The Day We Meet Again
The brand-new novel from The Sunday Times bestselling author, Miranda Dickinson. ‘We’ll meet again at St Pancras station, a year from today. If we’re meant to be together, we’ll both be there. If we’re not, it was never meant to be . . .’ Phoebe and Sam meet by chance at St Pancras station. Heading in opposite directions, both seeking their own adventures, meeting the love of their lives wasn’t part of the plan. So they make a promise: to meet again in the same place in twelve months' time if they still want to be together.But is life ever as simple as that? This is a story of what-ifs and maybes – and how one decision can change your life forever…

The Day We Meet Again Details

TitleThe Day We Meet Again
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 5th, 2019
PublisherHQ
Rating
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance, Contemporary

The Day We Meet Again Review

  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    Miranda Dickinson writes a contemporary romance around the premise of a couple who meet coincidentally at St Pancras Rail Station in London, only both have plans for their immediate future, travels that are to take them in opposing directions from each other, and feeling the spark between them, declare that they will meet each other at the same spot in a year's time if they feel exactly the same way. Phoebe Jones is 32 years old, has completed a PhD in literature, and who has recently working in Miranda Dickinson writes a contemporary romance around the premise of a couple who meet coincidentally at St Pancras Rail Station in London, only both have plans for their immediate future, travels that are to take them in opposing directions from each other, and feeling the spark between them, declare that they will meet each other at the same spot in a year's time if they feel exactly the same way. Phoebe Jones is 32 years old, has completed a PhD in literature, and who has recently working in publicity. She has screwed up her courage to travel in Europe for a year, following the footsteps of her beloved books and authors that have embarked on European Grand Tours. She has packed up her London life, and is heading to Paris, only to panic when the trains are delayed for a few hours, Gabe, her actor friend had told her she would never be able to travel by herself. As she feels herself wavering, the shy and quiet Phoebe finds herself meeting a stranger, Sam Mullins, to whom she feels a strong attraction, so strong that she does the unthinkable and invites him for coffee at the cafe for those delayed hours.As they spend the hours talking and getting to know each other, Sam feels the same pull towards Phoebe, albeit fraught with concern that it might end up like the nightmare that had been his last relationship with Laura. He is a musician, managing to eke out a living as a session musician and with plans for his future that will take his musical career a stage further. He has family issues, and is heading to the Isle of Mull in Scotland, hoping to resolve them after having put them off for some time. As it turns out, bizarrely he too is 32 and born on the same day as Phoebe. Is this a good sign for the future? The two conclude their meeting with their promise to each other to meet again a year later. With chapters that alternate from Phoebe to Sam, we follow their travels, adventures through different locations, their contact with each other, the misunderstandings, challenges, heartache and more that is to test their relationship. Will love at first sight materialise into a future for the couple?This is a light and entertaining story, that I did find reasonably engaging. I personally much preferred the character of Sam, he felt much more real to me than Phoebe. The narrative did not always feels as fluently told as I think it could have been, and the same issues felt a little too laboured in the book for me. However, for those seeking a purely escapist read, this may well fill the bill, it has humour and a sufficiently feel good sense about it to appeal to many readers. Many thanks to HQ for an ARC.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Phoebe and Sam meet at St Pancras station after their trains have been delayed, they are both travelling in different directions. Phoebe is going to Paris and Sam is going to Scotland for a year.Their meeting is so real that you can feel and hear the sounds of the station, the instant attraction as their eyes meet and the desperate need to get to know one another. Although they only spend a couple of hours together they promise to meet up again in the same spot in a years time. They both feel th Phoebe and Sam meet at St Pancras station after their trains have been delayed, they are both travelling in different directions. Phoebe is going to Paris and Sam is going to Scotland for a year.Their meeting is so real that you can feel and hear the sounds of the station, the instant attraction as their eyes meet and the desperate need to get to know one another. Although they only spend a couple of hours together they promise to meet up again in the same spot in a years time. They both feel the attraction but want time to see if this can be a real relationship. The book describes their travels in a way that you feel like they are places you are familiar with.I’m not normally into romance novels but this was written so beautifully that I couldn’t help but love this book. The characters that we meet along the way are brilliant and made me want to be a part of this fabulous story.A great read that captured my heart. They say you find love when you least expect it and that is exactly what happens, does love at first sight exist, who knows? But in this book it certainly does!!!Much more than you’re average romance. A feel good story about love and friendship and how no matter how precisely you plan you’re life there are always surprises along the way!!Thank you to Netgalley for my copy on exchange for a review.
