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ARC Review:  The Start of Something by Miranda Dickensen

Synopsis:

Two lonely people.
One note in the window.
And what happens when they reach out…

Lachlan Wallace is stuck at home after a car accident stalled his army career. With months of physiotherapy still to endure and only his rescue dog and cat for company, he’s taken to gazing out of the window, watching the world spin on without him. And then he notices a vase of flowers on the windowsill of the apartment opposite his. Drawn to their hope and colour, he decides to reach out and sticks a message in his window…

Bethan Gwynne is a stranger in a new town. Bringing up her son Noah by herself, she is slowly rebuilding her life, but loneliness is one obstacle she has yet to overcome. She’s intrigued by a glimpse of her neighbour in the apartment across from hers – and then, one evening, she sees a message in his window just for her:

WHAT ARE THOSE FLOWERS CALLED?

And so begins a love story of two people reaching out, daring to trust a stranger…

Review:

The Start of Something is a really endearing story of two lonely people who live opposite each other and who begin to connect by leaving window messages for each other.  Bethan is a single mum who has a little boy called Noah.  Lachlan is a soldier badly injured in a car accident and is desperately trying to come to terms with his limited mobility.  Both of them are going through a tough time and trying to come to terms with their past.  

I enjoyed the whole set up of the story, it’s a great idea and a lovely premise.  I couldn’t wait to turn the pages and see what was written on the next window message.  At one point I did question why they hadn’t exchanged phone numbers or email addresses, but I went with the flow and concluded this is an incredibly romantic and endearing method of communication because most of the population resort to the latter these days. The romance is very sweet and gentle, there’s not a huge amount of chemistry apparent between Bethan and Lachlan but you definitely get the feeling that they care for one another (although I did feel their declaration of love for one another was a little premature).  

Bethan is a very likeable character, but I’m undecided about Lachlan.  His characterisation felt weak and suppressed, he made some immature decisions for a mature adult in his thirties, which was disappointing as I had been hoping for a much stronger representation from him.  They both have their secrets which eventually causes a huge misunderstanding and this becomes quite exasperating as it takes some time for the pieces to fit back into place again.  The side characters are uplifting and likeable and there are some funny and endearing moments.  Bethan’s childminder is extremely supportive and Bethan has also forged some wonderful friendships in the garden centre where she works. 

It needed more passion and chemistry between the main protagonists to hit the 4* mark, however The Start of Something is enjoyable and entertaining and a really lovely premise for a romance novel. 

Publisher:  HQ
Publication Date (UK):  3 February 2022
Format:  eARC 
Page Count:  416
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Happy reading!

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