Today, September 11 2015, is paperback launch day for ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ by Erin Lawless. The book launch is at Clapham Books at 19.30 Unfortunately I can’t attend but I wanted to share the event with you.
Boy meets girl… Alex Bradley can’t help but feel that life is rather passing him by. And not just life – promotions, invitations, romance; the girl he loves only has eyes for his flatmate and his 9-5 job as the Immigration department skivvy is slowly numbing his soul. Until he meets Nadia. Girl meets boy… Nadia Osipova is running out of time. With no money, no lawyer and a totally fictitious boyfriend, she’s got one last summer and one last appeal before the British government deport her back home. Girl gets deported? It’s going to be a bumpy ride, one she’s dragging her new friend Alex along for. As Nadia races through a list of all her favourite London adventures, for what may be the last time, Alex can’t help but start to see the city, and his life, through Nadia’s eyes. From hazy summer days on the Common and heady nights in Soho’s basement bars, to twilight walks along the Southbank, will Alex realise what he’s got before it’s too late? Funny, addictive and always honest, this is a love letter to London, friendship and the unexpected from the author of the bestselling The Best Thing I Never Had.
I was looking forward to reading ‘Somewhere Only We Know’. Its vivid characters, well researched setting and original take on girl meets boy, met all my expectations. Nadia and Alex are complex, believable characters, Yin and Yang drawn together in a serendipitous way, they gradually discover what’s been missing in their lives. Nadia is likeable and despite her looming problems, reaches out to Alex shows him how to enjoy life. Alex is hiding secrets that may damage their fledgling relationship. Their London and south coast adventures are entertaining, realistic and make their growing attraction inevitable to everyone, including the reader, but not themselves. The supporting cast are equally vibrant and showcase the main characters, without upstaging them. I would like to see what happens to Caro, Holly and Rory in another book, perhaps? This is a story of young, sometimes emotionally immature adults. The romance is gentle and illuminates rather than dominates the story. A great holiday read. I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Erin Lawless lives a happy life full of wonderful friends, in love with a man who buys her books instead of flowers. To mix things up a little, she writes books where friends and lovers hit obstacles and (usually) overcome them. When she’s not doing that she reads absolutely everything she gets her hands on, spends an inordinate amount of time in pyjamas and runs a fun-but-informative blog on British history.
Here’s my review of Erin’s New Adult Bestseller The Best Thing I Never Had
The Best Thing I Never Had is a great read with fabulous characters. Divided into past and present events this story’s structure allows the reader to know the characters in depth and really want to know what happens to them which I liked. The focus of the first section is the long awaited wedding of two of the group of university friends and it is here the reader realises something momentous occurred in their shared past but doesn’t know what.
Just over half the story takes place in the past although pacing of this section of the book allows you to experience events with the characters as it happens which makes it easy and interesting to read.
The second half surrounds the wedding and how the characters have fared since university. There are a few surprises both in character development and plot. This was my favourite part of the story possibly because the characters were less annoying and more world weary.
The characters are vivid. It’s easy to love or hate them. This is all about the people what they think, what they feel and what they do. The plot is not the main focus of this story but it does hold some pleasing twists.
Packed full of emotion and humour this story is definitely worth reading even though it is longer than is currently fashionable. I look forward to the next book by this author. I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.