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The Greatest Love Story of All Time

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,595 ratings  ·  151 reviews
The Greatest Love Story of All Time is a laugh-out-loud debut novel from the Marie Claire blogger, Lucy Robinson

It's Fran's thirtieth birthday and things are good . . .

She's bluffed her way into a Very Posh Job and her outlandishly handsome and talented boyfriend Michael is escorting her to the Ritz with a bulge the shape of a ring box in his pocket.

But some
Paperback, 496 pages
Published April 12th 2012 by Penguin (first published 2012)
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Silver Thistle {adores JAFF & TEOTWAWKI.  Oh, and accronyms :P}
The single defining reason that this was a terrible read for me was Fran's Scottish friend, Dave. Yes, he's funny and yes he's a good friend to Fran but as soon as he called her by the cute little 'nickname' he had for her I couldn't bear him.

I'm Scottish so I've heard that word used plenty, and in it's proper context. It's really NOT a nice name to be called. It certainly isn't a name to be used in affection for a close (female) friend by a man. *shudder*

There's no grey
This is why Chick lit is one of my favourite genre, Lucy never fails to disappoint. This book is a perfect combo of humor, drama and romance. If anyone is interested in a light heart, humor book this one is a deffo recommendation. I loved and enjoyed reading about Fran's journey to love, she and her friends are both loveable and laughable (I loved mostly Stefania, she was a delight to read and I instantly fell in love with her character!)
Natalie TBGWP
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So, here we have what I can only describe as a book for the girls of today. A book for the girls who will give the men a run for their money.

From the very start you connect with Fran, she's that friend that you've known forever. The one who you be extra silly with and tell everything too. You will also love her 'charming' cat Duke Ellington. Her friends sex mad Leonie, Princess Stefania and big huggy bear Dave become your circle of friends too. Altogether you can take on the world and more
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Initially, I thought of giving this book 3 or maybe 4 stars. Then why, did I give it a 5-star rating, you ask?
It was the ending that did it. My God! The ending was amazing. I loooved it!
After finishing it, I knew this book deserved nothing short of 5-stars. ^_^
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
not really my style
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted at Once Upon A Time.

It feels like yonks ago I read and fell in love with this book, looking at my Goodreads page, I suppose a month ago is a fair while, but hey that’s why I take notes and I do remember how much I absolutely adored this book, to the point that I told off Ms. Lucy on Twitter for making me actually cry and I couldn’t read anything else for three whole days afterwards and I told a random lady in Tesco to buy it because it’s really really good (as well a
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-english
Have we all really read the same novel? Because the one I read ticked all the wrong boxes.
Foreign characters vho zo not speak ze Inglish very vell? Check.
Ridiculously stereotypical and annoying characters? Check.
Mentioning female body parts in every single dialogue, either as pet name, insult, compliment or totally irrelevant metaphor? Check, unfortunately. In each of the 45 chapters, in every dialogue. Either the author is obsessed with female sex parts, or all characters are, be t
Monica Miller
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really love Lucy Robinson's writing. It's very nice and detailed and focuses a lot on the characters. And this was a good story.

But it kind of drove me crazy at points, and I think it could have been a tad shorter. I wouldn't have minded that.

The story revolves around Fran, whose boyfriend Michael broke up with her for 90 days on her thirtieth birthday without giving her a reason. At first I was sympathetic with her, seeing her so broken, but then somehow it became quit
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved Dave. Fran was sometimes annoying. Michael was a prick and I shouted and got cross at the situation alot.

Enjoyed every minute of it.
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When Fran meets Michael I really thought they were meant for each other, but it turns out ...

After almost two years of relationship Michael wants a three months break, Fran thought he was going to propose.
Now she is sad, lying around and doesn’t want to get out of her flat.

It is interesting to read how Fran met Michael and you gotta love her three friends: Leonie, Stefania and especially Dave.
They’ve got a plan to send Fran on eight dates (the last one, has to
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on:

3 words: I loved it! I could leave it there, but I guess you want to know a bit more. I instantly liked Fran, she is so funny and well, her cat is called Duke Ellington, how cool is that! She has quite a good life: caring and intelligent (even a bit too much) boyfriend, good job, good friends... well the whole lot. But when her boyfriend wants a 3 months break the same day she is turning 30 and has been offered a better position, destroying her happy day (I know...
Sarah Goodwin
May 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I bought this book because I'm trying to write some chick-lit, and this book was described as origional and barmy and hilarious.

I'm afraid I stopped reading after page fifty, simply because, the character who started out being funny and peculiar and interesting - became irritating and snivelling. She was supposed to be passionate about her career, and yet started hanging off a man's coat tails the minute 'the one' showed up. I couldn't get past one of the lines, where Fran decides sh
Jul 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I hate rating these kind of books. Books that are mediocre, bland, plainly annoying to read, untill the last hundred of pages, where the main character realises that she has been a total idiot and drastically changes her behavior. And I especially hate these books when they have a perfect ending (even though this one was slightly sloppy and kind of the easy way out)

I have started this book three times and gave up around page twenty, which is very unlike me. But sadly, I own a copy, a
Moon Love
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jyc
I started this book at 9 pm thinking, "Over 400 pages! I'm going to be reading this all night!" Of course, a little under three hours after starting, I looked up. The book was finished and it was only 11:48pm. Boy was this book good!

