Love Struckby Chantel Simmons Published 01 Jan 2010
|Publisher||Key Porter Books|
Download Love Struck (2014) PDF ePub eBook
- 1. Register a free 1 month Trial Account.
- 2. Download as many books as you like.
- 3. Cancel the membership at any time if not satisfied.
A funny, heartfelt story about losing the perfect life–and finding a real one.
When twenty-seven-year-old image consultant Poppy Ross discovers that her handsome and seemingly devoted husband Parker is having an affair, she is dumbfounded. Before she has chance to confront him, however, he is struck by lightning. When he regains consciousness, he has lost his short-term memory—including that of the affair. Given a chance to erase history and possibly save her marriage, Poppy decides to remake herself in the mistress’s image, so that Parker might never be tempted to stray again. Her quest to become his perfect woman has disastrous and hilarious results—and just might turn out to be the worst thing possible for their relationship.
"Love Struck" Reviews
Another chick lit i'm giving 5 stars too! I absolutly fell in love with the concept of this book and it definitely didn't disappoint.
Mid 20's Poppy Ross discovers that her handsome and what she thought devoted husband has been having an affair, but when lighting strikes, literally and hits her husband and his mistress. When her husband wakes up he has no recollection of the affair and Poppy struggles to decide whether to just let it slide and pretend it never happened or confront him. She ultimitely decides to pretend it never happens but Poppy decides maybe she's not what her husband wants and his mistress was so she trys to recreate herself in her image.
This book is absolutely hilarious and heartbreaking from start to finish. I loved Poppy's character and found her antics and struggles to keep her husband satsified were down-right piss your pants funny, yes I said piss your pants. This story was like nothing else i've read before and its up there in my top 5 chick lit novels i've ever read!! Chantell Simmons is going somewhere in the Chick Lit genre and i'm jumping onboard. I can't wait for more novels from this author!
Most of her life Poppy has been “that” girl, you know? The fun one, the pretty one, the one who can always get the fun guys, the best jobs, the right clothes, and she never second guesses. Until she meets and marries Parker. In a humiliating series of events Poppy discovers there is a possibility her oh-so perfect husband has cheated on her with someone she considers on the same level with Angelina Jolie in beauty. Interestingly enough her husband has no memory of it after a freak lightening strike wipes his memory clean. From this point on Poppy’s journey is nothing short of hilarious and mildly tragic.
Isn’t it something we all do? We love someone so much we’re terrified we aren’t the right one for them, that someone else could do a better job for them and that maybe we might just make enough mistakes to make them unhappy with us. Sure, there are those of us who like to say we don’t rely on someone else to make us happy, but are we really being honest? Think about it. Yes, maybe we could be happy without that other person, but it’s something so completely different when you allow yourself to be loved by another. It’s not that you are dependent on them, but you do live in their love. Poppy has felt this way about Parker for some time, though her passion for that feeling may have faded just slightly since making their marriage vows. And when she learns of Parker’s betrayal all she can think about is what she can do to win him back.
In what I found to be somewhat a comedy of errors Poppy decides to “makeover” her image. What’s extremely ironic about this is that Poppy’s career is that of an image consultant. So nearly everything she does to “make herself over” is in complete contradiction to who she truly is. Some of the more laugh-out-loud makeover scenes happen when she goes to get a spray tan for the very first time, after getting a “Cher-esque” weave to have long black flowing hair in place of her short blond locks, and my personal favorite fake nails with bright red polish. Seriously, every scene had me laughing hysterically and everyone in my home wondering what I exactly I was reading.
The only fault I found with the book was that after some time Poppy’s character begins to be a bit annoying. After all the quirky scenes had passed there were points when I wanted to tell her to snap out of it and go talk with her husband already! In fact her mother and best friend make some similar statements to her as well.
By the time I finished I was grinning and happy to have gone on such a whimsical journey with Poppy and Parker. Love Struck will have you laughing out loud and constantly hoping, “please don’t do what I think you’re going to do.” Poppy and Parker’s story will also help you remember to value the relationships you hold most dear and take the time to help them remember how much you care for them in return. A great read for the coming summer and one I am so glad I didn’t miss.
Originally Reviewed at Novel Escapes
This novel was laugh out loud funny and contained thoughtful insights about marriage. Poppy’s journey is both amusing and heartfelt. Her pain and confusion is palpable as she acknowledges her husband’s infidelity and tries to become the other woman she now knows he is attracted to, thinking it will fix her marriage. She does this while ignoring the situation with her husband who was struck by lightening and lost all memory of the last three months, when the affair started.
