Red Dress, Jun 2004, 12.95, 384 pp.
In London, singles Ruby Taylor, Louisa Capshaw, and Martin Ashcroft attend a wedding where they learn that the bride and groom met through a personal ad at the Telegraph. The three friends wonder why not one of them ever meet their significant other so they form the Lonely Hearts Club and agree to try ads. Lou writes one for Martin; Martin scribes one for Ruby; and Ruby creates one for Lou.
As the ads are answered, Ruby detests anyone going out with Martin. He feels the same way about those blind dates taking out Ruby. While Lou finds her dates lacking, Ruby and Martin become jealous as each one now knows who their significant other is, but will either risk a cherished friendship to become potentially friend and lover or will both hide their heart from the other? As for Lou she tries a different path for her quest for happiness.
Chris Manby allows her readers to get personal with the three musketeers as each seeks love. Though mostly a light romp, the amusing story line contains moments of pathos and weird twists especially concerning Lou and the stranger on the train. Chick lit fans will enjoy this tale because the Lonely Heart Club members provide a peppery plot.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner