Friday, 11 October 2019

Book Review: Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams #BRPreview

Our Stop
Laura Jane Williams

What if you almost missed the love of your life?

Publisher: Harper Collins
Imprint: Avon
Publication date: 16th December 2019 ANZ
Genre: Romance/ Contemporary (RomCom)
Pages: 368
Format read: B-Format uncorrected paperback
Source: Courtesy of the publisher via Better Reading

Nadia gets the 7.30 train every morning without fail. Well, except if she oversleeps or wakes up at her friend Emma’s after too much wine.
Daniel really does get the 7.30 train every morning, which is easy because he hasn’t been able to sleep properly since his dad died.
One morning, Nadia’s eye catches sight of a post in the daily paper:

To the cute girl with the coffee stains on her dress. I’m the guy who’s always standing near the doors… Drink sometime?

So begins a not-quite-romance of near-misses, true love, and the power of the written word.

I really enjoyed this light and witty RomCom.

Twenty-nine year old Nadia has had a few hard relationships and is disillusioned with love. Will she ever find her perfect guy? Her life was a bit of a muddle but she had a new plan and she will become a beacon of organisation and the rest will fall in place.
On the first day of her new plan she sees an advert in the ‘Love Connections’ column in the paper talking about “the cute blonde girl on the 7:30 train.” Could this be her?

Daniel is a romantic at heart but he lacks confidence. Vowing not to remain the underdog he places an advert on the ‘Love Connections’ column hoping to get the attention of the cute blonde girl on his morning train.

It was fun to read their ads back and forward and see them have a few near misses as their paths crossed and almost crossed several times.

An important part of the story is friendship and looking out for each other. Nadia has her best friends Emma and Gaby who give support and encouragement but even best friends sometimes have minor fall-outs.

Williams covers issues like gaslighting, consent and toxic relationships without sounding too preachy. Lots of laugh out loud moments, as both Nadia and Daniel traverse the minefield that is dating, kept me invested and lightened the tone of the sometimes heavy topics.

If you enjoyed The Book Ninja by Ali Berg & Michelle Kalus you will love Our Stop.


My rating   4.5/5

Laura Jane Williams is a writer from Derbyshire, England. Her work has been translated into ten languages in over 15 countries - and counting. She is 33.

Laura’s first book, memoir BECOMING, was an instant cult hit exploring her twenty-something heartbreak and finding peace with imperfection. This was followed by ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST, based on her thirty-something experience of overcoming millennial burnout through embracing her playful inner child. Her third book is OUR STOP, a novel about almost missing the love of your life, that Laura claims made her see love through a new, more hopeful paradigm.
She has just finished writing book four, non-fiction audiobook The Life Diet, and is about to start in on number five – a romp of a story that she lovingly thinks of as ‘Mamma Mia meets Kitchen Confidential’.

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1 comment:

  1. Awwwww, this one sounds like delightful fun - just what I'm in the mood for right now! Thank you for sharing!!