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