Sarah found it in a library copy of Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist”. An ordinary sheet of paper from a spiral notebook.
To the Woman of my Dreams, the note began. If this book spoke to your soul, I’ve been waiting for you since forever. Please leave your reply in the library copy of a particular book. Tip: If you like Piña Coladas...
The bit about the woman of his dreams would have sounded corny, except “The Alchemist” was all about following one’s dream – the journey and the destination.
Sarah felt intrigued. What kind of a man would use a library book the way most people used online dating sites? A fellow booklover, someone who enjoyed puzzles…. Oh, and pop songs.
If you like Piña Coladas.... The tip left Sarah mystified. A book with Piña Colada in the title? Too easy. A book about cocktails? Too lame. A book about an estranged couple who ultimately realize they are meant for each another? True of a gazillion novels.
She consulted the library computer. Who sang the Piña Colada song? Google provided the name Rupert Holmes. As in Conan–Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes? But which book? No, that was a dead end. Sarah limited the search to her local library and typed in Rupert Holmes in the author field. Spot on! Only one title: “Where the Truth Lies”.
Pleased that she had deciphered the brainteaser, Sarah took out an old shopping list from her purse and wrote her own message on the reverse.
I love “The Alchemist”. Have never read “Where the Truth Lies”. I’d like to take it out, so here’s hoping you get this note soon.
She almost left it at that, before the idea of setting up her own riddle sucked her in. I spy with my little eye a book that begins with T–C–O–M. Tip: It’s a kind of magic.
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