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Summary

An original, funny and poignant story about those things in life that you just can’t plan for…‘A very modern fairy-tale, full of Claudia’s trademark wit and humour.’ Sheila O’Flanagan.

Eloise Elliot is one of the youngest newspaper editors in the country. Respected and revered by her peers, she’s at the top of her game. But, on the eve of her thirtieth birthday, finding herself surrounded by some pathetic looking balloons and mangy sandwiches in The Daily Post’s conference room, Eloise is hit but a long sharp pang of loneliness. Suddenly, and with dazzling clarity, she realises what she wants to make her life more complete. A baby.

One successful trip to the sperm bank and almost three years later and she is the adoring mother of a gorgeous little girl, Lily. Juggling a high-powered job with motherhood is not easy and when she finds herself without childcare she sends an SOS to her sister Helen. Yet it’s when Lily starts asking about her ‘daddy’ that Eloise really starts to panic. What will she tell her? So Eloise decides there’s nothing for it – she’s going to find Lily’s father. After all, she chose the perfect donor so surely there won’t be any surprises. Except that there are plenty, and Eloise gets a lot more than she bargained for.

©2012 Claudia Carroll (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"It bubbles and sparkles like pink champagne." (Patricia Scanlan)
"Hilarious, effervescent, heart-warming…Claudia Carroll has another winner on her hands." ( Irish Independent)
"Hugely enjoyable." ( Heat)
"A guaranteed laugh." ( Hot Stars)
"Imaginative, funny…pure escapism." ( News of the World)

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a good listen

over all this book was a good listen it moved at a pace i was happy with and i felt the characters were well described,reflecing on the title the ending was predictable but then they say its not the destination its the journey.

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Heart Warming

Lovely story with nice narration. There’s some errors but these can be easily over looked.

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  • MW
  • 10-01-19

Easy listening

Listened on the car. Great narrating, easy listening and I really enjoyed it from start to finish.

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Marvellous characters . Totally original story.

I would have liked to give five star to this book. I really enjoyed the originality of the story . Brilliant . Only thing less than perfect was the narrator. Sadly she is not as good a narrator as she is a story teller. Still a brilliant book

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  • katherine
  • 15-11-12

We get it already...

The repetition in this book made me a little crazy. I think the storyline held promise, but the way the main character whined or praised things (over and over and over and over...) got on my nerves!

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  • Suzana
  • 14-09-13

Original & funny!

What did you like best about this story?

I loved how different and original the story itself was. When I first heard about it, I thought the story sounded a bit weird and I wasn't really interested, but then I decided to give the audiobook a try and LOVED every second of it!
Eloise wasn't your typical chicklit character and that was just perfect. I loved watching her slowly come to life though all the experiences she had. :)

What about Claudia Carroll’s performance did you like?

Ms Carroll does a FABULOUS narration and she had me in stitches with her Irish accent, which was perfect for the story. I'd love to listen to more audiobooks narrated by her!

If you could take any character from A Very Accidental Love Story out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Jake, of course! Swoon! He's dreamy, charming and funny to boot!

Any additional comments?

Please make more CC audiobooks available for international listeners. :)