Last year I read Lia Louis’s debut novel Dear Emmie Blue and loved it (you can read my review here…). So I was super excited to discover that this summer brings her second novel, Eight Perfect Hours. Another heart-warming romance about finding love where you least expect it and the beautiful magic of fate…
Fiction | Romance
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…
I read this with my with my fellow buddy readers Lucy @ Bookworm Blogger and my Mum. We all enjoyed Dear Emmie Blue last summer so eagerly hopped into this one and were not disappointed!
Firstly, Louis’s skill with the plot is incredible! So many twists and turns, unforeseen links and surprises. All ends are tied up beautifully and in classic Louis style – it has the perfect ending…no spoilers! I absolutely love the way she plays the hand of fate in her books – for me it’s the best part. Working her magic with those split second chances, decisions and encounters and weaving them all together to leave a trail. So clever.
Alongside the blossoming romance the narrative also taps into so many other elements; mental health, being a carer, post-natal depression, PTSD, suicide, tragic accidents and the emotional aftermath of guilt and blame that comes with these experiences. Just realised that makes it sound super depressing! It’s really not! I more wanted to say that by skilfully tapping into all these sensitive and emotional perspectives she is able to bring representation and understanding. Her characters are very much real people with real lives, making you really care about them.
Noelle was the kind of protagonist you are immediately rooting for. We meet her at her lowest, thoroughly lost and seemingly out of luck. We get to watch her bloom like the flowers she so loves and grow in confidence and personality. A truly uplifting story. A story of family and friends, a story of believing in yourself, multiple chances and a reminder that it’s never to late to find love.
Thank you to Net Galley, Orion and Lia Louis for providing me with an e-ARC of this beautiful story in exchange for my honest review. Eight Perfect Hours is published in the UK tomorrow 🙂