It's Grace Fairley's 31st birthday but her fiancÚ, Spencer, is too busy with his law practice to buy her a gift. At least he arranged for dinner at a restaurant and invited Grace's friends. At the restaurant, Grace sees Jimi Malik, the boy she fell in love with as a teenager, gave her virginity to, and whom she never saw again -- until now, thirteen years later. Jimi, a journalist and aspiring novelist, has been an ultra cool playboy. But he is about to marry 21 year old model, Kylie. His friends are throwing him a stag party at the same restaurant where Grace is celebrating her birthday.
Grace leaves Spencer when he refuses to set a wedding date even though they have been engaged for over two years. She faces the problems of being single like her friend, Rhian, and wonders if she will ever have a man devoted to her like her co-worker, Mariann. Grace and Rhian listen to a radio program called "Do You Come Here Often?" where the DJ gives advice to lonely hearts.
Kylie dumps Jimi just before the wedding. Jimi was supposed to write a travel article about his honeymoon in New York. Jimi, who has become friends with Grace, convinces Grace to go with him on a pretend honeymoon. While in New York, Jimi realizes he has fallen in love with Grace, who only treats him as a friend. Jimi's friend, Clive, who also listens to "Do You Come Here Often?", convinces Jimi he should tell Grace his feelings. But when Jimi goes to Grace's place, he sees she is back with Spencer. Spencer finally sets a date, but then Grace sees that the magic has gone out of their relationship and that the only person she feels the magic with is Jimi.
This report prepared by L. Watson
Downtown, Jan 2005, 13.00, 384 pp.
In London, Grace Silverstein's live in fiancÚ divorce attorney Spencer wakes up to wish her a happy thirty-first birthday forty-five valuable minutes before she has to get up to go to work. Spencer informs her that he is been busy on a case that goes to court tomorrow so he did not buy her a present; he offers her cash to purchase something from him. Grace wonders if after two years engaged and four years together if Spencer is Mr. Wrong for her.
Half Indian half Irish journalist Jimi Malik questions whether he is ready for marriage though he is engaged to someone named Kylie. Jimi and Grace meet; they immediately recognize one another because thirteen years ago they both of them had sex for the first time. As they begin to see each other and fall in love, Grace and Jimi know they must end their respective engagements, but also question whether they should commit to a new one.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner