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BOOK TOUR REVIEW: London, With Love by Sarra Manning


London. Nine million people. Two hundred and seventy tube stations. Every day, thousands of chance encounters, first dates, goodbyes and happy ever afters.

And for twenty years it’s been where one man and one woman can never get their timing right.

Jennifer and Nick meet as teenagers and over the next two decades, they fall in and out of love with each other. Sometimes they start kissing. Sometimes they’re just friends. Sometimes they stop speaking, but they always find their way back to each other.

But after all this time, are they destined to be together or have they finally reached the end of the line?


I absolutely devoured this book, I just loved it. It’s well written, very cleverly constructed and there’s so much attention to detail. This is a love story featuring Jennifer and Nick which spans well over 30 years, from their teens to their fifties. They are great friends, but romantically the timing is never quite right. We follow their tumultuous relationship and the ups and downs they encounter from 1986 to 2021. It’s an emotional read, heartbreakingly romantic, sexy, humorous and at times quite sad.

The references to the 1980s really took me back and it was a wonderful trip down memory lane. The clothes and music references were a reminder of the many things I’d forgotten about, including Miners makeup, bopping away to The Smiths in DMs and flowery dresses. It’s great to see this fashion has now come full circle and I now find myself wearing them again! The inclusion of some real life historical events added authenticity to the story. The references to 9/11 are quite spine chilling and incredibly authentic and I felt the terror and every emotion Jen was feeling. I connected with Jennifer (aka Jen, Jenny dependent on the decade) as a main character and she is brilliantly portrayed. Constantly trying to reinvent herself as a young woman, her clothes and hairstyles and I really related to her character. She grew so much as a character from a shy and awkward teenager to a confident and happy adult.

A compelling read which will appeal to all contemporary romance readers but particularly those of a certain age who will remember the eras and historical events mentioned. The pace, plot and characters are spot on and with the very clever writing I was hooked from the first page.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date (UK): 5 May 2022
Format: Hardback
Page Count: 432
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review and for inviting me on the tour.

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