Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.
I really hoped I would love this book. The promise of this book was a sweet, fluffy romance which would make me forget I ever watched Red Eye (that’s about as scary as it gets for me in terms of movies). Unfortunately, I think Red Eye may have been just a tad more compelling, I mean at least I wanted to keep watching, if only to see what the psycho would do next. I really had to make myself read this book, but I’m not sure why, I mean it’s not like I wasn’t enjoying it. I guess what I’m trying to say is I’m quite confused about my feelings for this book, hence the rating. I’m going to talk about the things I didn’t like about the book first, that way we can end on a positive note. So, here goes:
I think one of the main issues was that I never really connected with the characters, particularly Hadley. I just didn’t really have that connection with her, which kind of meant at points throughout the story I found myself asking ‘why do I even care?’.The ending felt a little rushed and a bit too ‘Disney’. I can take some happily ever after, but this just felt too convenient. Not the romance so much as the family issues. And that’s really all I can say without adding spoilers. It took me a while to adjust to the third person present narration, but it kind of grew on me. The flashbacks. I am a fan of flashbacks in books and movies in general…if they are done well. Unfortunately I felt in this book that the anchors weren’t there. I would be reading and all of a sudden I would realise I was in a flashback…and had been for a while. I think they just needed to be anchored a little better and made a little clearer for the reader. I was a bit disappointed that the love story didn’t stay on the plane a little longer, it was just something I assumed would take up more than half the book. It really was a cute and fluffy story, but for me it just wasn’t as cute and fluffy as other books I have read lately. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this book. Especially the last half, when I had a chance to read more than a chapter at a time.