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Friday, June 14, 2019

Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams

Our Stop

Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published June 13th 2019 by Avon

Goodreads synopsis:
Laura Jane Williams combines sharp, relatable wit and bold, joyful sincerity’ Dolly Alderton
‘The love story you need in your suitcase this summer!’ Red
‘LJ’s honesty and voice are unique’ Stylist
What if you almost missed the love of your life?
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.


2.5 Stars

I wanted to like this book. It had all the bones to be a good one. I liked the whole concept of seeing someone on the train everyday, not knowing them yet wanting to meet them. If you have ever ridden a train like the MetroLink in St. Louis or the L (stands for elevated) in Chicago you know how charging it can be to connect eyes with a stranger on the train and wonder “what if.”

This was a hard book to get through and I had to do a lot of skimming to do it. Daniel had put an advert in the Missed Connections section of the newspaper and Nadia thought it might be for her. But somehow time after time she didn’t make it to the train at the right time in order to meet him. Fate seemed to be trying to throw them together but they screwed it up each time.

It is hard to have a good romantic comedy if the two main characters never meet each other. This build up took too long. I lost interest quite early when it seemed like the two would never meet. I felt like it was a waste of my time and I wasn’t sure their actual meeting would be enough to save this book for me.

This book was just okay for me. Pick it up if rom-coms are your jam but otherwise I would give it a pass. 2.5 is actually an average rating out of a 5. Middle of the road good. It had the potential to be great but I think it deserved more.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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