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  • Louise Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    3.5⭐ rounded up to 4Sam and Phoebe meet by chance at St. Pancras Station. All the trains are delayed so they spend an hour together. They realise that love could be blossoming between them. But Phoebe has taken a year out and her first stop is Paris while Sam is on his way to Scotland, hoping to find his father. They decide that if they feel the same about each other in one years time, they will meet by St. John Betjeman's Statue.The chapters switch between Phoebe and Sam. We are told where they 3.5⭐️ rounded up to 4Sam and Phoebe meet by chance at St. Pancras Station. All the trains are delayed so they spend an hour together. They realise that love could be blossoming between them. But Phoebe has taken a year out and her first stop is Paris while Sam is on his way to Scotland, hoping to find his father. They decide that if they feel the same about each other in one years time, they will meet by St. John Betjeman's Statue.The chapters switch between Phoebe and Sam. We are told where they are and what they are doing. The story wasn't as predictable as I thought it would be. There are a few unexpected twists to keep your interest. We also get told about the locations they are at. But do they get together? You will have to read the book to find out.I would like to thank NetGalley, HQ and the author Miranda Dickinson for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Whispering Stories
    January 1, 1970
    Phoebe Jones is off on the trip of a lifetime, a year out travelling. Her friends don’t think she will go through with it, heck, even Phoebe doesn’t think she can go through with it, that’s why she arrived stupidly early at St Pancras station to await her train to Paris, so nothing can make her change her mind.She didn’t expect there to be a delay with her train, well all trains heading from her station actually, a four-hour delay. This is not good, four hours gives Phoebe time to think and thin Phoebe Jones is off on the trip of a lifetime, a year out travelling. Her friends don’t think she will go through with it, heck, even Phoebe doesn’t think she can go through with it, that’s why she arrived stupidly early at St Pancras station to await her train to Paris, so nothing can make her change her mind.She didn’t expect there to be a delay with her train, well all trains heading from her station actually, a four-hour delay. This is not good, four hours gives Phoebe time to think and thinking is bad when you’re not sure you can go through with your plans.That is until she meets Sam. Sam is a musician on his way to Scotland. His train is delayed too and after a few joking moments between the pair, they settle in a cafe awaiting the trains to start running again. What they didn’t expect was for fate to intervene and for them to fall for one another in just a few hours.With plans already made, the pair decide that they both should continue on their journey’s but if they believe the spark is real then they are to meet again in a one year back at the station. With twelve months to get through and plenty of travelling, will the two meet again or was this just a fleeting moment never to happen again?The Day We Meet Again is a beautiful book told in the first person and dual narrative via alternative chapters, clearly labelled. I’m a believer in love comes when you least expect it, or when you are not looking for it and neither Phoebe or Sam were looking for love that fateful morning. They both were setting out on journey’s of a life-time, Phoebe travelling and visiting places in her favourite book, Sam to discover more about his father who left when he was just a child.The book was engaging and had me glued to the pages. Both of the main characters were likeable and interesting and their stories heartfelt, although I enjoyed Phoebe’s chapters slightly more as I loved reading about the places she visited. Neither had a straightforward twelve months, there were plenty of hiccups within them and I was keeping everything crossed that they would meet up again as they seemed perfect together.I was so engrossed in the story that I read it in just one sitting as I didn’t want to put the book down, this certainly doesn’t happen often to me. The Day We Meet Again is simply an amazing read and if you are a fan of romance novels then this is one to add to your list.
