Book Review: The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

What’s it about?

When lovelorn Annie McDee stumbles across a dirty painting in a junk shop while looking for a present for an unsuitable man, she has no idea what she has discovered. Soon she finds herself drawn unwillingly into the tumultuous London art world, populated by exiled Russian oligarchs, avaricious Sheikas, desperate auctioneers and unscrupulous dealers, all scheming to get their hands on her painting – a lost eighteenth-century masterpiece called ‘The Improbability of Love’. Delving into the painting’s past, Annie will uncover not just an illustrious list of former owners, but some of the darkest secrets of European history – and in doing so she might just learn to open up to the possibility of falling in love again.

My thoughts

This book had been sat around on my book shelf since last October when I purchased it from a second hand book shop during the BAMB campaign.  It had been recommended by a fellow blogger who’s views usually match my own.

Overall there wasn’t anything I really disliked about the book.  I thought it was an original read which was interesting as well as entertaining which just oozed money.  Although I would probably have enjoyed it more had there been less of the pretentious unnecessary words that I had to look up and also the fact that although I liked the ending I would have preferred a different outcome.

I enjoyed this book because I liked all the arty stuff and historical interpretations and particularly loved the chapters from the painting’s point of view – funny and intelligent with a sense of its own importance, this could have made a book all on its own!  I liked that Annie didn’t have the perfect lifestyle and her blossoming relationship with Jesse wasn’t of the typical cliché romance.  4* from me!

Book links: Goodreads | Waterstones | Amazon

Author links: Twitter | Website

Small print for info
Source: purchased
No of pages: 496
Publisher: Bloomsbury


  1. 13th June 2017 / 10:13 am

    I’m not a big fan of art. I’d say I was never sensible to it, and that’s a shame, but it bores me to death, haha! This plus ” pretentious unnecessary words’ and I know this book won’t get into my cart! Great review! I enjoyed reading about your thoughts and feelings on it 🙂

    • 13th June 2017 / 9:39 pm

      I didn’t think I was really interested in art either but this book really appealed and I really enjoyed it 🙂

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