Publication date: eBook 23/08/18, paperback 18/10/18
Genre(s): Fiction – Contemporary Romance
Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist. After all, life isn’t a scene from the movies, is it? But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man she knows instantly is the one. 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 their Christmas 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?
* * * THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS * * *
The first thing I have to say is that I DEVOURED this book. I read it in a day — I honestly couldn’t put it down. It’s such a charming, easy read. Given the plot — protagonist is in love with her best friend’s boyfriend — and time of year when a lot of the key events are set — Christmas — comparisons with Love Actually are inevitable. This book definitely has that same cosy, feel-good vibe. Some lines made me chuckle out loud — but there are also some troubles and tragedies along the way.
I liked that the book spanned across ten years — I felt that getting to see the characters’ history and watching them grow up and progress in their careers and relationships helped me to bond with them. And it certainly helped create a sense of tension and frustration at all the missed opportunities for Jack and Laurie — and how time never seemed to work on their side, with one of them always being in a relationship, meaning they couldn’t be together or give proper voice to their feelings.
The ending (Laurie declaring her feelings for Jack over the radio, albeit using a false name, resulting in #FindRhonda) was really special and romantic and I’m sure would translate really well to film.
I really enjoyed this book, it’s a fantastic debut novel, and I’d thoroughly recommend it as a romantic, cosy winter read. I can’t wait to read Josie Silver’s next novel, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird, when it comes out next year.