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  • Ruth
    January 1, 1970
    Phoebe and Sam meet when their trains are delayed at St Pancras and fall in love over a few hours - but are both going away for a year so agree to meet again in 12 months and keep in minimal contact til then. It's a bit like the 90s film Before Sunrise in some respects.It sounds like a delightful love story, and it sort of is, but it's utter fluff. Sam is from the Isle of Mull but I'm not convinced the author actually knows anything about Scotland - trains to Scotland don't go from St Pancras, s Phoebe and Sam meet when their trains are delayed at St Pancras and fall in love over a few hours - but are both going away for a year so agree to meet again in 12 months and keep in minimal contact til then. It's a bit like the 90s film Before Sunrise in some respects.It sounds like a delightful love story, and it sort of is, but it's utter fluff. Sam is from the Isle of Mull but I'm not convinced the author actually knows anything about Scotland - trains to Scotland don't go from St Pancras, so why is he there in the first place? She refers to "it'll be dark soon" about Mull in July (Scottish islands and long late nights in summer isn't exactly an unknown phenomenon, and what islander minds driving at night anyway?), and thinks Scottish school holidays are in August when they're in July. Phoebe is a 32 year old woman with enough tenacity to do a PhD, but can barely contemplate travelling to Paris alone despite no obvious reason for her anxiety (ie no mental health issues, just a bit pathetic) and her "adventures" are both unlikely and unexciting. There is no way that Sam is in the wrong at the end, and the long distance limited contact thing is ludicrous - the idea worked in the Before Sunrise because it was the 90s and the characters were students, it doesn't work 25 years later when the characters are adults separated only by the Channel, not the Atlantic.Too many plot holes, not enough charm.
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  • Karen Whittard
    January 1, 1970
    I love a good Miranda Dickinson book and have been a fan for quite some time now. This book is simply no exception. I absolutely love the two main characters in this book, I loved their love story and their separate adventures and all the people that we meet along the way. It was like a massive hug in book form and I simply loved it.
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  • Adele Shea
    January 1, 1970
    A Beautiful will they, won't they book that messes with your emotions and characters that you won't forget in a hurry.
  • Bookread2day
    January 1, 1970
    www.bookread2day.wordpress.comTwitter bookpage5Wow Miranda Dickinson tenth novel in ten years after her first novel flew out into the world. Do you believe in love at first sight? Do you believe in fate? Phoebe Jones is getting the train to Paris. Musician Sam Mullins is going to Isle of Mull. All trains have been cancelled, but no one seems to know why. By accident or fate Phoebe meets Sam who after talking to each other both decide to go for a coffee together. Oh that's when they fall in love. www.bookread2day.wordpress.comTwitter bookpage5Wow Miranda Dickinson tenth novel in ten years after her first novel flew out into the world. Do you believe in love at first sight? Do you believe in fate? Phoebe Jones is getting the train to Paris. Musician Sam Mullins is going to Isle of Mull. All trains have been cancelled, but no one seems to know why. By accident or fate Phoebe meets Sam who after talking to each other both decide to go for a coffee together. Oh that's when they fall in love. The kiss changes everything.Before they both go their separate ways to their train, they make plans to meet back at St.Pancress station in exactly twelve months time, when they have had their adventures and made their journey. But will they finally meet again in a years time if they still feel the same as things change and people change? The Day We Meet Again is a beautiful love story, with Sam and Phoebe chapters decidacted to each in turn throughout. If you're going to read a love story this has to be one of them.
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  • Escape into a Booksite
    January 1, 1970
    *DNF* ARC kindly received from Harlequin Australia, in exchange for an honest review. I just couldn't get into this one. I have picked it up and put it back down multiple times in an attempt to read it. Whilst the writing is quite good, the story is just not holding my attention.
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  • Emma (escapetothebookshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    Phoebe and Sam meet at St Pancras station by chance and it seems to be love at first sight. But, their lives are heading in opposite directions as they are both destined for their own separate adventures. They agree to meet again in the same place in a year's time if they want to be together. But where will their journeys take them and will they still feel the same about each other?I really liked the sound of this story as I've been really enjoying romcoms and romances lately. It was a really ni Phoebe and Sam meet at St Pancras station by chance and it seems to be love at first sight. But, their lives are heading in opposite directions as they are both destined for their own separate adventures. They agree to meet again in the same place in a year's time if they want to be together. But where will their journeys take them and will they still feel the same about each other?I really liked the sound of this story as I've been really enjoying romcoms and romances lately. It was a really nice idea and I would definitely recommend this book for an easy read, however it wasn't as good as some of the other romances I've read recently which is why I could only give this 3 stars. It dragged on a little too long and I didn't feel that engaged with Phoebe and Sam's individual stories; I sometimes found myself skim reading over parts which was a shame. I also found it hard to invest myself in Phoebe and Sam's connection as their initial meeting was quite brief. I wanted and needed a little more from the characters and the plot. Thanks to Netgalley and HQ for a free copy of the ebook in exchange for a review.
