An Eclair to Remember

  • by Rich Amooi
  • Narrated by Ryan Kennard Burke
  • 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sydney St. James has decided to settle. She says yes to Mr. Not Quite Right and sets sail on a cruise to Alaska for her bachelorette party. But when Sydney meets Silicon Valley's most eligible bachelor aboard the ship, her world turns upside down. Oscar Martin is handsome, charming, and to make matters worse...he gets her completely.
Oscar has his own problems - and his own fiancée. He'd planned the cruise as a last ditch attempt to save their relationship, but she decided to skip it. The tide turns when he meets Sydney as they both reach for the last éclair at the dessert station. Now he can't get the beautiful, feisty woman off his mind.
Oscar is certain serendipity brought them together. Sydney is not so sure. But the cruise will be a trip of self-discovery for both of them, and fate will have the final word.

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Brilliant as always

This is an excellent book, though I have to say Mr Crotchety is still at the top of my list. But it was a close call!

This is a simple tale of love at first fight. Sydney and Oscar meet at a buffet table during their first night abroad to Alaska. They both set their eyes on the only remaining eclair. Of course, conflict is inevitable when there's dessert involved! For me, its mostly with chocolate (I just don't share when it comes to chocolate, but a bite of my buttered crossaint? Sure, you don't even have to ask.) Anyway that is how the story really gets going: nothing like a hilarious fight to get the ball rolling.

What follows their initial meeting, is a random series of encounters. Wherever Sydney goes she is sure to run into Oscar. He explains it with the word: serendipity. I'm not sure I'm a believer, it seems a little too good to be true. Though there was definitely an element of magic (maybe not the right word- I saw the 'Now You See Me' film this weekend and I'm still enthralled), or fate, when it came to their relationship. How is it that they both embarked on a world trip to Alaska? How is it that they are both engaged, and left their respective fiancés at home? Fate, right? They were meant to happen: everything happens for a reason- and this, I firmly believe. But that is not all to the story- there's how Oliver is a bit of a celebrity, there's Sydney's best friend and then, there's a wholly unpredictable turn near the end which I just didn't see coming. So, I was completely focussed, It was a good turn and kept things really interesting.

I remember how I first discovered one of Rich Amooi's books, I was looking for a romantic novel by a male author. But I wanted it to be a bit lighter, more humourous, than the average Nicholas Sparks novel. Yep, I'm fussy. But I'm glad for it. With Rich Amooi's books, it's as though every line is perfectly crafted, so well though-out, to have you smiling and maybe even laughing. It's brilliant. No other word for it. A special kind of talent. And that also has a lot to do with the narrator, Ryan Kennard Burke, he has the voice of an entertaining storyteller. It must have been difficult to have read the especially cheesy lines with a straight face and a serious voice. That, in itself, is talent. I'm not sure I could manage it...But he pulled it off, reading the lines with as much genuineness as possible. Very convincing.

And with one last, more to the point (apparently, according to Amooi, women always get to the point), remark of how this title was worth purchasing, I conclude this review.
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- Sara Niña

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-02-2016
  • Publisher: Rich Amooi