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Title: The Man from Perfect
Author: Andrea Semple Publisher: Piatkus Books Publication Date: August 4th, 2005 Genre: Romantic Fiction
The Man from Perfect is a 2005 romantic fiction novel written by author, Andrea Semple. The story centres around Ella Holt. She's a teacher and, as the first few pages tell you, Ella is breaking up with Rob. Rob is a slob, as Andrea Sample so eloquently states with the title of the first chapter. The story follows Ella winning a contest held by a dating company to locate the ideal man for her, the perfect man.
Why leave love to luck, when you can leave it to science? The perfect Agency is a dating service like no other. Using scientific technology and psychological methods, the Perfect Agency will help you find a partner who is literally one-in-a-million. Of course, such a service will not be cheap. However, we are offering one lucky reader the chance to win her ideal man for free. Enter out competition and you could be fixed up with your own Mr Perfect. Simply answer the 100 questions below and send your responses to Gloss magazine for your chance to win the ultimate prize.
THE PERFECT AGENCY YOUR LOVE LIFE. SOLVED."
After Ella wins this contest she is subjected to a series of unique and interesting tests and questions asked by The Perfect Agency so that they may pair her with her new love, her new perfect man. The Perfect Agency appears to make the perfect match with James Masters. He's a charming and attractive airline pilot and for some crazy reason this PERFECT man is absolutely smitten by Ella.
The novel has a very predictable story line. It's structured well and you know straight away that this perfect man isn't exactly what he appears; you get the feeling like.....no one is this perfect.
One key example of Mr Masters' strange and not so perfect behavior is that he never answers his mobile phone around Ella - which any woman would find unusual. Andrea also gives hints to a violent temper. The story works its way through the perfect relationship with James, regardless of Ella's doubts, but as she gets engaged to this 'perfect' man, Rob the Slob comes back on the scene, and he doesn't like the engagement. The story is typical and predictable as you see that Rob begins to change his slob ways for Ella.
I won't spoil the ending but I'm sure you can see where it goes. Overall the story is cute. I probably wouldn't read it again, not for a while anyway, but it's definitely nice and easy. The story is your typical romance and while the plot is very predictable you still want to keep reading. The Man from Perfect is the perfect light read for anyone who is a fan of love and romance novels. I'd suggest this book as the type of novel to read on the bus or even on a plane flight. It's fluid, easy and enjoyable.