A chance acquaintance by Charles Chadwick

chance_acquaintanceOdd couple gets together and then part ways again.

In a nutshell:

Short synopsis:

Ugly Elsie meets a man on the bus who will soon give her life a different direction for a while.

Language I read the book in: German (Eine zufällige Begegnung)

Did I like it? Yes.

For people who: like quiet stories, interesting and unusual characters.


My thoughts: 

I got this book because the title caught my interest. I had no idea what to expect, Charles Chadwick was an unknown name to me and I just started reading.

The story is told from various points of views and at first I found it a bit difficult to get into it. After a while, however, I just could not stop. It was obvious that the acquaintance would not turn into romance but rather into a friendship and until now I still can not figure out where the line was.

Elsie’s disfigurement makes it impossible to awake any romantic feelings in Stan, even though he wishes this was different. On the other hand Elsie has feelings for Stan, but knows they will never lead to anything. I liked her attitude towards herself. She never indulged in self-pity and just took things as they were without making a fuss about them.

All characters were well developed and believable. Elsie’s brother and uncle I found absolutely insufferable. How his sister’s looks can play such a big part that he even lies for years to his children (or rather lets them believe something which was not true) is incomprehensible. Her uncle Geoffrey is such an ass, but you find people like him all over the place. His character was so realistic it was frightening. Pretending to be generous, but then never living up to his own words with some“excuse” or other. I thoroughly disliked him.

The only complaint I have is that the relationship between Elsie and Stan came about a little too quickly. On the other hand, maybe people like them have to make snap decisions in order to grab what is being offered. I don’t know. Maybe we all should be a bit more like that.

This is a quiet and quick read that, in spite of it being so unspectacular, will stay with you for a long time.

Location: Mostly Dorset, UK

Dorset CottageDurdle Door, Dorset

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Product info and buy link :

Title A chance acquaintance
Author Charles Chadwick
Publisher Short Books Ltd.
ISBN 9781906021405
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    • It was very good, but I agree, you have to be in the mood for it. I had it for ages until two days ago it caught my eye and I read it in more or less one go.


  1. I would like to know if Elsie and Stan get together in the end….
    Would any one please tell me? 🙂

    I want them to be together. But it will be sad and depressing for me if they do not get together… 🙁


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