COME TOGETHER by Josie Lloyd


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It’s “he said/she said” time in this jointly authored debut describing the rocky course of true love from the vastly differing perspectives of the man and the woman in question. Jack Rossiter is one of those struggling young artists who get down on their knees early every morning before they go to bed and thank God that He has spared them the torments of a real job. A painter living in London, Jack works a couple of days a week at a chichi Mayfair gallery but spends most of his time drinking with mates and picking up girls. He lives in an old pub owned by his best friend Matt (a lawyer), and he and Matt are able to make good use of the still-intact bar and pool table to throw some of the most raucous parties in West London. Somehow or other, Jack sleeps with Amy Crosbie one night, thereby setting in motion a chain of events he could never have imagined—related here in chapters that alternate between Jack’s and Amy’s first- person narratives. Amy is an aspiring fashion designer working as a temp, and once Jack gets around to giving her a “morning after” call a couple of weeks later, the two get together with a vengeance, and Jack actually falls in love. They go to Brighton together, learn how to hold hands in public, and everything is fine until Jack seduces an artist’s model and Amy finds out. Jack professes sorrow, but Amy is not so sure. Can she trust this character? Would you? Fortunately for the reader, the course of true love is crooked enough to keep the story moving in interesting directions, but not so tangled as to keep it from straightening out nicely in the end. Standard boy-meets-girl stuff, but told with real wit and flair. (Author tour)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-375-50232-7
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Villard
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1999