April 2016 Book of the Month.
An expressive, moving novel with the ability to reach out, connect with and yet bruise hearts. Frankie and Scott, both in their forties, both with children, meet and fall in love at first sight (well, perhaps second), their positivity obliterates the distance between Norfolk and the west coast of Canada as their romance blossoms. If you've read and adored the author’s earliest novels you'll expect the lightness of touch, but perhaps not the intensely hard hitting depth of emotion contained within this beautifully readable book. This change in direction opens the door to a whole new audience, yet the unmistakable sweet spicy tone will be recognised by existing fans. Freya North has a wonderfully distinctive writing style, she has a real gift for bringing thoughts and emotions to life, so that they feel real, feel known and understood. Descriptions of the ordinary somehow become special moments, while the complex and complicated are so simply yet vividly expressed. This is a gorgeously eloquent and touching novel, it is also a celebration of the wonderful glory of love and life. ~ Liz Robinson
One of our Books of the Year 2015.
There are moments in life that define us. What matters is how we choose to carry on. Life is short. Sometimes you have to take a chance...Two single parents, Frankie and Scott, meet unexpectedly. Their homes are far apart: Frankie lives with her children on the North Norfolk coast, Scott in the mountains of British Columbia. Yet though thousands of miles divide them, a million little things connect them. A spark ignites, a recognition so strong that it dares them to take a risk. For two families, life is about to change. But no-one could have anticipated how.
Closing date: 04/07/2018
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
'A moving and poignant novel...will draw you in so deeply
'A stunning read about an impromptu meeting that alters two destinies'
'From the initial spark and through the unfolding drama, it is joyous but understated...the great cruelties that life harbours are not forgotten...full of warmth.'
'A deeply moving tale about never taking life for granted'
'An emotional tale about finding love in unexpected places'
'Thoughtful and moving...a story you won't want to put down'
'A richly drawn weepy'
'Keep the tissue close...A gripping love story'
Publication date: 24/03/2016
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/06/2015
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||24th March 2016|
|Publisher:||Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Freya North was our Guest Editor in June 2014 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing. Freya North was born in London but lives in rural Hertfordshire with her family and other animals, where she writes from a stable in her back garden. A passionate reader since childhood, Freya was originally inspired by Mary Wesley, Rose Tremain and Barbara Trapido – fiction with strong female leads and original, sometimes eccentric, characters. In 2012 she set up, and now runs, the Hertford Children’s Book Festival. She is also a judge for the CPRE Rural Living Awards, ...More About Freya North