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  • thewoollygeek
    January 1, 1970
    Light and pleasant read, nice enough but just wasn’t as good as a lot of Miranda’s other books. I feel lots will really enjoy this and it was an entertaining read, just didn’t seem as magic or to flow as well as previous booksThanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
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  • Honestmamreader
    January 1, 1970
    ‘Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow.’ Mary Tyler MooreThe Day We Meet Again is a story of taking chances 😊 Phoebe Jones is setting off on an adventure 💼 Sam Mullins is going back to his roots, to figure out a family mystery 👨👩👦👦 They are both at St Pancras station when they meet...and fall in love at first sight 💓But, this is the day they have both decided to leave, in completely the opposite directions 🚃‘We’ll meet again at St Pancras station, a year from today. If we’re meant to ‘Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow.’ Mary Tyler MooreThe Day We Meet Again is a story of taking chances 😊 Phoebe Jones is setting off on an adventure 💼 Sam Mullins is going back to his roots, to figure out a family mystery 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 They are both at St Pancras station when they meet...and fall in love at first sight 💓But, this is the day they have both decided to leave, in completely the opposite directions 🚃‘We’ll meet again at St Pancras station, a year from today. If we’re meant to be together, we’ll both be there. If we’re not, it was never meant to be . . .’What then results is a story told from both Phoebe and Sam's point of view of their year apart 😊 will they still love each other by the end? And will they meet? 🤞🏻This was an engaging story of "will-they-wont-they' meet again. I enjoyed the different stories of their adventures. Sam's search for his father and revisiting his hometown was beautiful. I particularly liked the touching scene when Sam played his fiddle. Dickinson set the scenes well, and gave us a great image of where the characters were.'Everything sparkles in the sunshine and the streets are alive with colour, from brightly painted awnings to elegant window boxes on the terraces above shops and cafés.'I have to admit, there were times that I wanted to reach out and shake both of these characters (Phoebe in particular) and make them see sense. For two 32 year old adults, there were times that they acted very childish. Overall this story was a charming and pleasant read. 'A story of what-ifs and maybes – and how one decision can change your life forever…'
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  • Cressida McLaughlin
    January 1, 1970
    Such a wise, beautiful and heartfelt book. Oh my word! What a story.
  • Sam Still Reading
    January 1, 1970
    An insta-love story with an almost immediate forced separation? Count me in on that. Miranda Dickinson’s novel tells a story of two strangers who meet during a prolonged train delay and fall in love. (Don’t you wish that could happen to you during transport delays?) The problem is, both Phoebe and Sam are about to start big, important year long journeys. Neither of them had planned on allowing for a relationship to complicate their trips. But in the space of several hours, they decide that if th An insta-love story with an almost immediate forced separation? Count me in on that. Miranda Dickinson’s novel tells a story of two strangers who meet during a prolonged train delay and fall in love. (Don’t you wish that could happen to you during transport delays?) The problem is, both Phoebe and Sam are about to start big, important year long journeys. Neither of them had planned on allowing for a relationship to complicate their trips. But in the space of several hours, they decide that if they feel the same way about each other in exactly one year, they will meet again at St Pancras station. If they don’t…well, they don’t turn up. No hard feelings, right?It’s the start of a love story that just begs to be made into a movie. And in true movie style, Phoebe and Sam have made rules. They can send postcards to each other and texts with the occasional phone call. So it’s not quite the pining lack of contact that brings them back together at the end of the year. Rather, it’s the endless analysis of what he or she said or didn’t say that threaten to drive the couple apart before they’ve even properly started. Sam is off to find the father who left his life as a child and get over an awkward breakup. Phoebe is trying to spread her wings, gain confidence and live on a whim. Because they don’t really know each other that well, Sam doesn’t know that Phoebe tends to anxiously overanalyse everything and Phoebe isn’t aware that Sam can barely talk about feelings and his past. That’s where the fairy tale instant attraction love tends to wither rather quickly. With only limited contact, the pair hang on to every word of the