Book Review: In Office Hours by Lucy Kellaway

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
In Office Hours is the story of Stella and Bella, two intelligent working women who each fall for impossible lovers - at work. Kellaway's keen observations on the way in which affairs move from state to state are a sort of masterclass in office love, bringing to life both the excitement of illicit romance and the ridiculousness of business behavior and language with a sharp sense of humor.

In Office Hours is intelligent, funny, moving and agonizing, but it's also so painfully recognizable to any woman who has ever worked in an office or ever been in love. Kellaway hits a real nerve with her depictions of how people come to get into the emotional messes that we do and then how very difficult it is to get out again.

My Review
In Office Hours is a moving and funny story about the two women who happen to fall in love with men they meet at work. Their affairs are at times exhilarating, at times excruciatingly painful. The absurd and hilarious in office life is not lost on Stella and Bella, the two smart and beautiful heroines of this book. The story follows each love affair as it unfolds, going back and forth between Stella to Bella in each chapter. The two women are different - one is young, single, and just starting her career while the other is middle-aged, married, and a successful executive. Their love interests are polar opposites, too - the ambitious young intern and the middle-aged manager with a wife and family at home. A lesson in what not to do in love and at work, the two love affairs are somewhat doomed from the start but that does not make the book any less intriguing.

In Office Hours will be available from Grand Central Publishing on February 7.

Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.


  1. Pricilla said...

    Someone has been a reading bee!

  2. Busy Working Mama said...

    Great review! I'm ready to curl up with a book. I MUST get out of this house. The top of our street is closed off :(

  3. Rosita said...

    Sounds like an interesting read!

    rosita dot p dot mariani at gmail dot com

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