Review of Fix You by Carrie Elks

Published: 4th February 2016
Publisher:
Corvus
Pages: 368

Blurb:

On New Year’s Eve, 1999, Hanna and Richard meet. She is a born and bred Londoner with plans for a career in journalism. He is the son of a wealthy New Yorker and destined for Wall Street. As Hanna and Richard go back to their own worlds they keep in touch, and when Hanna has her heart broken it’s Richard she turns to. They reunite and fall deeply, madly in love. But they can’t possibly imagine the ways their love will be tested. Fifteen years after they first meet, neither can bear to hear the other’s name spoken. Then one day Hanna walks into Richard’s office and reveals a shocking secret. Richard must decide if he can forgive her. And both need to choose whether to take a second chance on happiness, or if their love is beyond repair?

Review:

Thank you to Corvus for kindly sending me a review copy.

The narrative begins with Hanna and Richard coming face to face in 2012 after several years apart. A lot has changed since they’ve seen one another and readers are about to find out as the plot goes back in time to catch us up to speed. Throughout the chapters, there are a lot of time changes from year to year which I really liked. They first meet at a dinner party hosted by Richard’s parents which Hanna’s Mum is in charge of.
“Looking around desperately for something to use as a bookmark, she finally put her hairband out, placing it in between the pages as her hair cascaded down her back.”
Around 2003 and 2004 when Hanna and Richard meet up in New York, the chemistry was undeniable between them. It was crystal clear that they wanted each other as much as the other did. Throughout the narrative, they have their ups and downs: being apart, arguments, being together, family occasions.
“I’ve never seen you looking as beautiful as you do right now.”
Hanna and Richard’s life changed rather quickly when a shocking secret was revealed and the entire structure of the narrative was turned upside down. I liked the fact that readers knew about the secret from the opening chapter before going back in time. The only aspect I couldn’t understand was why the relationship between Hanna and Claire (Richard’s mother) went sour; it was a lovely friendship that they had and I just feel like it could have been explained a little bit more.
“They’d been careless before, letting love pour through their fingers like sand through an hourglass.”
Overall, I really enjoyed Fix You. Hanna and Richard were such a wonderful couple to read about and their journey had me hooked from the very beginning. It was an easy plot to read about but it completely swept me off my feet. If you loved One Day, definitely give this a read.
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