You never forget the one that got away, do you?
Nell Mason is extremely happy with her life – or at least, that’s what she tells herself. She’s lucky to have a high-powered job as a lawyer, even if it does come with an eccentric set of billionaire divorce clients. And she’s absolutely fine living with her sweet, if slightly dull, boyfriend Gus in their London flat where they have very sensible sex once (OK, sometimes twice) a week. She’s definitely not stuck in a rut.
But when Nell bumps into childhood friend and first love Arthur Drummond who broke her heart fifteen years ago, she’s more than a little shaken. The seemingly perfect life she’s worked so hard for starts to feel, well, less perfect. Maybe Nell’s been kidding herself all these years. Can she ever get over her first love?
From the outside looking in Nell’s life seems pretty perfect. She has a successful job as a lawyer, working for a prestige company within London. Dealing with divorces every single day has certainly played a role in her reluctance to get married, add that to the fact that Gus believes that marriage is a waste of time, Nell has resigned herself to the fact she will never be a wife.
When Nell finds herself travelling back to Northumberland for the funeral of the previous Lord of the Manor, she has no idea how much things are going to change. Her Dad has found himself injured – with his leg broken in two places meaning he requires some extra help at home, especially now that her Mum has moved out of their family home too.
The death of Lord Drummond also means the return of his son Art who will take his place as the new Lord. This evokes some deeply buried emotions in Nell as Art was also her first love, and someone she hasn’t had to face since their break up all those years ago. As they are thrown into one another’s orbits once more we are given a deep insight into their lives in both the present and the past, alongside some secrets that have the potential to change everything.
As Nell is reminded of all that is out there in the world, she finds herself questioning whether or not the life she has been living in London is truly making her happy after all..
From the moment I started reading this book I found myself looking for any possible opportunity to dive back into the story and the lives of the characters we are introduced to along the way. I loved learning more about Nell and Art as individuals and the events throughout their lives that have shaped them into the people they are today. As the story progresses we are taken on an emotional rollercoaster alongside the characters as they learn to adapt to the changes that have occurred in their lives, from devastation to finding happiness in many different ways.
A beautifully written story that has you captivated to the end.
About the Author
Sophia is a British journalist and author who spends most of her time writing at her kitchen table in West London and making 59 cups of tea a day. She has written two novels – The Plus One and What Happens Now? – and hopes to carry on writing books that make people laugh forever. Because we could all do with more of a laugh, these days, couldn’t we? Sometimes, if she’s not drinking lukewarm cups of tea in her leggings at home, she appears on radio and television talking about important topics such as Prince Harry’s wedding and the etiquette of the threesome.
*Thank you to HQ Stories and Sophia Money-Coutts for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*