The title of the book was so intruiging. Who ever has heard of a break-up agency? I was not disappointed to read the book, at all! It was such a great read!
Ellie Shaw loves love. Unfortunately, she’s also an expert in break-ups. When a friend needs help with her ‘too nice to dump’ boyfriend, Ellie agrees to help. What she doesn’t expect is for American Dan to be kind, caring, to love dogs and look like a Disney hero. In other words, completely too good to be true.
She lets him down with grace and, encouraged by her friends, sets up Softer Landings, offering kinder, gentler break-ups.
A year later American Dan reappears in her life. With a new girlfriend. One who also decides he’s not the one for her.
The team hatch a plan to let Dan down easy, but while Ellie attempts to lead him gently away, real sparks start to fly. There’s just one big problem she can’t ignore. Can Ellie reveal that their romance is the result of an elaborate con without it feeling like a huge betrayal? Or is she about to star in the most awful dumping of all time?
My Review of The Break-Up Agency
With such an unusual premise, the book promised to be really interesting and it was.
Ellie Shaw, having run off from her home in Jersey, lands in London, only to be met with heartache. At her first job, she uses her long-practiced skill of breaking up with someone on behalf of her colleague, Thea. Thus, is born Softer Landings, the break-up agency. Working at it part time, at first, she is nudged by her boss, to launch out on her own.
The person she broke up with for Thea, is ‘American Dan’, who sets off for Africa, leaving Ellie with his lovely dog, Gus. After initially keeping in touch, Dan disappears and with no trace. Meanwhile, Ellie grows more and more attached to Gus.
When Dan appears, out of the blue, with a girlfriend in tow. When the girlfriend reaches out to Softer Landings to let down Dan, Ellie is presented with a moral dilemma. Can she take money to do this, while being a friend and feeling something more for Dan?
The book had many funny moments, especially with the crazy responses to the Softer Landings application forms, and Ellie’s colleagues’ conversation and way of working. I expected the funny side of this story but didn’t expect to be moved so much by the characters – Dan, Ellie, her colleagues – Simon and Thea. Each of them had their own baggage to work through and they did. And of course, there was sweet Gus, a failed guide dog, who found his own special niche!
The author dealt with the characters and the story so beautifully, that I found myself wanting the book to go on.
A lovely story of forgiveness, love and finding your own special place in the world.
Sheila McClure lives in the English countryside with her Scottish husband, their dogs, Harris and Skye, and a small herd of delightfully striped Belted Galloway cattle. Prior to rural life in the UK, she was a camerawoman and news producer for Associated Press. As she’s originally from Seattle, she began her working life as a barista. She will never refuse a quality dill pickle.
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