Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1512 KB
Print Length: 481 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (10 May 2012)
A Dorset summer, a chance meeting, and Joe and Alice, both 18, fall into step as if they have known each other forever. But their idyll is shattered as quickly as it began. Joe leaves without warning; Alice heads off to Cambridge University and slowly picks up the pieces of her broken heart.
Years later, when she catches the attention of gorgeous, gifted, rich boy Lukas, Alice is carried along by his charm, swept up in his ambitious plans for a future together.
Until news of Joe reaches her once more, but he’s out of reach in a way that Alice could never have imagined. Life has moved on, the divide between them is now so great. Surely it is far too late to relive those perfect summer days of long ago?
I have been looking at this book for a while and never really committed to purchasing it, however when i say it on the iTunes store i decided to try it. I downloaded the sample first and after half an hour i had finished it and was desperate to find out more about Joe and Alice. I purchased the full book and began reading.
We meet Alice first, she is going on holiday to Dorset with her mum, her dad will be joining them at the weekends. She isn’t looking forward to it at first, her best friend was supposed to be joining them but she could make it. (Spoiler). On the first night of their holiday they go to the local pub for a drink and Alice’s mum pushes her in the direction of the young bartender Joe. Joe is 18 years old, has an Emo haircut that is jet black and an eyebrow ring. Instantly they hit it off .
Over the next few days a relationship begins to bloom and they become close friends. Alice learns that Joe does not come alone and is a combined package along with his dog Dyson. Joe rescued him and they are inseparable.
Alice’s parents become concerned at the amount of time she seems to be spending with Joe and not on her studies but she reminds them she was supposed to be joined by her best friend.
Joe and Alice’s relationship soon moves forward and they share a heart racing kiss.
Here comes the twist, Alice discovers that Joe has a past that is dark and terrifying and she is about to become entwined in it. After one traumatic evening Joe disappears.
Alice goes to university and throws herself into her studies, but she cant forget him. She goes searching for him for months after until eventually she has to give up. She works her way through university as a punter, where she meets Lukas a German student studying Physics at Cambridge. She also mets Jessie who she shares a house with and Emily another room mate. She learns to live again but she never forgets joe.
9 years later she sees joe in a movie and she needs answers. By this time she is married to Lukas, she is torn between finding the closure she so desperately needs and being the wife that Lukas needs. Her best friend eventually gets in touch with a TV show and Alice gets a phone call from Joe.
She agrees to meet him and they go back to their roots. Lukas is in Germany at this point and she is supposed to be moving with him but she needs to close this chapter of her life. Or so she thought. She still loves Joe and she is torn, she removes her wedding ring and surrounds herself in the bubble of Joe until Lukas pops it.
She has to make things right with Lukas but cant bare her life without joe. What will she do? Lukas or Joe, she knows she cant have both.
This story is amazing, from page one right to the last full stop i was hooked. the emotional roller coaster you take learning about Joe and heartbreak you feel when Joe disappears and leaves Alice alone, wondering what she did wrong. I read this book in just under 9 hours i was hooked and could bare to put the book down.
You will definitely need plenty of tissues while reading this brilliant piece of writing. The story has so many hidden secrets in it . It is unbelievable how well it was written, i am in the lull after the book now in that i feel like i am cheating if i read another book but i want to continue reading more of Paige Toon’s books, they are amazing.
If the rest of her books are as enthralling as this one, i cannot wait to read more.