Lucy Lockhart had it all. A glamorous job, a successful boyfriend and a fabulous apartment. But when she’s sent to recuperate at her parents’ country house following a sudden illness, she meets dreamy, blue-eyed, Tom McGregor, and suddenly starts to realise what she’s been missing.
Tom takes one look at city girl Lucy, and decides to avoid her at all costs. He’s been hurt by girls like her before. But there’s something about Lucy and as their paths continue to cross, he realises there’s more to her than meets the eye.
Despite their deepening feelings, neither can imagine a future together. Lucy could never live in the country and Tom could never go back to the city. The very idea horrifies them both.
Their hearts however, have other plans.
An often hilarious, rural romance with lots of laid-back country charm, a rich cast of characters and a sizzling love affair between two opposites who are deeply attracted to each other.
The Trouble with Lucy is a light-hearted and sweet romance. Reading it didn’t require me to think a great deal, which at the time I read it, I sorely needed. It was at times a funny and amusing book to read.
Lucy and Tom are obviously very well-suited and seem to be pretty keen on each other despite her not being single and his previous bad luck with women. There is chemistry between the two that just seems to happen, and doesn’t appear forced.
The town of Lillypilly sounded like a nice place. It wasn’t an unfair caricature of a small country town, which sometimes they become in romantic comedies.
It did grate on me a little, however, that Lucy had this boyfriend she didn’t particularly seem to like and was angry at anyway for abandoning her at a difficult time to move to New York. Despite all this and her obvious attraction to Tom, Lucy keeps trying to convince herself to remember him. Honestly, if my other half buggered off to New York immediately after I was involved in a potentially major medical emergency, I’d kick him square in the knackers.
With regard to Lucy’s medical emergency (the reason for her stay in Lillypilly), maybe I’m too picky, but knowing as I do a number of people with epilepsy, I just can’t picture the doctors telling them to flit off to the countryside straight afterwards without a little further investigation of the root cause.
Other than those two issues, I actually enjoyed this book quite a bit. Viewed through Lucy’s eyes, Zoe’s rather interesting fashion sense became very vivid and provided for a few laughs.
L.J. Young has written a light, mostly happy romance. I may not have enjoyed everything about it, but by no means did I dislike it.
My rating: 3 out of 5
Release Date: 15 November 2012
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Destiny Romance, an imprint of Penguin Australia via NetGalley in return for an honest review.