Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

“Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?”

Seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan would like nothing more than to not be heading to London to attend her father’s wedding to a woman she has never met. Forced to go and be a bridesmaid by her mother, Hadley is still a bit bitter about her father’s move to England and the subsequent divorce between her parents. She is just four minutes late to board her plane and is left behind. Now she is going to be three hours later getting to the wedding and will just barely arrive in time. Hadley thinks everyone is going to blame her for missing her flight. Claustrophobic, Hadley is now even more stressed because she fought with her mother before leaving. The last thing she expects to happen is to catch the attention of the cute boy who turns out to be on the same flight she is now on.

Oliver, a Yale student heading home to London for an event, offers to watch Hadley’s suitcase when an older woman next to her refuses. He notices her struggling with her things and offers to help. They soon strike up a conversation that lasts all night through their flight to London. As the two of them depart from the plane, they realize they will be separated at customs. As Hadley aches from having to say good-bye, Oliver pulls her close for a kiss, they promise to meet up in the baggage claim but she cannot find him before leaving for the wedding.

With Hadley’s thoughts never straying from Oliver, will they be able to find each other again in London? Is it possible to fall in love at first sight? Can Hadley find it in herself to forgive her father? And what will Hadley do when she realizes the reason Oliver came home? This story of fate, destiny and love will be hard to put down.

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