Nell Mason is extremely happy with her life – or at least, that’s what she tells herself. She’s lucky to have a high-powered job as a lawyer, even if it does come with an eccentric set of billionaire divorce clients. And she’s absolutely fine living with her sweet, if slightly dull, boyfriend Gus in their London flat where they have very sensible sex once (OK, sometimes twice) a week. She’s definitely not stuck in a rut.
But when Nell bumps into childhood friend and first love Arthur Drummond who broke her heart fifteen years ago, she’s more than a little shaken. The seemingly perfect life she’s worked so hard for starts to feel, well, less perfect. Maybe Nell’s been kidding herself all these years. Can she ever get over her first love?
Did You Miss Me? is an entertaining and compelling romance full of humour and wonderful characters. It is well written with a solid storyline and grabs your attention from the onset. Nell is a divorce lawyer and lives with her lawyer boyfriend of 11 years and they have fallen into a monotonous and predictable routine. Nell returns home to Northumberland to attend the funeral of Lord Drummond, the father of a boy she had a schoolgirl crush on. Her old feelings for Art begin to surface and the mystery surrounding what happened between them is intriguing and entices the reader to keep turning the pages.
There is a fabulous mix of characters of differing age groups. Nell is a great character, I enjoy a strong female lead and she is no exception. She’s ambitious, successful and has worked exceptionally hard to get where she is. Her ultimate goal is to become partner in the prestigious law firm she works for. I loved her humour and her thought processes are very ‘Bridget Jones’, particularly in the way she recounts some of the banal bedroom scenes. Her boyfriend, Gus, does not believe in marriage and has coerced her into the idea that marriage is not important and she goes along with it for the time being. She becomes obsessed with bridal magazines and it’s hilarious the way she furtively buys them hoping no one will see her. She has created quite a stockpile hidden in the spare bedroom which she peruses at every opportunity. I really wasn’t a huge fan of Gus, simply because he comes across as controlling and selfish and it is clear from the start he is not right for Nell. Although his pretentiousness is really amusing, with his love of fine wines and a special corkscrew that aerated the wine. My mouth was watering with his fancy cooking exploits and, although Nell might prefer pizza, I would definitely rather sample what Gus is cooking up!
This is the perfect summer read with a lovely balance of humour and romance which kept me thoroughly entertained. A quick and fun read that every romcom fan needs to pick up.
Publication Date (UK): 19 August 2021
Page Count: 416
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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