Thursday, June 19, 2008

#39 - The Importance Of Being Married

First, a confession. I adore Gemma Townley. Personally, I think she's one of the best writers working in chicklit these days. Her characters are never cliched beyond repair, her stories are always original while remaining within the bounds of the genre, and even if the girl always get the boy at the end (even if it's not the boy she thought she'd end up with), how she gets there is consistently original and charming.

Jess, the main character in Townley's latest novel, The Importance of Being Married, doesn't believe in marriage. But when a combination of pure goodness and luck leaves her with an inheritance neither expected nor necessarily appreciated (at least at that moment in time) considering it comes with a caveat. The lawyer handing over the property thinks she married. And why does he think Jess is married? Because she told the kindly old lady she'd be visiting in the home a very long, detailed story about how she married her gorgeous, successful and utterly charming boss. Oops.

So, Jess and her roommate quickly sum up a plan called operation marriage or something of the like, as if it's a project to be managed, and work on getting her married by the time the two-week deadline to inherit arrives. Hilarity ensues. As does a little old-fashioned honesty. It's a happy ending. I'm sure that's not a spoiler, it's chicklit after all, and I'd be curious to see what Townley would come up with if she wasn't sticking to a rigorous book-a-year publishing schedule and stepped outside the genre just a little. I'm sure we'd all be pleasantly surprised.

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