A Valentine’s Story for the Ages

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By all counts, this particular twenty-four in Hadley Sullivan's life hour period should be filled with misery and dread for the weekend ahead.

By all counts, this particular twenty-four in Hadley Sullivan's life hour period should be filled with misery and dread for the weekend ahead.

She's flying from sunny New York to dreary London to watch her dad get married a second time, to a woman, her new stepmom, that she's never met. And, when a series of minor delays cause Hadley to miss her scheduled flight by four minutes, this already horrible day gets even worse.
 

That is, until Hadley meets Oliver in the flight waiting area. All he knows is that he's from England, where she's heading, he's carrying her suitcase, and they'll be separated by one seat on the flight.
 

A seven hour trip that before seemed excruciatingly long passes between one blink of an eye and another. But when the two lose each other in the crowds at customs, they each start to believe that the other was just a typical airport stranger: never to be seen again.
 

Hadley doesn't believe in destiny, but can fate step in to bring them back together?
 

As story that only takes a single day to play out, Jennifer E. Smith's The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a charming and heart-wrenching tale about connections with family, falling in love, and the transition from strangers to friends to lovers.
 

When I first bought this book, I expected it to be a cheese Valentine's day romance. Instead I found it to be a charismatic and cleverly written story that made my heart cry out in both sorrow and anguish, as well as in joy.
 

I would recommend this to each and every girl out there, especially those closer to thirteen or fourteen than to ten or eleven since they will probably enjoy it more, however it's still completely appropriate for preteen readers, with no bad language or mature themes. This is a fairly short book that can be devoured in a day by a devoted reader, or enjoyed over several days by a more casual one.