other, examining it until they find a potential fault. Phoebe’s impetuous ‘I love you’ has Sam freaking out, followed by Phoebe convinced that she’s driving him away. Sam’s lack of in-depth discussion of finding his father has Phoebe convinced that he doesn’t want to tell her everything when Sam just doesn’t know how to say it.Told in alternating chapters by the main characters in first person, this analysis of the other’s words got a bit wearing for me. Knowing exactly what was going on, I found the rehash of Sam’s/Phoebe’s take on whatever the other had/hadn’t said repetitive. Perhaps this part of the story would have been better told in larger chunks by one character so the reader didn’t have the omnipotent view. Phoebe’s jitters, which didn’t have a clear reason, were also irritating sometimes. It would have been good to have some backstory as to why she was so cautious to be on her own, especially given Sam had a rather detailed background. To me, Phoebe came across as immature which didn’t match her age or her educational background (I have no idea how she managed to write her PhD thesis when she is so indecisive)!There are a lot of near misses in this book, especially towards the end. It’s a sweet idea, but bogged down by the continuous introspection and a lack of growth in Phoebe. Probably a good pool or plane read, but some nights I just couldn’t face the continuous revising of the characters’ actions towards each other.Thank you to Harlequin for the ARC of this book. My review is honest.
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  • Joanne
    January 1, 1970
    Phoebe and Sam meet by the Betjeman statue in a very crowded St Pancras station in London when all the trains have been delayed for hours. They feel an immediate spark between them, slipping easily into conversation as though they have known each other for years. The snag is that both are about to head off on grand adventures which will see them apart for a year. Despite only knowing each other a few hours, they sense that they are just right for each other and agree to meet in the same place ex Phoebe and Sam meet by the Betjeman statue in a very crowded St Pancras station in London when all the trains have been delayed for hours. They feel an immediate spark between them, slipping easily into conversation as though they have known each other for years. The snag is that both are about to head off on grand adventures which will see them apart for a year. Despite only knowing each other a few hours, they sense that they are just right for each other and agree to meet in the same place exactly a year on.‘We’ll meet again at St Pancras station, a year from today. If we’re meant to be together, we’ll both be there. If we’re not, it was never meant to be . . .’Oh how I loved the part of the book where Sam and Phoebe meet. It was just so romantic, the idea of them falling in love at first sight and feeling that strong connection so immediately just had me melting. I also loved their agreement - if it was meant to be, it would all work out for them. While they were apart, they agreed only to contact each other once a month. Well, that didn't last long and I did so enjoy their text messages as they began to get to know each other more.Sam was off to Mull for a year, the island where he was born, and part of what he wanted to achieve on his year out was to try to find out what had happened to his family way back when he was little. This is a place like many island communities where everyone knows everyone and Sam is sure that he will be able to uncover the mystery. I don't want to say too much about that so as not to spoil the plot, but will say it was quite an emotional journey that ends up bringing him right here to Edinburgh. It has been a long time since I have been to Mull but after reading Miranda Dickinson's descriptions of the island, it's very tempting to hop on a train myself and find a wee pub with a cosy fire and some folk musicians playing. And maybe get snowed as happens at one point although admittedly that's not likely this fine Autumn day!Phoebe's journey was rather more adventurous as she was spending a whole year travelling and working in Europe. This was a real challenge for her, and one many of her friends thought she wouldn't have the courage to do but she proved them wrong. It sounded like a great way to spend a year but also a bit scary. Her job restocking a library in Italy sounded idyllic. I liked the way that Phoebe seemed to grow more confident with each challenge she faced until one which just proved too much - I'll say no more!The author managed to keep up the whole 'will they, won't they' idea throughout the book, throwing in a few surprises along the way. I do feel that this would make a fantastic film, the kind that would have starred Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan when they were younger. It's a gorgeously romantic story to warm your heart and make you believe in the possibility of love at first sight.
