Review: Le Tour de Love
“…the opportunity of a lifetime.”
When physiotherapist Molly Matthews is offered a dream job by a guy who shaves his legs and has an obsession with his bicycle, she has serious doubts about accepting. But, as she keeps telling herself, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime and she’ll never get another chance like this. So, she does what anyone in her position would do – she agrees to join a professional cycling team for the most prestigious race in the cycling world – The Tour de France.
The reality, though, isn’t exactly what she had anticipated; instead of eating out at restaurants in pretty French villages and spending her free time lounging around the hotel pool, Molly finds herself living out of a suitcase for three weeks, massaging eight pairs of sweaty legs, administering ice baths and treating saddle sores.
And neither did she anticipate falling for a gorgeous, passionate, professional rider by the name of Alexander Duvall…
Mollie is a physiotherapist (physical therapist for those of us across the pond) who loves her job. She meets a hottie who loves cycling more than anything else and convinces her to come along for the Tour of her life. Along the way, they fall in love and challenge the convention that "focus" requires a lonely life.
Although the author adamantly insists this is a love story and not a discussion of cycling, I found the opposite to be true. For much of the book, it read like a nonfiction title about cycling. The information was interesting, but I felt robbed of the relationship. For example, we see very few conversations between Mollie and Alex while she treats him for his initial injury. I wanted to see them be cute together. Instead, we learn a lot about cycling. When the couple got together, I wasn't sure if they were just lusting after each other or had a real relationship. I did find the descriptions of the Tour thrilling. I was very invested in Alex's race performance and nearly cried during the final sequences. So kudos to the author - I'm not a "sporty" person but I truly cared about this race and this person's experience - and I was glad he found love, too. I just wanted to see more of the falling in love and less cycling lingo.
Lilac spends all her time writing, or reading, or thinking about writing or reading, often to the detriment of her day job, her family, and the housework. She apologises to her employer and her loved ones, but the house will simply have to deal with it! She calls Worcester home, though she would prefer to call somewhere hot and sunny home, somewhere with a beach and cocktails and endless opportunities for snoozing in the sun... When she isn't hunched over a computer or dreaming about foreign shores, she enjoys creating strange, inedible dishes in the kitchen, accusing her daughter of stealing (she meant to say "borrowing") her clothes, and fighting with her husband over whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher.
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