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Countdown to Love: A Silver Night Romance (Silver Nights Romance Collection) Paperback – January 21, 2015
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Countdown to LoveThe first of the Silver Night Romance Collection
A Hen Lit not Chick Lit
A laugh out loud romantic comedy. We all know that person!
When Marie, a single workaholic project manager, who prides herself on her abilities and expertise hits on an idea to project manage her own sex life by Valentine’s Day it seems like an easy task. Due to her keenness to help others she involves her ‘gay’ neighbour in the project with promises of getting him a suitable candidate as well, by the self-imposed deadline of four weeks.
The project gets complicated when they have both set different agenda’s and although Marie prides herself on her insight, knowledge of people and ability to hit all deadlines she questions whether this actually transfers over into her very troublesome social life.
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Readers' Favorite Review: Petra Ayling 4*
Countdown to Love was a sweet, clean and funny romance that can easily be read in one sitting. Told in first person narrative from Marie's point of view, Allyson R. Abbott has created quite a quirky, slightly bossy but ultimately likable protagonist in Marie. Her personality is shown efficiently through her sometimes hilarious monologues and entertaining dialogues. All the characters felt very authentic.
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About the Author
Allyson R. Abbott
I 'm very lucky to have the indulgence of time and space to enable me to write. I took a sabbatical from work to accompany my partner on his bucket list travels and adventures, and never went back. I really thought I would struggle with all the free time, so decided to write to keep myself occupied. Now writing has consumed my time and I am never sure where we will be or when, hence my novels could be classed 'international' as they may have been written across a few countries. We are still travelling, although we do pop back to the UK for a few months every now and again.
I love the fact that no matter what our age we can use new technology to connect to the rest of the world and enhance our lives. Back in the UK I have my friends and family and with emails, phones, Skype or face-time, we are never out of touch for long. Even my mother at eighty-six uses face-time to catch up with me. I have the world at my fingertips and only twenty-four hours away from anywhere.
Being a 'mature aging gracefully' woman, I feel akin to the problems of aging and relationships. I spent many years on my own before finding my truly remarkable and very patient partner who I happily gave up my whole world for. My stories are about mature relationships with mature people. People who have character and humour, who have a history; people just like us.
I like to call it Hen Lit, Not Chick Lit, but it is not just about falling in love. They are about real relationships.
I hope you enjoy my stories. Please check my web page or social media pages if you would like to contact me. I love emails and try to answer every one as soon as possible.
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 21, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 170 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1506169198
- ISBN-13 : 978-1506169194
- Item Weight : 3.04 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.39 x 8 inches
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By: Allyson R. Abbott
5 out of 5 stars
The story Countdown to Love: A Silver Night Romance by Allyson R. Abbott is a short story that had me smiling and laughing when reading. It is the story of Marie who has decided that she has been without a man for long enough and puts together a project to have one by Valentine’s Day. Marie is a woman who is a person of action. She has a strong personality and has a take-charge attitude. While the methods that she uses for her project work for her job I wondered how they were going to work in order to find a man. Marie has included her neighbor Richard in her project. She is determined that he find love as well. Richard goes along with Marie’s plans and also from time to time has a few of his own ideas to add. Will these two find love for Valentine’s Day? This is a fun story to read. I read it all in one sitting. These are two characters that I wouldn’t mind reading more about. I have read other books by this author and look forward to reading more of her stories. She creates stories and characters that are wonderful.
The heroine Marie clearly has an extremely goal-oriented personality, and the author does a fine job of showing the character through dialogue, both external and internal. Told in first-person, the pace of the sentences and the story reflect the character’s personality.
The author balances a fair share of real-life, real-person experiences and feelings with a dose of romantic daydream-type thinking, which is most probably the reality most of us share, at all ages. This story will prompt you to think about older women’s expectations of relationships and their skill at establishing them.
Marie has decided it is time to find love again before she is to old. At fifty nine she is looking at sixty and worrying that if she doesn’t use her sex appeal to catch a man now, it could very well be too late and she is not ready for that. Marie is a highly skilled planner and has a very high energy level. Setting a good plan into action is going to be easy for her but having this plan completed by Valentine’s Day maybe a stretch. Will the outcome be what she wants? Marie learns office romances are not so good. She has enlisted the help of her gay neighbor, Richard.
Richard has had his eye on Marie for a long time. When she enlists him to help her with her plan to have a partner for each of them by Valentine’s day he decided this is the perfect time for a plan of his own. Richard goes along with Marie to help end the boring lives she thinks they lead.
What will happen when Marie finds out all about Richard and his plotting and planning? How will she feel when she learns who Richard really is and how he feels about her? You will have to read this to find out!
I totally enjoyed this fun and exciting read. I found the Allyson R. Abbott’s humor spot on. I loved the characters Marie and Richard have a good story! I for one want more and can’t wait to see if we get more.
Marie is a fifty-nine year old senior project manager. Her career makes her a very busy woman. Marie finally realizes it has been way too long to not have a male companion. She decides to make a project out of finding herself a date. Marie also gets her neighbor Richard into her plan. They both want a person to come home too. Marie and Richard start to take action finding themselves dates. Richard also has a plan of his own that could complicate things. Will these two find love on Valentine’s Day or will they both end up alone again?
This book was so much fun to read. It maybe short but when you are finished it will feel complete. You will fall in love with these characters immediately. Marie is a go getter that will not stop until she gets what she wants. She also has a strong personality that I loved. Marie maybe in her fifties but she is young at heart. Richard is very sweet and caring. He is the perfect gentleman and any woman is lucky to have him. I loved that this story was about older adults that still can have romance. I usually read romance with younger couples that grow together. It is nice to see that the older generation can also have hot romance. I would love to read more about these two characters in the future. I can not wait and see what this author will write about next.
Top reviews from other countries
Countdown to love is a really fun novella by Allyson Abbott. It’s a mature woman’s romance- with a sweet, clean and charming story. It has a fast pace and is a very quick, easy read.
Marie is a fifty-nine-year-old project manager who decides that it’s time to find herself a man- because it’s been way too long. She sets about putting together a plan in her very efficient and organised way. She decides to include her single, shy, gay neighbour Richard in her plan- to try and find him love as well. She sets a time line in which she wants to accomplish her plans- to find romance by Valentine’s day.
Well as you can imagine, not everything goes quite according to her plan- sometimes love is found in the most unexpected way.
What ensues is a hilarious, fun and interesting story that will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens.
Thank you, Ms. Abbott!