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  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    This is a story of following your dreams, trusting fate and finding love.Phoebe is determined to prove her friends wrong. She's given up her job and is being brave - setting off on her travels alone. She's not really certain she's doing the right thing and then there are major hold ups and delays to the train she's due to catch. Delays which are made more bearable by a chance encounter with Sam. He's supposed to be travelling to Scotland but his train is also delayed. As they talk, they connect. This is a story of following your dreams, trusting fate and finding love.Phoebe is determined to prove her friends wrong. She's given up her job and is being brave - setting off on her travels alone. She's not really certain she's doing the right thing and then there are major hold ups and delays to the train she's due to catch. Delays which are made more bearable by a chance encounter with Sam. He's supposed to be travelling to Scotland but his train is also delayed. As they talk, they connect. However both are travelling for their own reasons. Both have dreams to fulfil and things they hope to achieve. Their instant love is mutual but they still have to part. They agree to keep in touch, but not often, and to meet again in a year. A lot can happen in a year. Will they meet again? Will their love stand the distance and time apart?It is a story of fate, possibilities, decisions and romance. A heartwarming contemporary romance with a difference. Will the year apart convince them to meet again or will it help them forget each other and their attraction? The story is really written in three parts - their initial meeting is the first part, next is what they did in their year apart, which is told from their alternating points of view, and what happens after the year. I really enjoyed the first and third parts more than the middle which seemed in comparison to be a more laborious section. It is a story filled with travel, investigations, friends and love that I really enjoyed escaping into and have no hesitation in recommending.I requested and was gifted a copy of this via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
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  • Rachel Gilbey
    January 1, 1970
    I would love to go to the cinema and watch this on the big screen, it would make a perfect film. The original meeting between Phoebe and Sam is wonderful, and I couldn't get enough of their instant dynamic, and easy conversation. If I could meet the love of my life in that sort of situation at St. Pancras Station I would be very happy.However they are travelling in different directions and each having a year out of their life for various reasons. Phoebe to travel around Europe and Sam to spend t I would love to go to the cinema and watch this on the big screen, it would make a perfect film. The original meeting between Phoebe and Sam is wonderful, and I couldn't get enough of their instant dynamic, and easy conversation. If I could meet the love of my life in that sort of situation at St. Pancras Station I would be very happy.However they are travelling in different directions and each having a year out of their life for various reasons. Phoebe to travel around Europe and Sam to spend time on the island he was born on, and reconnect with old friends. Although I enjoyed seeing what they both got up to in the year they apart, I just felt that the section was perhaps a bit too long, as it was the end of the trip and their anticipation and what happens a year later which is where I finally fully engaged my self back with the story. The last third or more was fabulous and I was continually surprised by the direction the book took. I adored the concept of the story and really enjoyed the story. I just wish I'd read it while I was on holiday, instead of the first book back when real life distractions meant I just couldn't read for as long as I would like each time. Sam and Phoebe's story is certainly memorable and will keep you on your tours. There is travelling which I always love in a book, a fab meet cute, some traditional Scottish music, painted pebbles, and some fabulous friendships, and other potential love interests too - as after all when did true love ever run smoothly? I mean what more could you want from a book! Another treat of a book from the always talented Miranda Dickinson. Thank you to HQ on Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily
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  • Elise
    January 1, 1970
    This book is light reading, a romantic holiday read to be consumed on the beach, by the pool, at the airport, on the plane. That said the concept of the two main characters meeting, falling in love and going their separate ways for a year was quite interesting. But where this book annoyed me (unfortunately from the very start) was the lack of accuracy in real life things like the Eurostar. Let me explain: the whole story starts at St Pancras, by the Betjeman statue on the upper level of the stat This book is light reading, a romantic holiday read to be consumed on the beach, by the pool, at the airport, on the plane. That said the concept of the two main characters meeting, falling in love and going their separate ways for a year was quite interesting. But where this book annoyed me (unfortunately from the very start) was the lack of accuracy in real life things like the Eurostar. Let me explain: the whole story starts at St Pancras, by the Betjeman statue on the upper level of the station. Phoebe and Sam meet there, the former is about to go to France, the latter to Scotland. The entrance to the Eurostar is NOWHERE NEAR the statue, trains to Scotland depart from Kings Cross. You do not catch a Eurostar like a normal train. These days it SO easy to get all the information you need without even going to the places you are describing, see: https://www.seat61.com/London-to-Pari...Author and editor, please do better! It's not hard to be accurate. This just annoyed me from the start.Also I think, the introspection is a little repetitive, the near misses a little too frequent and the story just a tad too long. Phoebe seems to get everything handed to her on a silver platter, sees the world through rose tinted spectacles. Yes Paris is lovely when you're only looking up at the pretty buildings, but it can be quite dirty and the metro stinks, especially in summer. Also she's done a PhD in English Lit after a horticultural qualification, erm, really? Not sure that's how the higher education system works... Maybe, if I'd been by the pool instead of on my commute I'd have been more forgiving, but do your research, make things accurate and you won't annoy your readers who've actually been to St Pancras if you're going to make it such a central part of your plot.
