, a known thrill-seeking ladies’ man.
Reluctant to follow Dan’s advice, Pippa enters the world of dating. She embarks on a humorous journey of self-discovery, with the help of her children and two best friends.
It isn’t long before Pippa is finding it hard to ignore Dan’s instructions and Mikey Stenton.
Is Mikey really the man that everyone thinks him to be? Or was Dan right, and Mikey’s simply been misunderstood?
A heart-warming romantic comedy about motherhood, friendship and finding love, the second time around.
Widowed Pippa is ready to start dating again after the death of husband Dan. However, she doesn’t feel alone with this new chapter of her life, because Dan wrote exactly what she should do in a little red notebook. Actually, he even tells her who he would like her to date, his best friend Mikey (who at first seems totally unsuitable!). Should Pippa take her husband’s bizarre advice, or follow her own path?
Pippa is not alone by any means. She has three feral children (her words!) and two best friends who she has known forever. She has put every ounce of her strength into her children and creating a lovely home for them, now it’s her time, and she deserves it. Plus, she has Dan’s words to give her the courage to take that scary first step.
I don’t know how it is possible but I laughed, cried, cheered and sighed all at the same time. The writing is fresh, funny and heartwarming, without a hint of cheese, but just the right emotional tone. I could have cried for Pippa, but I didn’t, I got right behind her and sent her a virtual high fire.
The tough subject of grief is handled with great sensitivity and I particularly found the way the children reacted to losing a loved one was incredibly real. The character of Mikey Stenton was the epitome of the saying “you can’t judge a book by its cover” and I loved how his true personality evolved.
This is such a lovely debut, Lucy Mitchell has put her heart on her sleeve, sprinkled it with glitter and produced an absolute diamond.