I laughed frequently during Poppy’s attempts at transformation and was cheering for her to overcome her insecurities, often times cringing at her decisions and found myself wanting to yell at Poppy and Parker throughout the novel. I cared about these characters and was rooting for them to figure it all out.
This novel captured my attention and I was eager to find out how Poppy and Parker’s journey would end. My only concern was that I found the beginning a little slower and I was worried I wouldn’t enjoy this book (Kathryn didn’t feel this way), but I continued reading and was pleasantly surprised. Once I became fully engulfed in their situation, I couldn’t put the book down, wanting to see what happens.
Poppy could be considered a Canadian Bridget Jones and she certainly had elements to her that made me laugh out loud with her antics and decisions, self doubt and insecurity. This novel portrayed her self discovery well and I didn’t feel it was too much of a leap as I have found with some novels in the past.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good laugh and a light hearted read and I will definitely keep an eye out for future novels from Chantel Simmons.
I highly enjoyed Canadian author Chantel Simmons’s debut novel Stuck In Downward Facing Dog, so when Chantel contacted me about her second novel, I had to accept! This story follows twenty-seven year old image consultant Poppy Ross. Poppy finds out that her loving husband, Parker, has been having an affair with a co-worker. Poppy is devastated, but unsure how to proceed next. Before she can get her thoughts together, she receives a phone call- from the mistress herself! Parker had been struck by lightening while the two were out together, and was in the hospital. Parker had suffered amnesia, and can’t remember that last three months- including the affair. Poppy finds the mistress in the hospital, and becomes determined to give herself a makeover to be just like her. She figures this is the only way to save her marriage. But as Poppy’s efforts keep proving to be more and more disastrous, she begins to think her marriage is quite possibly over.
I thought Love Struck was comical, humorous, funny…need I go on? The charades that Poppy put herself through to try to transform into Parker’s mistresses were hilarious- from the talon fake nails that kept falling off, the stripper stiletto shoes, and especially the scene in the spray tan booth- I could not help but laugh my way through this book. There was a serious matter beneath all the comedy- that Poppy’s husband had an affair. I didn’t like that instead of just asking Parker straight out, the best option she could think of was transforming herself into someone she wasn’t. But it took that to help Poppy see who she really was, and in the end, help improve her marriage. Though I did kind of see how the affair accusation would work out, I loved the happy ending. Another definite recommendation from Chantel Simmons.
Finding out your husband of three years is cheating on you is shock enough, but before you have time to react to that devastating news, you find out he has been in a freak accident. That is the way Poppy Ross finds her day going. Rushing to the hospital, while still reeling from the affair news, Poppy finds out that her husband, Parker, has not only been hit by lightening while in the company of his mistress, but he has lost his short term memory. With it unclear as to how long before Parker regains his memory, Poppy goes about reinventing herself. The model for her reinvention? Sienna Somers, who just happens to be the woman her husband was cheating on her with.
Chantel Simmon's latest book, "Love Struck" is a definitive "what would you do" as Poppy frantically tries to make herself over into what she imagines is the woman that Parker wants. Her career as an image consultant starts to suffer and her relationship with her best friend is strained as Poppy struggles with her makeover. Add ex-boyfriend, Colin, to the fray and Poppy's life is spinning out of control. As I read the book I went from feeling sympathy for Poppy to needing to see her get knocked down a few pegs to cheering for her to come out on top again. What I really enjoyed about this book was the fact that all the characters, though definitely flawed, were extremely likable. Even Sienna, knowing she was the other woman, was interesting. I loved the book and have added Chantel Simmons to my list of must reads.
Really fun book with a great concept; Poppy catches her husband, Parker having an affair with a glamorous dark-haired co-worker, Sienna, and moments later the two cheaters are struck by lightning! Parker all of a sudden can't remember anything of the last few months, but Poppy certainly cannot forget his mistress and spends the next two months transforming herself into the raven-haired, fake-nail wearing, spray-tanned vixen. Poppy's theory is if Parker was in love with Sienna, then maybe he wants someone more like her so rather than remind Parker of his affair, Poppy tries to become what she thinks (or who she thinks) he wants. Chantel Simmons takes themes from classic chick lit and spins her own unique tale with an unforgettable plot and characters who will stop at nothing to get what they want. Very entertaining. I was hooked from page one. Quick read. Recommended to all who love chick lit.