No Such Thing As Perfect by Emma Hughes #BookReview #DebutAuthor #CornerstoneDigital #NetGalley #4.5*

No one’s life is as perfect as it looks.

Least of all Laura Morrison’s. (Although she’s not sure how perfect hanging onto your job by a thread and sleeping on an air mattress at your sister’s looks, in all honesty.)

When Laura gets the chance to trial Cupid – a high-tech new dating service which will draw on everything she’s ever done online to find her perfect match – she figures it’s got to be worth a try.

She can’t believe her luck when good-looking, kind considerate Adam turns up for their first date. On paper he’s…well…perfect.

But when Laura develops feelings for the person who led her to Adam in the first place, familiar doubt creeps in.

Maybe for life to start falling into place, Laura has to learn to let go…

Sharply-observed and laugh-out-loud funny, NO SUCH THING AS PERFECT is the perfect novel for anyone who has ever wondered if there’s a formula for finding love.

An Excellent Debut!

A thoroughly good story with plenty of humour – what’s not to like?

Laura Morrison doesn’t exactly have everything going for her at the moment; in danger of losing her job and currently sleeping on an air bed in her sister’s home she isn’t exactly setting the world on fire. Then she gets the chance to trial a new dating app and hopes that her resulting article may just secure her position. When Adam turns up as her perfect match, Laura can’t believe her luck but as time goes on she finds herself drawn to another and once more doubt creeps in. Where will it all end?

What a great story! An original take on online dating, this tale is beautifully created and one which led to me explaining to my husband what I was laughing at on several occasions – and he also laughed! The author has a winning way of making characters interact – and well-developed characters they are too. Truly delightful and full of surprises, this is one I’m happy to recommend. I hope to read more from Emma Hughes in future and am happy to give this one 4.5*.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: women’s humorous fiction

Author Details

I’m a London-based author and journalist. If I’m not tapping away at a keyboard, I’m probably taking something out of the oven. Or eating it.

As a journalist I mostly cover food and travel, but I’ve also written about everything from relationship advice on Reddit to psychedelic therapy, insomnia and what your dog is saying to you. I’ve written for the Guardian, Time Out, ES, Condé Nast Traveller and lots of other places. You can read my work here, and have a look at my photography here.

My first novel No Such Thing As Perfect will be published by Century in August 2021. It’s a romantic comedy about love and technology, and whether there really is such a thing as a perfect match. It was shortlisted for the 2019 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize and the Spotlight First Novel Competition, and my short story ‘The Match Factory’ won The London Magazine Short Story Competition in 2016. Right now I’m working on my second novel, which will be coming out in 2022.

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