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Avon Books June 10th 2021

Book Description

ONE CANCELLED WEDDING

When the day finally comes for Annie to marry Alexander, the last thing she expects is to be left standing at the altar. She was so sure he was Mr Right. Now, she has no idea how she could have got it so wrong.

ONE UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER

After a chance meeting with Patrick, an old friend who reminds her of who she used to be, Annie takes a vow of her own: she’ll say yes to every opportunity that comes her way from now on.

ONE SPARE TICKET FOR THE HONEYMOON

Could a spontaneous trip with Patrick be the way to mend Annie’s heart? She’s about to find out as she embarks on her honeymoon – with a man who’s not her husband…

My Thoughts

Thank you so much to Ellie at Avon books for sending me this fun book and some gorgeous goodies to enjoy it with.

This was a light and entertaining read that does exactly as expected within it’s contemporary fiction / chick lit genre. A shocking start for Annie as she is literally left at the altar as her husband to be ducks out by notifying the wedding plan that, ‘he can’t do it’. Devastated Annie does pick herself up and meets old friend Patrick at bootcamp as she struggles to mend her broken heart. With a ‘carpe diem’ mentality, Patrick is the perfect companion for Annie who with a critical mother, struggles to put herself first and grab opportunities as they come.

One of Avon’s big summer releases, this book is a perfect beach read. An epic ‘non -honeymoon’ in Australia, Annie and Patrick indulge in some terrific, escapist adventures which had me dreaming of travels afar. The scenery and the luxury were tangible and an aspect of this book that I loved. It came as no surprise that Annie and Patrick’s new found friendship had some undercurrents and their stories were sweet as they both embarked on their own healing while considering their futures.

Annie had a stong girl squad which I liked, offering her love, support and advice in that wonderful way women for women do. The difficult mother / daughter relationship, so common in real life was well explored although the healing was perhaps a tad easy here.

This was an entertaining piece of fiction, at times a tad far fetched – a requirement to drive the story and easily overlooked in this light read. A warm cast of characters with some strong messages about taking chances, living for one self and literally ‘seizing the day’. Patrick particulary was an endearing character who anyone could learn from with his happy, go lucky attitude.

By the author of Our Stop (read my review here), this is a pleasing read to be enjoyed by fans of this genre, whilst sunning on the beach – a suggestion not a requisite!

About the Author

Laura Jane Williams was born in 1986 in Derbyshire, England. Her 2019 debut novel Our Stop was an international hit, and is currently being adapted for screen. Her non – fiction includes Becoming, Ice Cream for Breakfast and The Life Diet, and she has contributed essays and articles to the Telegraph, the Guardian, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Grazia, Red and more, as well as to a collection by Stylist, Life Lessons from Remarkable Women.

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