A local novel, by a local author, published by a local publisher, this novel represents how well Manchester can do in the big world of publishing. And whilst it isn’t bad, it’s not good either; the novel succeeds to some degree in garnering the reader’s belief in (suspension of disbelief) and empathy for its major characters, which is something of a success; however, I didn’t sufficiently care for or believe in the characters. The writing is often marred with clichés and thoughtlessly written expressions, but there is some evidence of thoughtfully crafted sentences and expressions. The structure is not a great deal more than a gimmick and the different parts of the protagonist’s life barely hang together in one coherent whole. That said, I can imagine some people finishing and even enjoying it. The descriptions of the food in the fancy restaurant are great. The descriptions of the love of her life are a little embarrassing.