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ARC Review: At First Sight by Hannah Sunderland


Nell and Charlie feel a spark when they meet by chance in a cafe. But they don’t trade numbers, or surnames, so there’s no way they’ll meet again.

But the next day, Nell’s phone rings at work. Somehow, impossibly, Charlie is on the other end. And he needs her help.

Nell is about to save a life, fall in love … and risk everything for a perfect stranger


At First Sight is so much more than the usual light-hearted love story. It is tender and moving and I enjoyed the whole premise of the story enormously.  It is incredibly well written and heartbreakingly beautiful and as the story evolves it is impossible to put down. The unexpected twists and turns the storyline presented us with definitely kept me on my toes. At First Sight is a wonderfully executed book with an amazing cast of characters and has much more depth to it than I was first anticipating. The Author’s Note at the beginning of the book indicates the story deals with loss, grief, depression and suicide, however these are sensitively portrayed by the author and depicted in such a thoughtful way that it doesn’t feel overwhelming or upsetting. 

The characters are well developed and described in excellent detail, with just enough background history to give them depth and personality.  Nell is a delightful character, she is kind, funny and incredibly caring and her inner dialogue is both humorous and entertaining and I laughed out loud on more than one occasion.  Charlie is a dark brooding Irishman and although somewhat volatile, due to his past issues impacting on his current state of mind, he comes across as gentle, sensitive and caring and with a sense of fun.  I also adored Ned, the father figure, and Carrick with his quirky dress sense and his indisputable bond with Charlie.

Although from the moment they meet there is undeniably a spark between Charlie and Nell, their love story is a slow build up and this unhurried pace and exploration of their relationship is entirely necessary because of the specific issues Charlie is dealing with, requiring time to come to terms with his emotions.  It was refreshing to see a gentle romance with deeper thoughts and feelings explored without the need for a surfeit of explicit ‘bedroom’ scenes.     

A beautifully written and thought-provoking book and although some serious issues are addressed it is counter-balanced with more light-hearted and humorous elements.  The story is wonderfully crafted and I enjoyed it immensely from start to finish and with the ending perfectly encapsulated everything – I adored the ending.  I will definitely be reaching more more of this author’s work in the future. 

Publisher:  Avon Books
Publication Date (UK):  1 April 2021
Format:  eArc/eBook
Page Count:  384
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to the publisher for the advanced review copy/eARC via Netgalley.

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