The brand-new novel from The Sunday Times bestselling author, Miranda Dickinson.
‘We’ll meet again at St Pancras station, a year from today. If we’re meant to be together, we’ll both be there. If we’re not, it was never meant to be . . .’
Phoebe and Sam meet by chance at St Pancras station. Heading in opposite directions, both seeking their own adventures, meeting the love of their lives wasn’t part of the plan. So they make a promise: to meet again in the same place in twelve months’ time if they still want to be together.
But is life ever as simple as that?
The storyline of this novel drew me in. It reminded me of movies I watched growing up. Phoebe and Sam meet serendipitously, fall in love and decide to reunite in a year’s time if they still feel the same way about one another.
Miranda Dickinson introduces characters with such wonderful desciption. Sam and Phoebe’s friends held my interest, including Kate and Donal and their family, along with the band members.
In saying this, I struggled to connect with Phoebe and Sam. I love a good romance, however felt that their first meeting was lacking details and felt forced. As the characters travel along they seem to think of oneanother constantly throughout the year. The contact between them is almost like a long distance relationship. I became frustrated, rather than excited at the characters’ reunion. Their time apart was slow going.
For a couple in their early thirties, they seemed to be completing what we consider a gap year, a one year break to travel and reconnect with their roots. Phoebe takes money from her parents to travel and they seem to be disconnected from their families back home. For me, they both appeared lacking direction at such a time in their lives when I would hope for them that they had some idea of what they hoped for in their lives.
I enjoyed Phoebe’s adventures and her restoration of the library. Miranda Dickinson creates a lovely connection between Phoebe and her new friend, Giana. Giana inspires Phoebe to paint messages on pebbles to share positivity with those who find them, along with being an outlet for their own emotions. This is the most memorable part in the novel for me and the flow on effect in the novel is lovely.
Although this novel was not what I expected, I hope that others connect with Phoebe and Sam more than I did. The idea of love at first meeting is beautiful. The more love in the world, the better.
Thank you Harlequin Australia for providing me with a proof copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.