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Summary

Attraction is easy.... Falling in love can be hard.

When Hannah meets Sonny, she's irresistibly drawn to him: he's sexy and confident, but only in town on holiday. That's fine with Hannah - she doesn't do long-term relationships. And luckily for her, neither does Sonny. But before they can even so much as kiss, Sonny receives some shocking news and commits to making serious life changes - ones that can't and won't include romance.

With even a short fling now off the cards, Hannah and Sonny settle for being friends. But as summer hots up and their chemistry shows no signs of cooling, they start to question their reasons for shutting each other out.

Are they both too broken to find love? And if they tear down the walls between them, will they still like what's on the other side?

©2020 Paige Toon (P)2020 Simon & Schuster UK

Critic reviews

"Gave me that gorgeous glowing happy feeling you get at the end of a truly uplifting read." (Beth O'Leary, Sunday Times best-selling author of The Flatshare)

"So unique and moving. I adored every lovely word!" (Josie Silver, best-selling author of One Day in December)

"A twisty romance full of Paige's signature passion and feeling. Classic Paige Toon from beginning to end." (Lindsey Kelk, Sunday Times best-selling author of the I Heart series)

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So good I brought it twice

I brought this book on my Kindle. I loved the story so much I had to get it on Audible. Hannah and Sonny are so likeable it makes you want to know their back story. And both have very sad things to come to terms with. I found myself willing them to make it, they are so perfect together. I also fell in love with the dog. This is such a great book, one I found I couldn't put down. If you love Paige's work as I do you will love this book. I recommend it. There is also mention of someone we've met before, I love the way Paige dose this.

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Irritating use of English requires edit

The phrase "10 to the dozen" can mean most when related to things (i.e. most things) but means slowly if related to speed (i.e less than full pace which would be 12 to the dozen). Fast is "nineteen to the dozen". I tried to ignore this the first time it was used incorrectly but this phrase seems to be a favourite of this author. It is used more than once in this book by Paige Toon and also in at least one other of her books and it grated more each time!!

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Very very detailed, but quite nice still

Don’t think I’ve ever read (listened) to a book that is so full of details. The author describes the surrounding environment and how people look and behave to the point of it almost being too much. But at the same time it’s quite lovely too. Don’t really know how I felt about it, it’s just a very prominent feature of this book.
It’s quite soppy at times, but also complex. I like how the characters constantly grow and change. A pleasant listen overall.

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Not what I was expecting…

Although the book was not at all what I was expecting, I have thoroughly enjoyed the ride! Both Hannah and Sonny have their own baggage, that to an degree they have carried for so long it has claimed their future happiness. But with outside help, their own acceptance and each other, they can have their happily ever after.

This is a beautifully written story of love and friendship. I hope you enjoy the ride too!

Faultless performance!

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Beautiful book

Beautifully written and emotional book, as an identical twin I could relate in some way to how Hannah felt, I loved both characters I didn't want the book to end

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Loved it

I don’t usually like romance because it’s predictable but honestly there was so much more to this story. I listened to it whilst I worked and just loved it.

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Surprising story

I have never read a book with 2 stories like this before. I was totally gripped from the start all the way to the end and listened to the book in one day. A lovely happy ending as well, left me with a pleasing smile on my face 😊

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Lovely - in the best sense of that overused word

Paige Toon’s books seem to have grown in emotional depth. If such emotionality had ever been absent I would not have returned to her many times.

In this and Someone I Used to Know, Toon shows an unusual and deft paradoxical lightness of touch while gently, yet nonetheless powerfully incorporating some tough experiences for her protagonists.

For very personal circumstantial reasons, I am unable to cope with an excess of graphically drawn potent and endless suffering, especially without an ending of redemption and happiness. This need does not mean I get the greatest enjoyment from the overly saccharine, implausible stories I sometimes have to fall on for the sheer volume of listening I rely on.

What a delight therefore, to find in Toon, stories and characters with lives that draw forth our innate empathy and care, without having to be totally rung out by their plights.

This apparent oxymoron of lightness and depth plays out in this tender and lovely book. And having been reticent since a rather less heartwarming close to one relatively recent title*, I am glad that no such disappointments flared as this sweet, thoughtful and moving story of love in her many aspects, came to a close.

Thank you Paige Toon for an extremely pleasant - lovely - listen.






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it was ok

I found it very slow to get glong, a nice story but a little too sickly sweet at times

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Romance with a twist

Loved this story. Characters have skeletons in the closet, can they overcome them to find love? A nice change rather than predictable endings.