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The First Time We Met by Jo Lovett | NetGalley Review

The First Time We Met
Author: Jo Lovett
Pages: 330
Format: E-Book
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Bookouture
Published 10th November 2020

Thank you to NetGalley and the author for an ARC of The First Time We Met in exchange for an honest review. I do love a good fluffy romance every now and again. Especially these past few weeks, I’ve been reading some pretty intense books so it was nice to read something so easy and heartwarming.

Goodreads Synopsis

What if you met The One on his wedding day?

Izzy doesn’t believe in love at first sight, but when Sam walks into the cafe where she works one winter’s morning, she knows without a doubt that he’s the one. Too bad Sam‘s getting married. Today.

Nearly a year later, Izzy still can’t stop thinking about Sam, the one that got away, but she knows it’s time to move on: he’s a married man and probably wouldn’t recognise her if he passed her on the street.

But Sam has never forgotten Izzy, the funny, gorgeous woman who asked him out on his wedding day. If the timing had only been better, he knows they could have had something wonderful.

When Izzy and Sam’s paths finally cross again, everything has changed. But with the Atlantic Ocean and decades of baggage between them, they are about to find out whether some obstacles are too big for even true love to overcome.

My Review

What I Liked

I’m going to be honest, I didn’t think I would enjoy this book as much as I did. The story felt a bit fast-paced towards the beginning as there is quite a bit of time skipping. But I love how the characters rarely change, even though we miss 7+ years of their lives. I found myself giggling at a lot of parts and I admit I did shed a tear or two as well.

The Story

I love the wonder of meeting the right person at the wrong time. It’s very frustrating to wait and see if it all works out in the end. This book is the definition of that. I was pleasantly surprised when this book didn’t turn out to be the cliché romance I thought it would be.

We start with Izzy working her regular Saturday shift at a café, dressed in her wonderful elf costume. This is when handsome man Sam walks in. They instantly click and she knows he is the one. However, when she builds up the courage to ask him out, she finds out it’s actually his wedding day.

Izzy and Sam’s paths intertwine on more than one occasion but there is always a barrier preventing them from being together. As well as the sweet romance throughout the book, tragedies such as loss and divorce are also tackled in a deep and meaningful way. This brings the characters down to earth and also makes them relatable.

The only thing that makes it difficult to read is the amount of time jumping. Some parts of the book are a little confusing. I didn’t know how old the characters were and how much time had passed in some of the chapters. It also felt like we missed out a lot of important things about the characters too. Despite this, I still really enjoyed it and managed to catch up with everything going.

The Characters

I absolutely love Izzy and Sam. As the book is mostly from Izzy’s point of view, we see a lot of how she thinks. By putting herself first and always trying to do the most logical thing, it makes her a great strong female character. She continuously shows she doesn’t need a man to keep her and her family happy, which I love.

I like how we get to know Izzy and Sam separately. Although this is a romance book, it is not always about their relationship. From Sam’s perspective, we get to see the struggles of his daily life. The unbalance of his work and home life make him suffer a great deal. It was really heartbreaking to read about and I felt sorry for him. However, I just wanted to go and tell him to sort it out, instead of ignoring it.

Overall Thoughts

The First Time We Met is the perfect book to snuggle up with after a long day and read until you finish it! I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good romance. Once you get past the time skipping, It is an easy and enjoyable read that I’m sure you will love!

Rating: 3.5/5

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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8 December 2020 at 1:33 am

Ooh I’m always wary of books like these because they tend to the toe the line of cheating which is something I absolutely hate. I’m glad you seemed to enjoy it, though!

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