Penguin Random House 2018 –
Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist. Life isn’t a scene from the movies is it? But then one day, through a misted up busy window she sees him. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic… and then her bus drives away.
Laurie thinks she’ll never see the boy from the bus again. But at a party a year later, her best friend Sarah introduces her to the new love of her life. Who is, of course the boy from the bus.
Determined to let him go, Laurie gets on with her life
But what if fate has other plans?
‘The novelistic equivalent to Love, Actually’ The Bookseller
While I don’t disagree with the above comment, for me this book was sitting somewhere between Love, Actually and the book, One Day. In other words undoubtedly fabulous and wonderfully romantic and frankly a must read.
So, yes I loved this book. Spanning 10 years in the life of Laurie from when she spots the boy from the bus, a boy she later comes to know as Jack, her best friend’s boyfriend. Told in the first person from the points of view of both Laurie and Jack, putting the reader in the unique position of knowing both characters inner thoughts as the story progresses. The story is told chronologically over time, although it is worth paying attention to the dates as sometimes the story moves forward in days at other times several months, depending on events being told. Also occasionally I got confused about whose perspective I was reading and had to check, not sure why, I think perhaps the writing wasn’t markedly different but it didn’t need to be
This is the story of 3 lovely characters, Laurie, her best friend Sarah and Jack – the man loved by both women in this tragic triangle, as they move through young adulthood, progressing in their careers and their lives. It’s not all plain sailing for any of the characters and I liked the fact that they are hit by life’s hard knocks, the same as us all. I liked their flaws and while this book felt escapist it wasn’t too idealistic. Just lovely! It is beautifully told and at over 400 pages enough time is taken to really build up these characters and certainly in my experience allow the reader to really grow to love them. It is a story about timing, or the wrong timing and missed chances and it taps in to everything we dream of about ‘the one’ and ‘love at first sight’.
Pure unadulterated romance that is simply waiting to be made into a wonderful film, one of my favourite reads of this year because I enjoyed the entire reading experience, the characters were terrific and as any romantic read should, it made me cry at the end!
With thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy for review.