The night that changed everyhing – Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice.
I was sent this by the lovely people at Penguin Random House. They also invited me to take part in the blog tour! If you want to see more about this funny, wonderful read, then scroll down to the bottom and check out one of the other blogs listed! Now, to tell you about this book!
Rebecca is the only girl she knows who didn’t cry at the end of Titanic. Ben is the only man he knows who did. Rebecca’s untidy but Ben doesn’t mind picking up her pieces. Ben is laid back by Rebecca keeps him on his toes. They’re a perfect match.
Nothing can come between them. Or so they think.
When a throwaway comment reveals a secret from the past, their love story is rewritten.
Can they recover from the night that changed everything? And how do you forgive when you can’t forget?
The Night That Changed Everything is a funny, feel-good and bittersweet story, told in alternate chapters by Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice.
There is a special place in my heart for bitter sweet romances. While I am a sucker for cute relationship bantz, there is nothing I like more than the pain of having those cute relationship bantz hampered by something. Yes, I am a masochist. So, this was all kinds of perfect for me!
I haven’t read a jolly good ‘rom-com’ style book in such a long time! Thank you Becky and the team at Transworld for sending it to me!
So, anyway, enough about me, let’s talk about the book! The story covers three nights that change everything for Ben and Rebecca, a couple of twenty somethings who couldn’t be more different if they tried, but both compliment each other perfectly. The first night is the night they meet, then a year later on Ben’s birthday and then a final big night that broke my heart a little bit. Seriously, I wasn’t expecting to cry!
See, now I mentioned crying I feel like I need to explain the whole rom-com comment… There is romance and there are moments that will make you smile, but there are also moments that are wonderfully poignant and like I said, there was a moment that did make me cry. The things is, these characters are all so well rounded with their own quirks and flaws that they get a little under your skin and the story isn’t over saturated with drama, like a soap opera, it all feels so raw and real that it is fun and a little anxiety inducing watching these characters live out their lives.
At its core, The Night that Changed Everything is an endearing love story that does literally everything right, the events that take place are handled with care and precision and it has just the right amount of frustrating relationship drama, mixed in with these guys trying to just keep their heads afloat in the craziness that is trying to be a twenty something and figuring out what the hell they’re all doing with their lives to keep everything ticking over.
I think part of the charm of this book comes from having two writers tell the same story, so not only do we get both Rebecca and Ben’s perspectives on the events taking place, but both those voices sound completely different – something that a lot of dual narrative stories lack. It also makes some of the more frustrating relationship things, like Ben deciding to go to the flat and getting completely the wrong idea about Rebecca’s whereabouts from a laptop screen all the more believable because they sound and feel like two separate people.
I could go on about this forever, but if you stay here to read this, you won’t be out there reading the book, so in a nut shell, this is a fun, easy to read, contemporary novel which will make you feel like you are part of the friendship group, so when you finish the last page, you end up feeling a little bereft. If you’re looking for something to while away the hours with now that the lighter nights are drawing in, this might just be right up your street!
Thank you again to Becky and the team at Transworld and Penguin for sending me a copy!