It’s Day One of the Blog Tour for The First Time We Met by Jo Lovett! Yay!
What happens if you meet ‘The One’, only to discover that it’s actually his wedding day?! That’s what happens to Izzy when she first lays eyes on the lovely Sam. He walks into the horrible greasy spoon where she’s working, instantly brightening up her day, her life … in fact, her entire dull existence! She decides to grab the bull by the horns (so to speak), and asks him out, but is horrified to discover that he is getting married later that day and had come into the cafe for a brief timeout from all the chaos that he knew would engulf him once he was in ‘wedding mode’!
Izzy is gutted, but decides she will just have to put it down to one of those ‘ships passing in the night’ episodes and it just wasn’t meant to be. But somehow she just can’t stop thinking about Sam.
Unbeknown to Izzy, Sam can’t stop thinking about her either, and their story unfolds over the years, telling of unexpected chance encounters as their various separate lives take them on their chosen paths.
This wasn’t what I expected! I was waiting for the typical ‘boy meets girl’; ‘life gets in the way’; ‘they meet up again under different circumstances’; ‘they live happily ever after’ type of scenario. But that’s not the way the plot works out here. It’s much more of a slow burner, and a lot less obvious than I thought it would be!
Jo Lovett stretches out her story over quite a few years, and numerous twists and turns that intervene for both Izzy and Sam. Although things didn’t move quite as quickly as I would have liked and I did feel that things dragged on a bit – especially in the middle of the book – there were enough surprises to hold my attention. I really wanted to know how this was all going to work out, especially when I realised it wasn’t going the way I expected it to.
The characters are likeable – I wouldn’t say there was any ‘wow’ factor to them, but I think that’s probably what makes them more realistic. To use a rather horrendous word, they’re all rather ‘nice’. And I do mean that in a complementary way!
So all of this … the plot, the story, the characters, the unexpected nature of much of the way everything comes together … makes for an enjoyable, comfortable read that I’d rate somewhere between 3 and 4 stars.
Many thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to tour with them once again. Take a look at what other bloggers are saying about The First Time We Met …
Jo Lovett lives in London with her family.
She worked in Corporate Tax before taking a longer-than-expected career break to have more-than-expected children (five). She started writing romantic comedy when she realised that she was regularly begging her oldest son to let her do his English homework but she wasn’t actually that interested in haunted houses or Macbeth.
Jo was runner-up in the Good Housekeeping/ Orion First Novel Competition 2018 and shortlisted for the Comedy Women in Print Award 2019.
When she can escape from her laundry mountain and childcare, she enjoys reading, tennis and wine.