Review of “Crossed Wires” by Rosy Thornton

This delightfully British version of “Sleepless in Seattle” tells the story of Peter, a teacher of urban geography at Cambridge, and Mina, an auto insurance claim worker. Mina takes Peter’s call when he has had an accident while swerving to avoid the neighbor’s cat.

Peter is a widow with two nine-year-old twin girls, and Mina is a single mom of a ten year old girl. Their stories proceed in parallel as they have occasion to keep in touch over the phone.

We get to know their family and friends in that wonderful detail that British authors seem to like to flesh out their stories with (or as American authors like Connie Willis use when writing about the English). Although Peter and Mina live a couple of hours apart, they find a chemistry that transcends place and even space, since for most of the book, they have never even met.

This book is light and charming, humorous and entertaining. If you liked “Sleepless in Seattle,” you will surely like this book!

Rating: 4/5

Published in the U.K. by Headline Review, 2008

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8 Responses to Review of “Crossed Wires” by Rosy Thornton

  1. Margot says:

    I did love Sleepless in Seattle so I’m going to see if I can find this one. Character rich books are my favorites.

  2. bermudaonion says:

    I loved Sleepless in Seattle, so I need to check this book out!

  3. Sounds like nice summer reading.

  4. I am reading this book now and can already tell it is a romance book unlike any I’ve read – a good thing.

    Other than having to adjust for the use of language, I am enjoying it.

  5. I loved the language! But I definitely had to consult a British-American dictionary on the web. It was so fun – especially the word “saloon” which I was thinking at first was a pub! – adds a little kick for Americans to the book!

  6. Eva says:

    I read Thornton’s first book (Hearts and Minds) and really enjoyed it! I’m sure I’ll read this one at some point. 🙂

  7. Carrie K. says:

    I loved this book, too!

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