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/ Key title A delicious romantic comedy from the bestselling author of Elegance / Elegance was a huge debut fiction success story, selling over 200,000 copies in paperback / Elegance and Innocence were both Sunday Times top 10 bestsellers / Intelligent, contemporary fiction for grown-up women / Stylish packaging to ensure stand-out from the crowd / A highly promotable author and a perfect title for Valentine's Day promotions / Exclusive promotions with bespoke perfume and hand-made lingerie, plus on-book reader offer / Competition: Marian Keyes, Eva Rice, Maggie O'Farrell, Melissa Bank
Born in Pittsburgh, Kathleen Tessaro studied drama before emigrating to London. After ten years working as an actress in films, television, and theatre, she trained as a drama teacher and voice coach. During this time, she began to write seriously and produced her debut novel Elegance, which became a bestseller in both hardback and paperback. Kathleen lives in London.
When charming, penniless would-be actor Hughie Armstrong Venables-Smythe answers a mysterious London ad for "an attractive, well-mannered, mentally flexible young man," he learns that he's to become a professional flirt, hired not to make conquests but to bring a touch of romance into the lives of unappreciated women. The catch: being a hopeless romantic, Hughie takes his job a bit too seriously. Deftly combining a sweetly improbable premise with witty, sometimes luminous writing, Tessaro (Elegance) tells the stories of Hughie's numerous clients, whose lives intersect in unexpected ways. They include Leticia, an emotionally repressed but sexually adventurous lingerie designer; Rose, a clueless waitress who accidentally becomes the darling of the London art scene; and Olivia, an emotionally abused socialite overdue for a transformation. Along with humor and a high London hipness quotient, Tessaro scores with keen insights into romance's perceptual and emotional hall of mirrors. (July) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Praise for Kathleen Tessaro: 'Ultra-smart and classily edgy, this is the glitz novel brought up to date ' Sunday Times 'This is a book all women will identify with, and you'll adore Louise, who's every bit as charmingly neurotic and nutty as Bridget Jones ' Glamour 'An absorbing novel of love, innocence and experience ' Woman and Home 'A warm tale of love, friendship and following your dreams' Cosmopolitan 'This is a coming-of-age novel for women who have wasted their 20s on cheap men and rough wine ' Guardian 'A wonderful tale of lust, love, life and redemption ' Waterstones Books Quarterly
Unemployed actor Hughie Venables-Smythe gets by on his good looks and boyish charm. Then one day, he sees an advertisement that changes his life. Valentine Charles, "procurer of rare domestic services," is looking for a "morally flexible" young man, and Hughie fits the bill to become a professional flirt, someone who boosts women's egos. However, when Hughie begins to use some of the techniques he's learned to enhance his own love life, nothing goes as expected. Tessaro's third novel (after Elegance and Innocence) boasts a large cast of entertaining characters--the plumber who loves the waitress who loves Hughie; Hughie's on-the-edge vixen lover who owns an exclusive lingerie store; Hughie's sister; an attorney and his perpetually pregnant wife; and a wealthy woman with a loutish, overbearing husband. With its delectable details and delicious characterizations, this book serves up a tasty slice of British life. Suitable for fiction collections of all sizes.--Shelley Mosley, Glendale Community Coll. Lib. Media Ctr., AZ Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.