Love Byte

Set in Edinburgh, David Atkinson’s Love Byte is a quirky take on the theme of how to get on with your life after a loved one dies.

Andy Hunter leads a nice middle class life with his wife and baby, until his wife is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Love Byte opens with Andy and his two year old daughter looking at a wedding video in which everyone, according to Andy, has died, including his lovely bride Lindsay.

Instead of indulging in the kind of self-pity another writer might have subjected him to, Andy is getting on with his life for the sake of his daughter, helped by a life insurance pay out that has cleared the mortgage and allows him to work part-time and by his mother-in-law. He is not insensitive to the tragedy that has befallen them and the fact that Amy will not remember her mother but David Atkinson chooses to write a touching but funny version of life after Lindsay.

As she was dying, the technology literate Lindsay preplans a number of blind dates for Andy through an agency, timed to kick in seven months after her death. So this is the story of those dates, some of which turn out to be hilarious, some amusing, some eye-wateringly touching and some all three, interspersed with emails and texts from Lindsay, explaining what she is doing and why.

It’s not an easy course to follow, but David Atkinson gets the balance just right and has produced a delightful romantic comedy that will make great holiday reading.

Love Byte is available here from Amazon

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Suse Coon

Suse Coon started life training to be an architect but ended up as a fashion buyer then civil servant. After some time out to bring up her family of three, she returned to what had been a hobby and entered the field of freelance journalism. After becoming regional correspondent, then editor of the orienteering magazine CompassSport, she formed Pages Editorial & Publishing Services. In this guise, West Lothian Life was launched, while Suse maintained a level of freelancing and wrote the award winning children's novel Richard's Castle. In 1999, Suse bought over CompassSport and found her time taken up pretty well exclusively with the two magazines. In 2004, West Lothian Life was expanded to form Lothian Life, however, the workload was too great. In 2006, CompassSport was sold and Suse concentrated on the web version of Lothian Life. Her hobbies include gardening, orienteering, sea kayaking and Tai Chi.

One thought on “Love Byte”

  1. I read this book fairly recently and I loved it. Although I do enjoy a touch of romance, it was refreshingly low on saccharine and high on humour.

    Wonderfully balanced, this is a book written from a bloke’s perspective and all readers will recognise a mate or two!

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