Jo had learned the hard way that life was not mystical, or magical; it was hard and grey and cold most of the time. Much better to see it for what it is than to be perennially disappointed.
With a hefty new mortgage, a frustrating career as a newspaper columnist and a flailing relationship with a married co-worker, Jo Liddell is resigned to living a less-than-perfect life.
That is, until she crosses paths with Joe Bannister – a celebrated foreign correspondent returning home to care for his dying father. Against all her natural instincts, Jo finds herself falling for Joe, and with his help begins to realise that she might deserve to be happy after all.
But when she decides to take the plunge and give love a chance, the results are catastrophic. And so Jo must fight hard for everything she never believed in – success, self-acceptance, and above all, real love.
Crossing Paths falls with a resounding thump into the category of chick-lit. Which isn’t a slight on this book; on the contrary, I found it to be a relaxing, funny read. Jo Liddell is a journalist in Sydney fighting her way to be recognised as a worthy columnist even though she gets stuck doing fluff pieces most of the time. She has just bought her own flat, is having an affair with a married man and generally feels pretty good about her life. The only thing missing – even though she’s not really looking – is a man she can have a decent relationship with. In steps Joe Bannister. Award-winning journalist and swarthy to boot. Joe is a likeable character who has come back to Australia to be near his ailing father but is not looking to fall in love. Jo and Joe come head-to-head on many occasions and their families and friends provide a familiar backdrop for their squabbles and dramas. However, just when you think the two Jo/es are destined to be together, there’s another surprising twist to the story. Crossing Paths is an entertaining, well-written romp for its genre and one for the Marian Keyes fans out there.
Katie Horner BOOKSELLER & PUBLISHER – SEPTEMBER 2008