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A Hopeless Romantic

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  6,740 Ratings  ·  416 Reviews
From the bestselling author of Going Home, which Sophie Kinsella hailed as "fabulous," comes a novel sure to touch and delight anyone who believes in love.

Laura Foster is a hopeless romantic. Her friends know it, her parents know it - even Laura acknowledges she lives either with her head in the clouds or buried in a romance novel. It's proved harmless enough, even if

Paperback, 531 pages
Published October 9th 2007 by Downtown Press (first published October 23rd 2006)
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Love Fool
Feb 26, 2014 Love Fool rated it it was amazing
LOVE the title of the book and the cover. It just made my heart warm. Despite what people think, I am a hopeless romantic so once I heard about this book I wanted to read it because I knew I was able to relate to it. This was a funny book that made you believe there is love out there and not just for Disney princesses.
Also, here is a deep confession... I love British chick-lit books. Everything is so romantic when you add some UK men, language, and London.
Jun 05, 2012 Louise rated it really liked it
Well the book title attracts me though..the first 15 chapters well it felt like HOPELESS really, it's so unsettling and exhausting thinking how stupid Laura was in getting trouble falling in Love to an engage man( really hate those chapters):(, but after she realized that she cannot get what she wanted and renewed her view in life and relationship,
then comes Nick...I set in a pace when he came into view in the next few chapters...though he only comes brief he gives an impact to Laura, I'm hoping
Aug 16, 2007 Katie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Chick-lit Fans
Shelves: chick-lit

I thought "A Hopeless Romantic" was brillinat and is the type of book that women (and men) can relate to. I have included a synopsis below for those who might be interested in reading it.


Laura was a hopelessly hopeful romantic. Cupid’s arrow was always just around the corner and the look of love was forever pasted across her face. But there are only so many disastrous relationships a girl can take; the budding theatre director (gay), the romantic poet (psychopath
Nov 16, 2007 Laura rated it really liked it
I had a false-start with this book a while back, and decided to wait a bit and start over. I'm solidly into it now, but am occasionally having to backtrack to figure out who a character is (which is why I stopped initially. I was 20 pages in and didn't know who any of these people were. the way characters are introduced just doesn't cement them in my head or something). Had I not found my "One" as early as I did, I think I would be the Laura in this book. So though I haven't experienced these si ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Nov 24, 2014 Jacob Proffitt rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
While okay in concept and with entertaining secondary characters, this book peters out around the midpoint and never fully recovers. It doesn't help that Evans spends the first hundred pages establishing a baseline for Laura as weak and pretty profoundly delusional. That's a long time for simple background work. And yes, there's a lot of other establishing going on, but going that long before you even meet a viable romantic interest is a risk, and, in this case, a risk that never manages to pay ...more
Nov 14, 2007 Bridget rated it it was ok
This was a somewhat frusterating book. Its challenging for the author to make the readers care about a main character (Laura) who willingly engages in an affair with a guy who has a girlfriend (they are all in the same group of friends)...and many times did not succeed, IMO. Then, when Laura goes on vacation and meets a new guy, you just know that this is the one who she'll get with that will be right, but there was A LOT of back-and-forth until we got there. The book was too long, and not fun e ...more
Jun 13, 2008 Deborah rated it really liked it
so.. i'm a little ashamed to include this to bookshelf, but it was a really enjoyable read which got me through a brief period of loneliness and negative thinking. it's just one of those good cheesy beach reads. enjoy it for what it is; it didn't change my life, but it added a little more sugar to my bleak winter days in boston.
Feb 10, 2012 Jenny rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobooks
A lot of reviews praise this book, but I seem to be in the minority. The problem is that the characterisation is awful - no one comes across as likeable, especially the main character, Laura. She is completely selfish, whiny and self-obsessed that you don't feel sorry for her when she loses her job and things start to go wrong for her. Things pick up slightly after a tedious passage about her holidaying in Norfolk with her family when she meets Nick, and the fairytale romantic storyline seemed l ...more
Mar 13, 2008 Nikki rated it really liked it
"A heart is a package tangled up in knots someone else tied" Joash Ritter sings in his song "Kathleen" and he's right. Our heroine, Laura, is a hopless romantic and she knows it. Her friends know it. Her family knows it. After a particularly bad relationship, the knots that guy tied almost ruins the next relationship she has. It takes some time for her to untie the knots and open back up to love and regain a little bit of her hopeless romantic charm as her willingness to fall in love at the drop ...more
May 07, 2008 Ceci rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008, fiction
I thought that this was a very good book that many 20-30 something singles could relate to. The bad relationships, the day dreaming that the server is your true love... but during the middle of the book is like the author lost the focus of the book. Like she was going in circles and never wanted to make a decision. Also, i think she could developed a lot more the characters. Not a bad book but it could have been better!
Fani *loves angst*
Wow! I was in a mood for chick lit for quite some time, but this book certainly exceeded my expectations; the romance was far more angsty than usual in this genre, which was certainly up to my taste. However, the emotional scenes of heartache were nicely interspersed with humorous dialogues, great one liners and not a few funny scenes from the heroine's family and friends, especially her flatmate Paddy (who is one of the best secondary heroes I've read about) making it an easy and light read, pe ...more
Jul 21, 2009 Teresa rated it did not like it
I need to stop reading books by Harriet Evans as I'm 0 for 2. I find her main characters to be intensely unlikeable. I understand the notion of having a "flawed character" but this goes far beyond that. I kept reading hoping to get over my dislike and it just didn't happen. No one this unlikeable should have a happy ending and all her books end that way. Seriously, the main character just made me sick. I also find this book way too long. The story could have been told in about half the length. I ...more
As a hopeless romantic myself, I could not help but be mesmerized by Ms. Harriet Evans' book covers. In fact, another friend bought her book also because of the pretty. We just had to have it. I eventually managed to tear my eyes from the covers, and with titles and little summaries like these, who can resist what hopes to be a good read, yeah? This is a long post, and spoilers of course, so beware.

