Wednesday 4 January 2012

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith - Review and Giveaway

Pages - 215
Published - 5th January by Headline.

There are so many ways it could have turned out differently. 
Imagine if she hadn't forgotten the book. She wouldn't have had to run back into the house while Mom waited outside with the car running, the engine setting loose a cloud of exhaust in the late-day heat. 

Goodreads Summary
Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A. 

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.
This book should come with a huge big red sticker on the front warning you about it! I am serious - this book is a time eater! You settle yourself down for a quick read in between putting the washing out and hoovering the living room and before you know it, you have has lost about three hours and you have finished the book! 

I  am such a sucker for love , that a book that provided me with a simple love at first sight story, carried me away instantly. There is no fanfare, no gimmicks, no cliff hanging endings, just pure love that naturally develops when you know you have found THE ONE. I know that Hadley and Oliver fall in love very quickly, in 24 hours to be precise, but it does happen. When I met my husband for the first time, I remember telling a friend how I  felt like I had known him all my life; all these years later and we are still together and happy. So I could well believe in love at first sight and I am rooting for anyone else who experiences it.  The chemistry between these two is instant, that you are  convinced that Cupid had intervened and shot them both with his arrows. 

This book brought tears to my eyes. It really has a strong emotional pull within it, that will find you looking towards you own life. Both Hadley and Oliver are struggling to come to terms with the relationships within their own families. Oliver will melt your heart instantly - he is completely swoonsome and comes across as being a real gentleman, especially for someone so young. I felt that Hadley partly experienced a coming of age phenomenon. As she comes to terms with the changes occurring in her life, you feel like you are in the front line as you watch her move form immaturity to maturity. 

If you are looking to let a little love into your heart during this cold and miserable season, then this book would be perfect for you. Let this book warm your heart!
Luckily for you guys, I have a hardback copy of the book to give away. I am afraid this is a UK only competition due to posting costs.

If you would like to win a copy of The Statiscal Probability of Love at First Sight, then please leave  a comment  about your views on love at first sight. Also leave your email address so that I can contact you if you win.  The winner will be drawn on the 14th of January. 

Good luck everyone. 


  1. I love the sound of this - so please enter me! I didn't fall in love with my husband at first sight but it didn't take much longer than that!

  2. Not a believer in love at first sight I'm afraid as to me you can't love someone unless you know them warts and all. I do however believe in mutual attraction and lust at first sight.

    A great giveaway Vivienne, please enter me.

  3. i WANT to believe in love at first sight but until it happens to me then I'm just a dreamer i guess. I think it can happen but you'd need time to pass to maybe realise that it was love at first sight.


  4. I did believe when I was in middle school and high school. Now I'm not so sure. In high school, I did fall in love with this one guy at first sight but it didn't end to well. Maybe it will just happened out of nowhere again.


  5. This book sounds lovely and uplifting! Wonderful review, Viv!

  6. i do believe in love at firs sight as this is what happened to me. As soon as our eyes met, everything in my life was changed. It's hard to explain this feeling, but at the time, I just remembered thinking 'that's him' even if I wasn't knowing him at all!
    And today, it's still him, and together we sometimes speak again of the first time we met, which was as much special for him than it was for me...

    This book sounds really great, so please enter me.

  7. I don't think I believe in love at first sight, but I guess it's just a matter of opportunity and circumstances and maybe a bit of luck too :). This book sounds so good I can't wait to read it.

  8. Great review :)
    And good luck to all you UK peeps

  9. I would like to read the book, thank you for the review and giveaway. Love at first sight - I certainly believe in attraction first sight and smell, not sure about love but one can be drawn emotionally and physically very quickly.
    Booketta/ Jane

  10. I think love at first sight is real but doesn't really happen all the time. Sometimes its lust at first sight... I don't really know because I haven't experienced love yet. Reading love at first sight in books is enjoyable and interesting how the characters feel inside.

    Please enter me.

  11. I dont believe in love at FIRST sight, but third or fourth might do the trick :)

    This book however sounds fab, please enter me :)

  12. Aww, that's so sweet. The story and yours. I can't wait to read the book.

    (I'm not entering since I'm US, but I am commenting.)

  13. I'm super exited to have been given a chance to read the Norwegian translation for one of the publishers here in Norway. It sounds like such a sweet and wonderful story.

  14. Hmm... I don't know that I believe in LOVE at first sight, because I think love takes time to develop. But I think you can form connections right away that can develop to love if you give them time.

    Please do enter me in the contest, and thank you!


  15. I love the sound of this book :)

    Good luck everyone!


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