This is the third Jennifer Smith novel I’ve been lucky enough to have for review, and they’re always a pleasure. Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight is teen romance, encapsulated in a single night and day, with a plane journey, and a wedding or two. All the parts of life are here, divorce, remarriage, and loss, and it was an ideal valentine read.
Hadley is on her way to her dad’s wedding. Except she’s just missed her flight. She meets Oliver in the airport and they end up sat together on the plane. He distracts her from her emotions and his banter gets between her and the claustrophobia she feels when flying.
For all this is a romance, it touches on some heavier themes as Hadley comes to terms with the massive changes in her life resulting from her dad’s new romance. There’s some nice literature brought in (although I’ve never been a Dicken’s fan to be honest) and plenty of light conversation with a bit of London sight seeing to pass the time. Hadley is a great character – sometimes there’s a temptation in these books to tell at least one of the lead couple to shape up, Hadley never had that effect on me. (Oliver I found a teeny bit more annoying. Straight answer to a straight question occasionally please!)
Jennifer E Smith is rapidly becoming my go to author for feel good books – they are just wonderfully judged.
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