Taras clutched her hand and planted kisses all over it. 'Katya, I'll do anything. Anything at all, if you'll just give me another chance.' But can the hapless Taras win Katya's stubborn Russian heart as their love story plays out against the best and worst London can offer? And exactly what is going on between Mami, Taras's wildly eccentric Balkan mother, and the dapper Mr Banerjee? Meanwhile, over at the offices of the atrociously named IBS, the Yanks are threatening to take over; and soon Taras discovers he might just be the only one who actually gives a damn.
All in all, it's a lot to ask of a lovable accident-prone klutz, who'd really much prefer to daydream about the gorgeous but resistant Katya . . .
Penny Rudge is doing a three year PhD in Creative Writing with Andrew Motion at Royal Holloway.