When the weather turns chilly outside there’s nothing better in my opinion than settling down with a good book, a warm blanket and a hot drink. By indulging in reading you can while away a few hours and transport yourself to another place and time to stave off the frost that seems to have arrived pretty swiftly this year! That is exactly what I did when I sat down to read Miranda Dickinson’s brand new release The Day We Meet Again which the lovely folks at HQ recently sent to me. Today I’m sharing my thoughts on this latest release from one of my favourite best-selling authors.
About The Book
‘We’ll meet again at St Pancras station, a year from today. If we’re meant to be together, we’ll both be there. If we’re not, it was never meant to be . . .’
Phoebe and Sam meet by chance at St Pancras station. Heading in opposite directions, both seeking their own adventures, meeting the love of their lives wasn’t part of the plan. So they make a promise: to meet again in the same place in twelve months’ time if they still want to be together.
But is life ever as simple as that?
This is a story of what-ifs and maybes – and how one decision can change your life forever…
Phoebe’s friends don’t have faith in her ability to follow through with her plans to travel solo in Europe for the year and when she arrives at the train station she is starting to wonder if they have a point. That is until an unscheduled delay leads to a serendipitous meeting with Sam.
Sam is also embarking a year long sabbatical to his childhood home in Scotland to discover more about himself and his family with the last thing on his mind being an encounter with the beautiful Phoebe who literally stumbled into his life.
A few snatched hours later and the pair can feel a connection binding them together, but the timing is all wrong and they know in order to find out if they have a future they must part ways to follow their chosen paths. Promising to meet back in the place they collided exactly a year later they allow their trains to carry them in opposite directions, but a year can change everything. Will they still feel fate pulling them back together or was their relationship destined to comprise of nothing more than a few snatched hours?
I’ll openly admit I love nothing more than a predictable feel-good romance and before I started reading this book I thought I had the whole story line sewn up …. boy and girl meet, boy and girl spend a year apart, boy and girl reconnect and live happily ever after. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that scenario and it’s one of my favourite tropes, but this book threw a massive curve-ball that I just wasn’t expecting when I realised I still had half a book to left to read when I was expecting it’s finale.
Without risking any spoilers all I can say is that The Day We Meet Again is so much more than your average romance book. It’s a story of self discovery, adventure, new experiences, hope and taking risks that had me enchanted from start to finish. The story itself is told using alternate chapters from both Sam and Phoebe’s POV which made it such a fast paced read as I was constantly thinking ahead to what each character was thinking and feeling about the unfolding situations. I also really enjoyed going along for the ride on their various travels and particularly enjoyed Phoebe’s adventure’s in Paris, a place I’ve always longed to visit, as the beautifully written descriptions were so vivid.
If you are looking for a heartwarming, feel-good read to give you all those warm fuzzy feels then this is definitely the one for you. Whether you believe in love at first sight or not I know I certainly fell in love with everything about this wonderfully crafted story and can’t recommend it enough to romance fans looking for a read with real substance.
About The Author
Miranda Dickinson has always had a head full of stories. Born in Wolverhampton, in The Black Country, West Midlands, she grew up in Kingswinford and dreamed of one day writing a book that would reach the heady heights of Kingswinford Library… Her first novel, Fairytale of New York (2009) was discovered on Authonomy.com – HarperCollins’ site for unpublished authors. Within three weeks of its release, Fairytale of New York had entered the Sunday Times Top Ten Bestsellers List, where it remained for five weeks – making it the world’s first crowd-sourced bestseller. The novel was also shortlisted for the RNA’s Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2010 at the Pure Passion Awards.
Miranda is a six-times Sunday Times Bestseller, with Fairytale of New York, Welcome to My World, It Started With a Kiss, When I Fall in Love, Take a Look at Me Now, I’ll Take New York, A Parcel for Anna Browne and Searching for a Silver Lining. Her Christmas novella, Christmas in St Ives, is a festive treat and also a prequel to her ninth novel, Somewhere Beyond the Sea. She is an international bestseller in four countries and her books have been translated into fifteen languages. To date, she has sold one million books worldwide. The Day We Meet Again is her tenth novel was published on 5th September 2019.
Miranda is the founder of WriteFoxy – resources, vlogs and inspiration writing days for writers of all ages and abilities. Her popular vlogs feature her own publishing journey for each new novel, together with advice for authors and lots and lots of hats!
Miranda lives in Dudley with her husband, Bob and daughter, Flo. She is also a singer-songwriter and recently released her first solo album, About Time.
The Day We Meet Again is available to purchase from Amazon*