Published: 7th March 2019
Publisher: Ebury Press
Stephanie doesn’t believe in fate, true love or living happily ever after. She’s content enough being engaged to Matt. But then she meets Jamie, who understands her more than anyone else ever has. Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Helen and believes in everything Stephanie doesn’t. So why does he have such a strong connection with Stephanie? When Stephanie and Jamie meet one fateful weekend in 2006 it will change everything…
Thank you to Ebury Press for kindly sending me a review copy.
When Stephanie is sent to an art retreat for a solo weekend, she doesn’t want to stay. The phone signal is rubbish, she can’t contact her fiancé to pick her up and the last thing she wants to do is be by herself. But all that changes when she meets Jamie who happens to be running the art retreat and yet, within half an hour or so, he has somehow managed to change her mind just by talking to her.
“In that parallel universe, we belonged to each other. Now, we’re going to be thrown back into reality and I hate it.”
From the moment Stephanie and Jamie meet, it is crystal clear that there is undeniable chemistry between the two of them; they’re meant to be together and so, a year later when Stephanie returns to the same art retreat, she is over the moon to see Jamie once more but with rings on their fingers attaching them to other people, they know that nothing can happen between either of them. From the opening chapter, there was something very charismatic about Jamie in the way in which he managed to allow Stephanie to open up about her childhood, the loss of her Mum, her drinking problem, her uneasy relationship with Matt and the fact that working for her Dad is doing nothing for her career. The way in which the pair just simply sat outside, wrapped in blanket, talking about their lives was such a simple scene to portray on the page but in reality, it was probably my favourite in all of the book.
“You know, my Mum always said the universe sends the perfect person to you. Fate will actually put them in front of you.”
With Stephanie and Jamie not wanting to have an affair or deny time with one another, they set themselves one golden rule – same hotel, same weekend every single year and so they do just that for an entire decade. Their relationship is sweet but it certainly isn’t innocent and despite what they’re doing, you can’t help but root for the pair as it’s clear that they’re supposed to be together. Things at home aren’t exactly plain sailing – Stephanie isn’t happy with Matt, she is raising two little girls by herself as she learns about his business approach which happens to be the icing on the cake and as for Jamie; he will simply never be good enough for Helen. Even though, they’ve raised a cheery little boy together, the love for one another has fizzled out throughout the last decade. With both our main characters ending their marriages, it can only mean one thing – right?
“I’m scared to make a sound and let the house notice that I’m here, an unwanted intruder.”
Wrong. Just when you think you’re reading a love story – Roxie throws in a plot twist which you won’t see coming and it will certainly spark a few tears. The ending is emotional, it’s heart breaking and even though it wasn’t what readers would expect from the usual love story – it is extremely realistic because when two people meet one another, they may already be attached to someone else and sometimes, you have to break a few hearts in order to have your very own happiness. What happens at the end of The Day We Met is hard to read but it happens in real life and I admire Roxie for including that within the plot. It is a truly beautiful book – one to read with a very large bar of chocolate.
Disclaimer: This book was kindly gifted to me by Ebury Publishing who I have an ongoing working relationship with.