The best book I have read this year!

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I loved this book and couldn't put it down. At times it was laugh-out-loud funny; at other times it made me think deep and hard about life. In general, it felt like a cross between a romance novel and the THURSDAY NEXT books by Jasper Fforde. The truth is, however, that this romance is unlike any that genre has yet produced.

Wanda Wiley is a writer who has for six and a half years been mired in a bad relationship with Dirk Jaworski, Distinguished Professor of Flawless Grammar and Pedantic Punctuation. With each passing year, her career as a writer of romance fiction has faltered, the books becoming more formulaic. Her editor says that it seems as though she is merely phoning them in. Now she is the latest ghostwriter for the Trevor Dunwoody books of famed suspense author Ed Parsippany. Even that has not been going according to the agreed upon outline.

Side-by-side with that plot line is the story of fictional character, Hannah Sharpe. She has been written out of more of Wanda's books than Hannah can even count. As a result, Hannah has been parked in a Regency Era cottage awaiting her next assignment in one of Wanda's books. She is abruptly joined by Trevor Dunwoody now that Wanda has stalled in her ghostwriting assignment.

What follows is the interplay between Hannah and Trevor as they first come to grips with who they are and what they are capable of doing. Then they focus on how they can shape and transform who Wanda Wiley is and clear the dense fog that swirls around their cottage.

Albert Einstein is usually given credit for saying, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result". Wanda has been doing the same thing over and over again for six and a half years and somehow expecting Dirk to stop being a jerk. In the end, it is the hard work of Hannah and Trevor who wake Wanda up. The journey to that end is what makes this book so wonderful to read.

I highly recommend this book! I was gifted a copy with the promise that I would give an honest review and I appreciate the opportunity to have done that.