Double-Decker Dreams

Alcove. Jun. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9781639102822. pap. $17.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
MacMillan (The Heart of the Deal) returns with a novel that serves as both rom-com homage and cautionary tale. American business consultant Kat has two big dreams for her stay in London: earn a career-altering promotion and fall in love with a handsome British nobleman. One day, Kat spies the man of her dreams through a window while he’s riding a double-decker bus. She instantly falls in love with the idea of him as “Alexander,” her perfect fairy-tale boyfriend. After weeks of seeing him ride by, Kat eventually works up the nerve to talk to him. It turns out that her “Alexander” is just an ordinary American named Rory. Crushed, Kat spends a frustrating amount of time sulking about her lost illusion instead of appreciating Rory, who’s an absolute sweetheart. Meanwhile, Kat is also discouraged by sexist discrimination and harassment at her work, leading to serious soul-searching about what she really wants in love and life.
VERDICT Recommended for readers hooked on Josie Silver’s One Day in December and craving another chance-encounter-on-a-London-bus romance.
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