E L James’ third installment of the Fifty Shades trilogy has lost out the top spot on the Kindle best-selling ebook chart to a sweet literary romance about a group of dog walkers.
‘Monday To Friday Man’ is the fourth novel and seventh book from Hammersmith-based dog lover Alice Peterson, 38, a former professional tennis player who turned to writing after her promising athletic career was prematurely curtailed at the age of 18, when she was left wheelchair-bound by rheumatoid arthritis.
Her new book was inspired by the close friends she has made on her daily walks with her Lucas Terrier Mr Darcy (named after Jane Austen’s character in Pride And Prejudice) in Ravenscourt Park.
Having sold 500,000 copies since its release on July 21, the book has now been in the top 100 of the Amazon Kindle book list for 89 days, the Daily Mail reported.
It has held pole position on the ebooks list for two weeks, relegating Ealing-based James’ ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ to second place.
Meanwhile, the first two installments in James’ bonkbuster trio are currently fourth and fifth on Kindle’s best-seller list.
Peterson’s charming, gentle (and S and M-free) novel is a world away from Christian Grey and his Red Room of Pain.
Instead, this author draws on the world of dog-walking, telling the tale of Gilly Brown, a 34-year-old bride who is jilted just two weeks before her wedding.
With just her little dog Ruskin for company, she decides to take a Monday to Friday lodger.
Peterson is selling her book for 20 pence on Kindle, compared to 3.47 pounds for ‘Fifty Shades Free.’
Speaking to the Evening Standard about her novel Peterson said: “It’s a lovely story and not really heavy weather. I really enjoyed Fifty Shades but it’s pure fantasy.
“I would imagine that most people who read it have lives far removed from it, so there is still room for a reality book, a romance, like mine,” she added.