The One We Fell In Love With by Paige Toon

I’m never quite sure how much to write in these reviews. I want to make them long enough that people can get a feel for the book but not too long that they can’t be bothered to read them. So just in case I’ve got it wrong I’ll start with the most important part of this review: I fully expect this book to feature in my Best Books of 2016 blog when December comes and it’s time to write it. It will take a lot to beat this.

Phoebe is caught between a rock and a hard place. Settle down and get married, or return to the French Alps to pursue her passion?
Eliza is in love with someone who is no longer hers. In fact, he probably never was… And her dream of becoming a successful musician seems to be vanishing before her eyes.

Rose is out of a job and out of a boyfriend. To make matters worse, she’s been forced to move back in with her mother…
But these very different girls have one thing in common. Angus. The one they fell in love with…

Paige Toon was one of the authors at the Books and the City blogger event I went to in March. She read an extract from The One We Fell In Love With and talked about it.  We also received copies and it was the first of those books I read as I was really intrigued.

I’ve read several of Paige Toon’s previous books and I think this may be her besst yet.  It’s certainly the one I enjoyed the most.

Phoebe, Eliza and Rose are identical triplets and the minute I heard that I was sure I knew what was going to happen in this book. I was wrong. In fact I was kept guessing all the way through as The One We Fell In Love With is a complex book full of moments that took my breath away and made me stop and think “what just happened?  But that’s not to say it’s a tricky read.

This was one of those books that I didn’t want to end and it’s one I’d love to read again but also don’t want to because I know what happens.  I’m a little bit jealous of everyone who gets to read it for the first time once it’s published this Thursday.  It made me laugh and it made me smile.  If I was one for crying at books it would definitely have made me cry.

It took me several minutes after I finished reading this to move on and do something else because I was thinking so much about what I’d just read.  That’s unusual for me. And I’ve kept thinking about it in the weeks since which is even more unusual for me.  I can’t recommend The One We Fell In Love With highly enough.



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