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The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper @toodletinkbaby @TessHenderson1 @EburyPublishing #TheDayWeMet #RoxieCooper #PublicationDay

img_8637Ebury Books 7th March 2019

Book Description

Stephanie doesn’t believe in fate, true love or living happily ever after.  She’s content enough being engaged to Matt but then she meets Jamie, who understands her more than anyone else ever has.

Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Helen and believes in everything Stephanie doesn’t.  So why does he have such a strong connection with Stephanie?

When Stephanie and Jamie meet one fateful weekend in 2006, it sparks a tumultuous relationship which spans over a decade.

The day they meet changes everything…

My Thoughts

Happy Publication day to Roxie Cooper on the publication of her novel The Day We Met.

Engaging writing from the start made this an easy book to pick up and get lost in!  This is one epic love story, a classic case of the wrong time for Jamie and Stephanie who are both committed to others when they meet, despite a strong connection, they stay loyal to their chosen paths and commit to stay friends.

In some ways a lovely story, in others oh so tragic and deeply frustrating.  Does fate throw people together, must we grasp these moments, recognise those connections at the expense of all else?  Or is life more measured, something we work at to live our own best life, with fate very much placed in our own hands?

Spanning 13 years this is the story of Stephanie and Jamie who meet in 2006, their story is told through the medium of annual meetups reminiscent in style to One Day by David Nicholls.  Interspersed with chapters from the viewpoint of Stephanie or Jamie we gain insight into their lives individually as their relationships and careers progress.  Told in the first person narrative from the perspective of either Jamie or Stephanie the reader has an appreciation of the inner thoughts of the two main protagonists.

I do enjoy contemporary romance and this was no exception, on the surface this was an incredibly romantic albeit bittersweet love story, although I must confess my cynical self questioned whether any relationship would survive on little more than an annual meet, when life takes over.  I enjoyed the storyline and the development of the characters, I found the two main characters likeable, although the same can’t be said for some of the periphery characters.  The story was one of true romance and Stephanie and Jamie bought out the best in each other – together they were their best selves and I think this served to influence my perception of them both.

Without giving away spoilers ( I hope), I didn’t like the ending but to be fair it strengthened the book and worked well – by didn’t like, I guess I wanted it to be different.  Intrigued… well you’ll have to read the book!  Which overall I enjoyed a lot and as I mentioned at the beginning, I immersed myself into over a couple of days.  Light, engaging and entertaining, may challenge some of the more cynical among us, but put that aside and for a moment believe in fate and the notion of ‘the one’ and you’ll love this book!

Added bonus pointes also for the stellar Spotify playlist which accompanies this story, I’m struggling to get Paul Weller’s You Do Something to Me out of my head, but what a great song to be stuck with!

Thank you so much to Tess at Ebury Books for sending me a review copy of this lovely book.

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