It’s Zoe and Jack’s first wedding anniversary party. They’ve got an announcement! They’re getting divorced. Marriage isn’t for everyone – something that Zoe and Jack discovered only after they’d walked down the aisle. Bad timing, huh? So now they’re stuck together in their once harmonious marital home, neither one of them willing to move out of their lovely house. With Zoe’s three sisters always wanting a say, and Jack’s best friend trying his best to fix things between them, misunderstandings arise. Tempers flare. ‘Accidents’ happen… Zoe and Jack are going to be lucky if they’re still alive when the twelve months are up. But maybe things aren’t quite as final as they seem?
Thank you to Avon for kindly sending me a review copy.
Zoe and Jack announce they’re getting a divorce during their anniversary party and without giving readers chance to wonder why, the plot goes back in time to their wedding day where Zoe is second guessing everything. Once the confetti has been thrown in their direction and they’ve overslept the wedding brunch the following morning, they’re quickly back to normality by cuddling up on the sofa with cake, tea and a TV show. Yet in the back of Zoe’s mind, she knows marriage isn’t for her.
“…if they was ever a hangover tip to make you feel even worse, it was being a total bastard to your boyfriend. Husband.”
With flashbacks to seven years ago of how the pair met and watch their relationship grow, readers are able to get to know them and learn of how they’ve got to where they are now. It was tricky to see why they wanted a divorce – they seemed like a normal, loved up couple. They argue, they’re passionate, they keep one another in the picture: if that isn’t normal, I don’t know what is. Despite not reading from Jack’s point of view, it was clear that he was more invested in their relationship than Zoe was. It’s only during one of the college flashbacks in which Zoe tells Jack about a previous controlling relationship in which has led to her not believing in marriage and despite feeling slightly sympathy towards her, she was a little blind. Jack has been written in a wonderful light; charming, handsome, clever – everything a girl wants yet she doesn’t want to be his forever.
“It was one of the reasons she’d always dreaded the idea of marriage: you were bound to someone forever, no matter how completely different a person they became over the decades spent living with them.”
When they both agree to a divorce, they don’t realise that by law they must live together for a full year before any paperwork can proceed. Their arguments turned into petty digs here and there, and before you knew it – they was a rota for everything. Despite it being heart breaking for Zoe to see Jack with someone new, it was quite amusing to read about them messing with one another. As Christmas rolls round, romance is in the air and with multiple pep talks from family members, decisions are made. It wouldn’t be a romantic novel without rushing to an airport, would it? Overall, the plot was so simply but very effective and I absolutely loved it. Zoe and Jack are two incredible characters who readers can’t help but fall in love with due to Bryony’s addictive writing style. I’m looking forward to seeing what she writes next – definitely one to read this year!