So, I was reading some reviews a few weeks back, when I saw lots of gushing over this one, and in a weak moment I begged a copy of the lovely Sam at Headline, of what was clearly a YA novel bordering on chick-lit (I think I may have surprised her slightly with the request!) But hey, if I survived Twilight I could survive this, surely!
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Imagine if she hadn’t forgotten the book. Or if there hadn’t been traffic on the expressway. Or if she hadn’t fumbled the coins for the toll. What if she’d run just that little bit faster and caught the flight she was supposed to be on. Would it have been something else – the weather over the Atlantic or a fault with the plane?
Hadley isn’t sure if she believes in destiny or fate but, on what is potentially the worst day of each of their lives, it’s the quirks of timing and chance events that mean Hadley meets Oliver…
Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.
– Publishers Blurb
There was just something about the semi Sliding Doors concept that captured my imagination, and from what reviews I had read (the book is not released until January) I was assured both the main leads were strong and that there was more to them than just a swoon-worthy male lead. (Not something I look for )
I still suspect that the main group of fans of this book will be of the female variety, but I can confidently say that should someone of the over 50% of the population pick the book up then they’ll quite likely find themselves absorbed in the lives of Hadley and Oliver.
This was a fun, light, one-sitting read, and our two leads are wonderful characters, and even though the main story is set over 24 hours, we get to see some of the pasts (directly and hinted at) which adds some nice depth to them. The book is narrated by Hadley, so naturally we get to see more of her journey that Oliver’s, and it was nice to see Jennifer E Smith give her more to come to terms with than just falling in love.
They’re both clearly great kids, and it made it very easy to want them to work it out.
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