Published By: Penguin
Date Released: 18/10/2018
A love story about what happens after you meet, or rather, don’t meet the one.
Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.
Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and café in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead, they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.
What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered.
I’m not one for love stories or “happily ever after” books generally. I suppose that’s the pessimist in me, always out for a book that will show the world is a depressing, scary place, and my anxiety is well placed. But this is the complete opposite, and I’m so glad I chose to read it as I LOVED it!
I too have fallen in love with a friend who turned out to have a girlfriend, and I found it hurt me so much when I saw him that I actively tried to avoid him, whilst secretly hoping he harboured a love for me. It’s a horrible and selfish thing to feel, and yet we all have.
But Laurie and Jack’s warming story makes you finally believe that love can conquer all, and falling in love isn’t a bad thing. Yes, it might be unrequired, and yes it might be painful, but it’s one of the most glorious things that can happen.
So, keep falling in love.
And more important, fall in love with this book.