The Secret To Falling In Love

Victoria Cooke

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GENRE

ROMANCE COMEDY

    Core Theme

    A JOURNEY OF SELF-DISCOVERY LEADS TO LOVE

    TIME PERIOD

    Contemporary

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    BRIDGET JONES' DIARY, HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN TEN DAYS, MAN UP.

    CHARACTER LIST

    • MELISSA: 35. LEAD. WRITER. CAREER-DRIVEN, AND AN IDEALIST. ASPIRING, ROMANTIC.
    • SCOTT: 35. MALE LEAD. SEXY, CHARMING, CONFIDENT.
    • DEE: 45. FEMALE, ANTAGONIST. MELISSA’S BOSS. MANIPULATIVE, SOPHISTICATED.

    Logline

    Career woman and social media addict, Mel, wants to settle down and find a man. The trouble is, online dating isn't working and after a long line of losers, she decides a social media detox is in order. Will she find love the old-fashioned way?

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34

    Target Gender: Female leaning

    Setting

    Manchester, England and Scotland.

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: with a Publisher

    Publisher: HQ Digital (UK) an imprint of HarperCollins

    Year Published: 2017

    Starting Description

    Lifestyle journalist and thirty-something singleton Melissa hashtags, insta's and snapchats her supposedly fabulous life on every social media platform there is. That is until she wakes up on her birthday, another year older and still alone, wondering if for all her internet dates, love really can

    Ending Description

    Mel realises that she needs to be more present, a social media balance is in order, she also stands up to herself against her evil boss. In her love-life, and after a series of misunderstandings, she finally gets her 'happy ever after' with guy-next-door, Scott.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    Information not completed

    Mature Audience Themes

    Language/Profanity, Nudity

    Plot - Other Elements

    Meaningful Message, Happy Ending

    Plot - Premise

    Internal Journey/Rebirth

    Main Character Details

    Name: Mel is career-driven, upbeat and doesn't let things get her down, even when things are going badly. She doesn't stand up for herself much early on but grows in confidence. She is worried about her biological clock ticking.

    Age: 35

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Aspiring, Charming, Faithful, Funny, Modest, Romantic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Dee

    Age: 45

    Gender: Female

    Role: Antagonist

    Key Traits: Beautiful, Decisive, Leader, Manipulative, Sophisticated, Badass, Blunt, Confident, Outspoken, Unapologetic, Aggressive

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Scott

    Age: 35

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Sexy, Charming, Confident, Funny, Heartthrob, Heroic, Honorable, Masculine

    Additional Character Details

    Name: James

    Age: 40

    Gender: Male

    Role: Antagonist

    Key Traits: Charming, Confident, Engaging, Heartthrob, Lone Wolf, Leader, Beautiful, Narcissistic, Seductive

    Development Pitch

    Brief

    Career woman and social media addict, Mel wants to settle down and find a man. Online dating isn't
    working - after a long line of losers, she decides a social media detox is in order. By going back to
    old-fashioned ways of communicating, she reconnects with herself and finds her way to love.

    What We Liked

    This is an entertaining story about unplugging and finding love the old-school way. It's Bridget Jones
    for today's times, and has the makings of a modern rom-com. The issues the lead grapples with as a
    single woman in today's times could make for a comedic film or episodes of a television series. Her
    two best friends have their issues as well, one of whom is newly out as a lesbian, and so they would
    round out the subjects and scenarios that get played out with during the film or each episode. The
    drama of having two potential love interests and how she decides which one to follow gives the
    audience something to invest in right until the end.
    Key points: It's a story for our times; the lead character is endearing; it's set in Manchester, and not
    London, which would be typical; it's an entertaining story; there is a satisfying payoff.

    Synopsis

    Melissa, a single writer living in Manchester, is on the cusp of her 35th birthday. When she wakes up
    from another drunken, Tinder-induced one-night-stand, she decides enough is enough. She’s become
    fed up with how much social media and technology have fueled her anxieties and wishes the world
    would be a little less connected to our phones. She decides to write about it for the column she has at
    the local magazine. It goes viral, becoming a hot talking point. Melissa’s editor, Dee, gives her a
    follow-up assignment to go without technology for a month and write about it.
    Melissa embraces the challenge and goes to visit her sister, instead of Skyping her, as she usually
    would. While babysitting her sister’s kids, she finds out her mother and her mother’s neighbor had
    wanted to set up her up with the neighbor’s newly divorced son, but they’d written a list of reasons
    why the match wouldn’t actually work. Melissa is strangely intrigued by this person she is supposedly
    a terrible match for. Meanwhile, with no way of reaching her friends and family, through her usual
    means of texting and calling, Melissa starts to find new ways to communicate. When she goes to her
    local coffee shop, without her iPad or iPhone, she notices a handsome man and they end up talking.
    His name is Joseph and he invites her out on a date. Melissa is attracted to him and they stop short
    of having sex. But she finds out Dee had organized the date, as a way to spice up the article.
    As a means of apologizing, Dee sends Melissa to her house in Scotland for a week of relaxation.
    Coincidentally, this is where Scott, the aforementioned neighbor’s son, is skiing with some friends on
    holiday. Joseph, too, shows up, to try apologize for what Dee did. Joseph and Scott get into a bit of a
    fight, and Melissa tries to fix things with Scott, who she realizes she has feelings for. When she goes
    to his place to apologize, she sees a picture of his ex-wife, Emma, and it looks oddly familiar - it’s
    actually the same girl her best friend Gemma is dating. She goes to tell Scott that his wife likes
    women and is dating her friend, and he reacts by leaving her in haste. Melissa gets her phone back
    and reflects on all she’s learned and experienced without it. Scott comes to see her at work to tell her
    he and Emma talked it out they’re both okay with the situation. He wants to take Melissa out that
    night, but not before giving her an epic kiss. In the rain, of course. At the story’s epilogue, Melissa and
    Scott move to Scotland, where they are living as a happily married couple, whose friends and family
    are coming to celebrate the forthcoming arrival of their baby.

    About The Author

    Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester but now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters. The Secret to Falling in Love is her first novel, and she has written two more since, including Who Needs Men Anyway?, which became a digital bestseller in 2018.