Book Review: The One Who Makes My Heart Race

The One Who Makes My Heart Race

The One Who Makes My Heart Race

A young British novelist, Jaqueline Allsop, shows readers that love and romance can happen anywhere. There’s no need to go online for matchmaking help if you just keep your eyes, and heart, open to people you see every day.

Allsop’s debut novel, The One Who Makes My Heart Race, is based on personal observances. From her time spent working in an office, she saw the romantic love most young single people search for happen again and again.

So much so, that she has now penned a book about it. The One Who Makes My Heart Race, is her first attempt at entering the world of fiction. Allsop hopes to prove that clock-watching is often the last thing on any office worker’s mind.

Allsop’s heroine, Shelly, is approaching 30. She has settled into a nice routine with a steady boyfriend when an unexpected upheaval badly upsets everything. Her office pals Colin and Alberto are the ones she depends on for advice and friendship as she tries to get her life back on track. Some of Shelly’s antics and mistakes reminded this reader of another favorite British lass, Bridget Jones. Shelly is quite lovable and just as good (or bad) at making decisions or reaching conclusions as BJ.

Allsop has told interviewers, “The story is heavily based on the things I have seen in the offices I have worked at. There’s always an exciting new love story brewing, one falling apart and another that has no idea what it’s morphed itself into! Of course, there’s a certain amount of brevity and humor that goes along with the trials, hence why I opted for a witty and slightly light-hearted romantic adventure.”

“Initial feedback to the book has been extremely positive. I think the story will heavily resonate with any woman who has fallen for, or attempted to fall for someone she works with. Sometimes it works, but often it’s a sure-fire torpedo into a messy breakup. Does that happen here? Well, you’ll have to buy the book and find out!”

The One Who Makes My Heart Race’ is available at Amazon – and iTunes.

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Jo Ann Holt
Jo Ann Holt is an award-winning journalist with 40+ years of experience as a writer and editor. She loves live performances, from country music concerts to Broadway musicals to community theatre productions. Holt also enjoys art and cultural festivals, and good food and wine. She’s toured Amsterdam, London, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and various cities in Mexico but looks forward to visiting even more countries. She has traveled by boat, plane, and train, but especially likes taking long road trips across the U.S. with her husband, retired history professor Durhl Caussey. They enjoy meeting friendly people, learning about different cultures, and visiting historic sites wherever they go.