Aged thirteen, best friends Eleanor and Fin are inseparable. Convinced it will always be this way they make a pact – to go to university together, always live near each other, and if they’re both single at 35 they’ll get married.
Eleanor and Fin haven’t spoken in fifteen years. Life has run away from them and they’re both far from where they’d dreamt of being all those years ago.
CAN THEY STILL KEEP THEIR WORD?
It takes tragic circumstances for Fin to come back into Eleanor’s life, but everything has changed since the last time they met. Is it too late to mend their friendship? Or is there a chance they can keep some of the promises they made?
Emily Houghton’s debut novel-Before I Saw You– was one I fell hopelessly in love with, and it still remains a favourite today. I was already tracking her next release when the publisher sent me this advance copy. And now, having read it, I was reminded why she retains her spot on my list of authors I’ll always look forward to reading.
At its most basic outline, Last Time We Met is a friends-to-lovers story. And yet, the way Emily Houghton tells it makes it stand apart.
With Eleanor and Fin’s shared history, the narrative switches back and forth to reveal relevant bits of their lives. It explains their awkwardness in the present day and gently pushes them forward.
I loved how the people around Eleanor and Fin infuse an energy that drives them to work their way through the bottlenecks. Particularly Sal, Eleanor’s colleague and friend, is a character with boundless energy that is absolutely infectious.
Houghton balances her story-telling with highs and lows that take you an emotional rollercoaster. The premise peels away the layers that bind our perception of love, loss, family, friendships, and simplifies our understanding of relationships. The romance is heart-wrenching but despite everything, you find yourself rooting for Eleanor and Fin from the beginning.
An emotionally rich, character-driven story with a brilliant cast, it inspires hope and promises new beginnings. I do warn you though, reading this will take everything to hold yourself together and not fall apart in a complete mess.
Book 31 of 2022.
Aquamarine Flavours Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟.
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