All anyone wants is to make a connection…
Nadia gets the 07.30 train every morning without fail. Well, except if she oversleeps or wakes up at her friend Emma’s after too much wine…
Daniel really does get the 07.30 train every morning, which is easy because he hasn’t been able to sleep properly since his Dad died.
One morning, Nadia’s eye catches sight of a post in the daily paper.
To the cute girl with the coffee stains on her dress. I’m the guy who’s always standing near the doors… Drink sometime?
So begins a not-quite-romance of near-misses, true love, and the power of the written word.
Contemporary Fiction at it’s best. A fabulous love story, Daniel sees Nadia and is immediately drawn to her. Forgoing modern technological methods of dating he places a message in the train newspaper’s lonely hearts page and a fun communication begins. But Nadia doesn’t know who Daniel is and what he looks like. What follows is a series of missed opportunities for this potential couple drawing the reader into the romance of the story and the notions of fate and ‘the one’.
This is such a lovely story, we are all familiar with this boy meets girl tale but it never grows old, and true to form this book holds no surprises but it tells the tale well. Daniel and Nadia are both likeable characters, created I think to ensure the reader is routing for them (and I was). A strong supporting cast add to the storyline and I particularly liked Nadia’s female friends who were strong and supportive and their friendships felt very authentic.
Told in 360 pages and alternating chapters of Nadia and Daniel the reader hears the perspective of both and the story cleverly weaves their lives together although for a time the woeful pair seems destined to miss each other as fate pulls them together, but not quite. Told in the third person narrative this was an easy and engaging read that ultimately was fun and uplifting. Everything I hoped it would be and deserving of all the positive reviews.
About the Author
Laura Jane Williams was born in 1986 in Derbyshire, England. Her 2019 debut novel Our Stop was an international hit, and her next novel, The Love Square, is out in the summer 2020. Her non fiction includes Becoming, Ice Cream for Breakfast and The Love Diet. Laura has been translated into 11 languages in over 17 countries – and counting.
Thank you to Avon Books for the gifted proof copy of this book.