What if you fell in love…… and then he disappeared?
When Noelle and Sam’s lives collide one snowy evening, they spend eight perfect hours stuck side by side believing that they’ll never see each other again.
But soon their lives become entangled in ways they never expected – and it’s going to change everything…
Noelle Butterby finds herself stranded on a motorway during a heavy snowstorm, traffic is at a standstill. She feels lonely, emotional and panicky and to top it all there is no heating in her car and her phone needs charging. A man taps on her window after noticing her distress and offers to charge her phone. Deciding he’s not a ‘serial killer’ she agrees and stays in the warmth of his car while her phone charges. Eight hours later they each go their separate ways expecting never to see each other again. This opening scene is brilliant, the author portrayed the atmosphere, tension and slight awkwardness of these two strangers perfectly.
Eight Perfect Hours is the first novel I have read by this author and as such I was able to look at it with open eyes. I loved it from the very first chapter and devoured it in only a few days. It is essentially a romance book, but there so much more going on. There are a lot of separate side stories and it is through these stories that the side characters had their own spotlight and some serious topics are addressed; postnatal depression, anxiety, grief and depression. All handled with the utmost care by the author. The main storyline is brilliant, the way it builds up, the pieces start to come together and everything falls into place at the end. The author has very cleverly connected all the people and events. Daisy’s death and the backstory added emotional depth to the storyline and added an element of mystery. Amazingly Daisy is an essential part of the story even though she is not there.
The characters are quirky and interesting. Noel is a relatable and endearing character, she has such a sweet and caring nature and has put herself before others to the detriment of her career. She has a lot on her plate caring for her mother and is pulled into other issues with her friends and my heart went out to her.
It was wonderful seeing Sam’s and Noelle’s love story unfold and all the revelations uncovered along the way. The slow blossoming romance was lovely and I loved the fact that through a series of coincidences they constantly found their lives entwining.
I enjoyed the slightly prolonged ending and the fact the book didn’t end as soon as everything was wrapped up. Eight Perfect Hours will tug at your heartstrings, suck you into the storyline and keep you reading all night. A beautiful and heartwarming story that every romance lover needs to read. I’ll definitely be reaching for Dear Emie Blue next!
Publication Date (UK): 19 August
Page Count: 320
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance
Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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