The Park Bench Test
How do you know when you’ve found Mr Right?
Aspiring journalist Becky Harper loves her boyfriend Alex, but she doesn’t think he’s Mr Right.
Her best friend Emma doesn’t believe in Mr Right – she’s just looking for a man who will stick around longer than her dad did.
Katie has found her Mr Right and is planning her September wedding with her two best friends.
Debut author Sarah Lefebve asked her own friends and family how they knew they had found the elusive Mr Right and then turned their honest – and often surprising – answers into this charming, emotional and downright funny romance about three friends and their search for Mr Right – if he even exists that is…
The Park Bench Test is a sweet story, whether you agree with the ‘Mr Right’ theory or not. Our leading lady, Becky Harper, is in a long term relationship with her boyfriend Alex. When he proposes to her, she realises he isn’t her Mr Right and she can’t bear to say yes to him and instead ends the relationship. On top of that, she packs it in at her dead-end job and heads off to London, intent on becoming a journalist. There begins her journey to not only find her Mr Right, but to write the perfect magazine feature on her quest.
I like to think I’m one of those lucky few who has found her Mr Right and reading The Park Bench Test only solidified that for me. I highlighted many passages and lines throughout the book, particularly bits of Becky’s interviews with her friends and family. I know what “that feeling” is and there truly is no describing it. If you’ve ever been in love, you’ll know what I mean. Author Sarah Lefebve does a brilliant job of giving her readers that feeling of true love as they finish the book.
There’s a brilliant twist near the end which I did manage to suss out ahead of time but only as I was mindlessly preparing sprouts for dinner and thinking about the characters and their situations. That’s another thing I liked about The Park Bench Test — I thought about it while I wasn’t reading it.
I’m looking forward to more from Lefebve and from HarperImpulse.