Author: Beth O’Leary
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 352
Date of Publication: April 12, 2022
My Rating: 4 Stars
Three women who seemingly have nothing in common find that they're involved with the same man in this smart new rom-com by Beth O'Leary, bestselling author of The Flatshare.
Siobhan is a quick-tempered life coach with way too much on her plate. Miranda is a tree surgeon used to being treated as just one of the guys on the job. Jane is a soft-spoken volunteer for the local charity shop with zero sense of self-worth.
These three women are strangers who have only one thing in common: They've all been stood up on the same day, the very worst day to be stood up--Valentine's Day. And, unbeknownst to them, they've all been stood up by the same man.
Once they've each forgiven him for standing them up, they let him back into their lives and are in serious danger of falling in love with a man who seems to have not just one or two but three women on the go....
Is there more to him than meets the eye? And will they each untangle the truth before they all get their hearts broken?
This rom-com just might give you all the feels, especially as you get to the end where all the pieces fall into place.Three women, Siobhan, Miranda and Jane are strangers to one another, but they all have something in common - they are all involved with the same man. One Valentine's day leads to all three of the women more than disappointed. The man they have in common is Joseph Carter, who made plans with each of the women, but didn't follow through.
Is Joseph a player? Is this a book about "justified cheating"? Can cheating ever be justified in any relationship? What is it about Joseph that Siobhan, Miranda and Jane are a part of his life? This multi-layered story evenly shares Joseph's story and motivation.
Our three female protagonists, Siobhan, Miranda and Jane, are more than strangers than one another. Not only are all three involved in Jospeh in some way, they all got stood up by him on Valentine's Day. As the story progressed, readers learn about the women and their differences and perhaps what draws each of them to Joseph.
As mentioned, this is a rom com, so are we to expect a happily ever after? If so, who is the woman Joseph ends up with and why? In fact, how does any reader justify Joseph's actions when it comes to the three women and what opinions do we form about each of them?
While there were light moments in this story, I saw it more of a story that came full circle, especially when it came to the "reveal" as the book came to what ended up being a very heartwarming conclusion.
Many thanks to Berkley and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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Beth studied English at university before going into children’s publishing. She lives as close to the countryside as she can get while still being within reach of London, and wrote her first novel, The Flatshare, on her train journey to and from work. You’ll usually find her curled up with a book, a cup of tea, and several woolly jumpers (whatever the weather).