Eloise Elliott is one of the youngest newspaper editors in the country. But on the eve of her thirtieth birthday she's hit with a sharp pang of lonliness. With dazzling clarity, she realises what she wants - someone to share her life with.
Fast forward three years and she is the adoring mother of a gorgeous little girl, Lily. Juggling a high-powered job with single motherhood is not easy and when Lily starts asking about 'daddy' Eloise begins to panic. What will she tell her?
So Eloise goes on a mission to find Lily's father. After all, she chose the perfect donor, surely there won't be any surprises...
Eloise is the stereotypical workaholic who spends most of her time in the office and doesn't have time to relax but this means that she's leading a pretty isolated existence. Something that is made pretty clear when she realises that none of her work colleagues want to help her celebrate her 30th birthday. She comes to the realisation that there must be more to life than work and that she wants a child to share her life with.
Now at this point most people might consider the normal route of finding Mr Right, or maybe even Mr Right for Now, but this is obviously not the route for Eloise as she doesn't want to wait any longer. So she decides to go to a fertility clinic and use a sperm donor and the end result was her adorable daughter Lily.
As Lily gets older and starts pre-school the other children start talking about their parents which makes Lily ask questions about where her own dad is and so she asks Eloise if she can meet him. Eloise decides to set out to find Lily's dad, the sperm donor, using her journalistic experience with some interesting results.... Just what is his story and will he want to know about his daughter?
I have to confess that at first I didn't warm to Eloise at all as I found her to be extremely selfish, wanting a child but then never spending any time with her, as she continued working the long hours which meant that Lily spent all her time with a string of nannies instead of her mother. But once she started her search for Jake, Lily's father, this is when you got to see the caring mothering side of her character and that she'd do anything for her child's happiness even if it meant sharing her daughter with someone else.
Having read a few Claudia Carroll novels now I can confirm that all the usual elements were present in this book, pretty cover (I know this is nothing to do with her writing but worth a mention!), interesting plot, plenty of humour throughout, likeable characters, my favourite was definitely Lily, as well as a fairytale ending.
I'd been looking forward to reading this book as I loved the concept behind it and I wasn't disappointed. I'd like to thank Becke at Avon for sending me a copy of A Very Accidental Love Story to review.