Wrote with his wife, Wendy Brennan under the pseudonym ‘Emma Darcy’. As a team, they wrote more than 45 romance novels.
THE SYNOPSIS The Fruitcake Special is an amusing story about Anna, a scientist, who creates a perfume that has an extraordinary effect on men. Her boss, David Amos, is instantly smitten with her the minute he smells the perfume on Anna. Chaos ensues when Anna and David dine together as Anna also becomes the object of the waiter’s affection. Anna asks her Aunt Mimi for more information about the fruitcake before coming to a dead end. Guided by his jealous girlfriend Sabina, David offers a money-based apology to Anna, who decides to leave for a rival company. Anna’s love life develops together with her career as she is wooed by Armstrong, her local pizza delivery man, who is now a pizza owner.
THEMES * Physical appearance versus true love *importance of integrity and self-respect
Be realistic in our expectations
Always look beyond physical appearances .
MORAL VALUES * rationality and moral courage * diligence and perseverance
CHARACTER S THE FRUITCAKE SPECIAL SETTING THEME S MORAL VALUES Inner beauty vs outer beauty True love can do wonders Determination Honesty Courage Acceptance Rationality Lesson Learnt Try out new ways and experiment Maintain dignity when being insulted New does not mean better Some secrets are better left buried. Nobody is perfect. ANNA DAVID AMOS AUNT MIMI MOMMA ARMSTRONG SABINA THE WAITER Aunt Mimi’s apartment Anna’s home Amos Cosmetics factory The French Restaurant
1. Anna experiments by adding a slice of fruitcake to a mix of flowers to create a new perfume . 5. Armstrong, the owner of ‘Armstrong’s Peachy Pizzas’, presents Anna with flowers and pizza and tells her that he had fallen in love with her from the very first time he delivered pizza to her. 4. Anna visits Aunt Mimi and discovers that the fruitcake was brought from an old lady who had put in a special ingredient. Unfortunately the woman is now dead and so is the secret. 1.EXPOSITION 2. Mr Amos is attracted to Anna who is using the perfume and invites her to dinner 2. RISING ACTION 3. The Fruitcake Special attracts both Mr Amos and the waiter. A fight breaks out between David, Sabina and the waiter. 3.CLIMAX 4. FALLING ACTION RESOLUTION THE PLOT
Anna David Amos Aunt Mimi Sabina Waiter Momma THE CHARACTERS Armstrong
ANNA CURIOUS INTELLIGENT OBSERVANT PRACTICAL INNOVATIVE INTEGRITY SENSIBLE DETERMINED
Characteristics Evidence from text Practical * thinks her new invention smells nice but nothing more (p.32) * uses the same handbag she does for work on her date with David (p.38) Sensible
Knows she is an ordinary-looking girl and is not actually David’s type (p.34)
Reminds the waiter to serve the lobster instead of being silly (p.43)
Realizes the effect of the perfume on the waiter and ensures she does not walk by other men (p.44)
Tries to concoct new perfumes (p.31)
Realizes that the fruitcake perfume had an effect on her boss (p.41)
Armstrong accepts Anna for who she is. He also able to accept his own weaknesses and work to improve on them until he becomes successful.
Anna accepts the fact to let the secret of the fruitcake special “lie buried” with the old woman who has died. She never pursues the matter although she was persistent in finding out the truth about it .