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Zoe and the Edge
Dec 30, 2012 Zoe and the Edge rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
There are a lot of things about this book that aren't my style, yet the author pulled it off for me. There's a lot of detail and background information which isn't my kind of thing. Seriously, the hero is introduced at the 30% mark. But it's told in a gentle rambling style that caught my attention. Secondly, the heroine has all the characteristics that I usually hate. But that's not what brought the rating down for me. It was the lack of romance - yes! - believe it or not in a book titl
Nov 21, 2015 Noushin rated it did not like it
Shelves: cant-finish
Infinitely boring and annoying to read, hence i wouldn't even finish the book. Laura is a grown woman who is going around acting like a lovesick teenager ruining her life over a guy. Although the preview shows that there's more to the story I can't help but feel that its just going to be a repeat of the same stupid teenager-y love sick behavior till the end, only the last story will have some sappy happy ending.
I would not say that the writing style is bad but maybe I am a bit biased, since I f
Jan 17, 2008 Jenny rated it liked it
I would bet money that this was inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Not only is she mentioned a few times but the book is divided up into three parts and there are other likenesses that I don't realize so I'm not spoiling the book. I could have done without the first part though. It made me not really like the main character though I do like who she becomes in the next two parts. Maybe you're not meant to like her in the beginning.
Tattered Cover Book Store
Fans of Fielding, Bushnell and Lippman will love this book. It's very much in the Bridget Jones formula: 20something woman continues to make a disaster of her life with bad choices, vows to change, struggles with it and nearly misses true love when it crosses her path (or, in this case, literally mows her down). I would call it a comfort read for chic lit fans.

