Okay, so here’s the problem; the main character Richard has a girlfriend called Joey that he is in love with blah blah blah, but his jealous best friend splits the two of them up, she leaves and he cannot find her. (It turns out that her family was evicted from their home and moved to Scotland, she in her rage at him did not tell him and does not want to be found by him). When it becomes apparent to him that he is not going to find her, he goes to France to join his own family where his father is starting a new business. Twelve years pass, he is still in France living with a woman he does not love, he is still in love with Joey. One day he happens to see in a gossip magazine a photograph of a woman who to all intents and purposes appears to be Joey, although after digging into the matter it turns out it’s a quasi-famous artist who bears a resemblance to Joey and has a similar name. However he decides he wants to find out what became of Joey. At the same time he develops a slight obsession over the artist and follows her progress through the media. Here’s where the problem is. I want him to meet up with the artist lady but I’m not sure how. By the end of the book they end up living together, so he can’t be a stalker because if he was she wouldn’t entertain even the idea of speaking to him. But it would be just too much of a coincidence if he’s sat in a café/bar/restaurant in London and she just happens to walk on in. Similarly I’m not sure how he finds Joey (because he does sort of find her- he speaks to her mother but Joey doesn’t live in the country any more). I thought maybe a private detective, but wouldn’t they be able to just tell him that she’s not in the country and so he wouldn’t have a reason to visit her mother, and that’s a scene that is important to the book. Then I thought maybe he could contact the people who now live in the house that she was evicted from but this might be a bit unlikely because would people readily give up information, even if they had it, to complete strangers, and couldn’t you say, well, why didn’t he do that 12 years earlier? I don’t know if I’ve explained that well enough but I didn’t want to give too much of the plot away but if you have any suggestions they would be very much appreciated.