As you may or may not know I’ve been doing the Goodreads challenge for the past couple of years, it inspires me and pushes me to read more, and after managing to read 50 books this year I decided to try to read 75 in 2018! However I didn’t start the year with a good foot and a book slump knocked me down to my knees and kept me there for a good couple of months. Nothing in my TBR seemed to spark my interest: books were bought and left without as much as a second glance.
I knew i needed something special and easy at the same time, something shiny and full of positivity and – why not – romance, just to make me curl up in my nook with a cup of tea and make me see the world as a better place once again. I needed something papery, with a gorgeous cover to attract my aesthetic eye and with an intriguing yet simple plot so to fascinate me just enough not to send me looking for spoiler ( or checking for anxiety triggers).
The perfect book hit me in the face on a cold afternoon and It couldn’t have been more perfect!
I’m a creature of habit, I will always enter on the same door if there is a choice and I will always drink the same tea / latte and so on. So when that day I followed my friend into my non usual door at Waterstone and I found myself right in front of a wall that looked like was inviting the eye right to this bright burnt orange book ( all the others were dark/gloom covers ) I stopped so abruptly that my friend had to walk back to where I was reading the synopsis with the expression of someone who has finally something to look forward to. I’m a bargain monster so I usually would scan the bar code on Goodreads and have a look for cheaper options, but I had a gift card to use and the book felt just right so three minutes later it was mine and five hours later it was finished.
S y n o p s y s
On the one hand, if Essie hadn’t written that letter – the one that only her best friend was meant to see – then she’d still be living like an actual proper grown-up, tucked up with Paul in his picture-perfect cottage, maybe even planning their wedding…
On the other hand (if her true feelings hadn’t accidentally taken the internet by storm, that is) she wouldn’t have moved into the attic flat on the square. She would never have met Conor. Or got to know Lucas…
And she wouldn’t have found herself falling in love with someone she really, really shouldn’t fall in love with…
C o n c l u s i o n s
Let’s face it, it-s a love story, an Hallmark-like feel good book but It’s also so much more! It’s a life lesson: if you follow your heart and not what looks good on paper and fight for it you will be happy. The universe have a way to adjust itself. This novel made me feel less alone, less in a rush to make things happen when they should happen normallY. Living in a big city it’s almost impossible not feeling like you are missing out, like your time is running out and you’ll end up an unsuccessful spinster sans cats if you are not pro active, this book made me feel like it’s ok to slow down because success, inspiration, love, career and so on will come and they will be the right ones, there is no reason to settle, don’t sabotage yourself, fight for what you believe in and follow your dreams or search for your dreams if you don’t have any!
On a more technical note I loved her writing, I loved the idea and even the characters, I felt right in the book and it kept me captivated and entertained. There was a point in the middle of the book that the author made a choice that – for how much justified I didn’t like bu I kept going ( and just that says a lot on how good the book was) and didn’t regret at the end.
4 / 5 ★ would read again.