-Jackie B

Carolyn  Storer
Apr 27, 2016 Carolyn Storer rated it it was ok
Unfortunately I didn't like much about this book. The heroine was so irritating and unlikable. I was hoping she'd grow throughout the story but she didn't. The dialogue was stilted too, lots of ums and ahs masquerading as endearing bumblings between hero and heroine. Wouldn't recommend.
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Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Laura is a desperate, hopeless romantic. She believes in the dream of a white knight on a gallant steed. From Jane Austen to Georgette Heyer, she has spent her life looking for "the one" who will match her romantic ideal. Of course this leads her to nothing but trouble. She has the worst taste when it comes to men, but she always bends the facts of the situation to fit her romantic daydreams. Take Dan. Sure he has a girlfriend, sure it's technically an affair, but that doesn't stop Laura and her ...more
Dec 17, 2010 Rosie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2011
It was the title that drew me to this book. I was once described by a friend as having the "hopeless romantic" trait so I was curious to see what the book was about and how the characters were presented. The novel revolves around hopeless romantic Laura, showing us that living your life in a romantic dreamworld is more trouble than it's worth.

I loved Laura, I did see some of myself in her. Some of her actions I could see myself doing exactly the same if I was in her situation. When she met Dan
Jun 17, 2012 Rolyn rated it did not like it
When Laura was with Dan, I badly wanted to punch her in the face and then cut Dan's willy. I am not good with love relationships - given that I haven't been in one all my life. So correct me if I am wrong with this. When you are with someone, you should always ask yourself if be brings out the best in you. But with Laura, her life centered with Dan and she neglected the others. She ditched her friends and in work, her mind wanders off. Is she that man-deprived? I wanted to beat some sense into h ...more
Venus Smurf
This book is a good beach read--it's light, has no plot beyond providing a female character with an impossible romance, and doesn't inspire lingering consideration once the book is finished. Perfect for the beach.

The writing style didn't make an impression either way, but I can't say I liked the main character or the plot. I think the writer was trying to recreate the type of girl from one of the early Kinsella novels (Confessions of a Shopaholic), quirky and fun if very flawed, but it didn't q
Feb 01, 2009 Jenn rated it liked it
Shelves: books-owned
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I'm really picky when it comes to my click-lit. I don't like over the top stuff, and I don't like smut either. This book was very sweet and romantic, even if it does attribute to the unreasonable standards guys feel that they have to reach (when a friend saw me reading this, he made that comment). ;)

It's basically about a girl who's a hopeless romantic (go figure) and also very unlucky in love. She always seems to end up with the wrong sorts of men, and h
Nancy Murphy
Feb 12, 2014 Nancy Murphy rated it it was ok
Okay so I really wanted to like this book. I was excited to receive this. The size was not the issue, it was the story itself.

I could not feel sympathy or relate to the main character. Her situations were too many that makes them unrealistic. She comes across as whiny and ungrateful. The romantic interest is nothing but your typical handsome rich guy.

There are elements and situations that become an obstacle but are then dropped with no resolve. Some elements appear are resolved and then come bac
Apr 23, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing
So as to not to have to hide for spoilers I'm just going to say I hated 'Part One'. I felt it could have been done in one chapter and that Laura really was played for the sucker too much. But on to the rest of the book... I LOVED it! I loved the relationship between Laura and Mary, and also the one between Mary and Nick. I like how Harriet Evans doesn't have Laura just drop everything for her man and follow him around like a puppy. This is a great book, but I do wish we got to see a little more ...more
Sep 17, 2013 Shelley rated it really liked it
This was a cute, if very long, chick-lit romance set in London. I enjoyed it. Laura is kind of annoying at first because of the choices she makes, but she evolves as the story goes along. You understand her hesitance about Nick, although you want to yell at her to take the chance. Her friends and family do and ultimately she finds what is best for her. Lots of characters and very detailed, this book is well written and, despite the length, I never got bored or felt it was being repetative or any ...more
Jan 15, 2011 Brooke rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.I have to admit, the title is what made me pick it up (spot on marketing I'd say). It was an easy read, a quick read and it's a romantic guilty pleasure. I typically give away most of my "romance" books but this one is a keeper. It's the answer to the "mean reds" as Audrey would put it - for those days when you are down and out. It's like my fictional "Prince and Me". I love a good fairy tale every so often and this is it.

It has a Sophie Kinsella feel to it, but it is much long
Helena Wildsmith
I was really disappointed with this book, having read a few others by Harriet Evans and enjoying them. Sadly I thought this was unrealistic, flat, pointless and featured characters which were all rather unlikeable. Not one I'd recommend!
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