I loved the back and forth between the past and the present. It really help me get a full grasp on Michael and Fran's relationship. I absolutely loved Fran. I really related to her, especially with her being clumsy and apt to say whatever came to mind. I
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Let me just say OMG, and then some :). I just love that feeling, when you take a book and start reading, and you have little or no expectations, just a little distraction and a good laugh, and in the end you FALL IN LOVE with the book and story so hard it breaks your heart. Yeah, this is so that type of a book ;).

I loooved, loooved this book ... I laughed, I cried, I wanted to know the ending and at the same time I wanted it not to end ;). Fran and her little possy of friends are such great, sw
May 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is Lucy Robinson’s first book, and I had high hopes for it, I really did. I love the cover; it makes you want to grab it off the shelf when you see it. The plot sounded awesome, but the actually story itself didn’t happen for me. Lucy is a good writer; there is no doubt about that. I loved Dave as he was always there for Fran, and liked the ending. There were some shocks in the story which I didn’t see coming so this is why it’s got two stars.

This book has had lots of good reviews, hardly
This reminded me a bit of Bridget Jones - but I much preferred Bridget. Although I didn't *quite* guess the twist, I knew there was something up. (Minor spoiler )I think the wacky-friend-who-turns-out-to-be-a-princess was a bit much. (view spoiler) ...more
Holly Patricia
Nov 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book was soooooooooooooo disappointing!

As a living, breathing version of Bridget Jones myself and a massive fan of chiclit, I thought I was going to love this book. Well I couldn't have been so wrong.

I found the characters extremely over exaggerated and boring. Her French friend is really irritating to try and read because it's written in French phonics, so instead of applying an accent yourself, you have to read it in this incredibly annoying way which I couldn't st
Barbara Elsborg
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Really liked it for its sheer energy. This was a book that drove the reader, making them laugh and bite their fingernails until the very last page. I loved the wit, the crudity, the situational comedy, the characters--- yep it was a very good book. Others have given details of the story so I won't repeat - but it's basically the story of understanding what 'to love' really means. Yes, the conclusion was predictible despite the attempt to muddy the water, but that didn't make it any the less enjo ...more
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found this book while browsing around in Sainsbury's and as much as I hate to admit it, I was initially attracted to it by it's funny cover. I took it home and immediately sat down to read. Three pages in I startled my friend who thought I was having a fit, as I was laughing almost hysterically at the main character's actions. I am a fantasy, magic, dreamer kinda reading girl and I have to say, this book is among my top choices. It is a light reading, laughing-out-loud, crying, thought inducin ...more
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was the first Lucy Robinson book I have read. It took me a while to get use to her writing style but once I got into the book the writing style fitted the characters and at the end of the book I really enjoyed it. A sort of updated Bridget Jones.
Belle F
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
No shame guilty pleasure read.
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-reads

Really couldn't get into this book... I did try but I just couldn't jell with the characters and I just found them annoying... Didn't finish the book!
Lamache Locher
Sep 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
Greatest lovestory of all time ?
You must be kidding !
I could not continue reading The Greatest Love Story of All Time once I reached the decomposing ice cream in the bed scene. That boggled my mind.
Jul 04, 2016 added it
I freaking loved this. LOVED.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a funny book - although it's a bit like 'The In Betweeners' for adult women. It's a bit Bridget Jones but with significantly worse language and more explicit sexual discussion. The story is predominantly about Fran who has been dumped, unexpectedly, by her boyfriend Michael. She's heart broken and devastated by his suggestion they have a 3 month trial separation with no contact. Fran has a really supportive group of friends who encourage her to have 8 internet dates in the separation per ...more
Marie’s Book Boutique
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I really like the simplicity of this cover, from the cream backing to the black colour of the title and pale blue of the author's name. The lady on the sofa, look's heart-broken in her PJ's, with tear drenched tissues littering the floor beside a bottle of gin and a tub of ice cream. A missives looking cat sits on the back of the sofe watching his train wreck of an owner.
Lucy Robinson is a new au
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A really easy read and enjoyed the book itself. I haven't read a book like this since Christmas so made a nice change. I have to admit within 4 pages I knew how it was going to end but I think with these kinds of books you usually can guess how it's going to end. Really glad I've read it and will read this author again.
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Not my favourite Lucy Robinson book, but still a pleasant read. It felt like the ending was foreshadowed very early in the novel, but that may have been intentional--after all, part of the premise is that the protagonist is ignoring/repressing certain obvious facts about her life. I did like the characters and their idiosyncratic ways of speaking, with my only reservation relating to the over-the-top phonetic spellings of everything Stefania said (this technique worked better with Jan in "The Un ...more
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