By Jenny Colgan
Jenny Colgan has carved out a few hugely person territory as a author of serious heat and humour; she is a clear-eyed observer of human nature, as able to expand sympathy to her characters as she is to be sardonic approximately their foibles. With operating Wonders, this model of funny writing is satisfyingly in proof once again, wedded this time to a posh and exciting plot.
Arthur Pendleton has led an unexciting lifestyles, operating as a city planner and slowly realising that his existence holds few surprises. Then he encounters the pinnacle of a staff of administration specialists, the beguiling and gorgeous Gwyneth Morgan, a lady Arthur reveals himself intimidated via. Her activity is to motivate Arthur and his ill-assorted crew of planners to tackle a frightening task--ensure that Coventry turns into the recent eu urban of tradition. taking a look round at such colleagues as nerdish computing device professional Sven and the sorrowful (and long-suffering) Cathy, Arthur turns into more and more dispirited. after which, astonishingly, Gwyneth exhibits indicators of being interested in him, and (even extra unusually) his group starts off to fireplace on all cylinders with principles. yet that's extra attainable: starting a dating with the interesting Gwyneth, or making Coventry look fascinating?
The parts that made Jenny Colgan's previous books bestsellers are firmly in position the following: quirkily saw characters, capricious plotting and a really concerning feel of ways during which so much folks reside our lives. either Arthur and Gwyneth are fantastically drawn, or even if the elemental topic (dull hero and brighter heroine in a non-metropolitan tradition conflict) may perhaps owe whatever to David Lodge's altering locations, it's none the more severe for that; this can be a fascinating learn