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  • ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received from Harper Collins Australia for an honest reviewThe Day We Meet Again has the feel of the movies Before Sunrise and Serendipity to it.Sam and Phoebe's meet cute had me adoring them right from the get go. Yes, this story is pure fluff, but sometimes that it just what the head and the heart want.There are many ups and down in their year away from each other, but they are each other's constant. I am not one for insta-love, however I could suspend belief for long enough to get into th ARC received from Harper Collins Australia for an honest reviewThe Day We Meet Again has the feel of the movies Before Sunrise and Serendipity to it.Sam and Phoebe's meet cute had me adoring them right from the get go. Yes, this story is pure fluff, but sometimes that it just what the head and the heart want.There are many ups and down in their year away from each other, but they are each other's constant. I am not one for insta-love, however I could suspend belief for long enough to get into this story.But will they still be?I enjoyed their postcards (wait, they still make postcards) and letters to each other, and makes it feel more real, that they are not just living it as a phone call away.I did get frustrated in the later part of the story - where is all the communication they have been doing for a year gone? At times, both Sam and Phoebe felt very immature for their ages - particularly Phoebe. I liked their sense of adventure, but sometimes came across as teenagers away from mummy and daddy for the first time.So whilst this was a light read that I kept on reading, however I don't think it is one I would race back to read again.
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  • Jesika
    January 1, 1970
    If you like books where characters fall instantly in love, then this is the book for you! Phoebe and Sam fall in love during a train delay at St Pancras station as both wait for trains destined to keep them apart for a year. Can they manage to keep that connection through that kind of distance and irregular contact?Phoebe is travelling Europe and finding the confidence in herself. Her journey was lovely and the notion of marking the moments of your life was something I would like to do better my If you like books where characters fall instantly in love, then this is the book for you! Phoebe and Sam fall in love during a train delay at St Pancras station as both wait for trains destined to keep them apart for a year. Can they manage to keep that connection through that kind of distance and irregular contact?Phoebe is travelling Europe and finding the confidence in herself. Her journey was lovely and the notion of marking the moments of your life was something I would like to do better myself. Her adventures in France and Italy had me itching to follow her and discover the same places.Sam is travelling to the Isle of Mull to retrace his childhood steps, get over a heartbreak and reconnect with his roots. His surprise at loving island life and the way he became part of a strong community showcases some of the best things life outside the city can offer.But is it realistic? I struggled with it, though I enjoyed their seperate journeys I didn't buy that they were fully in love or needed to test that love for some never properly explained reason. These two don't communicate well, and so I was never entirely sure that they were building foundations or holding on to something worthwhile.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    This was a very enjoyable and easy to relax into read. Sam and Phoebe are both well written characters who meet by chance when there is a delay at the train station where both are headed in different directions for a year, book loving Phoebe to follow in the footsteps of her favourite authors and Sam to track down the father who deserted him when he was nine. The spark between them compels them to keep in touch and agree to meet up in one years time. The story follows them over the next year and This was a very enjoyable and easy to relax into read. Sam and Phoebe are both well written characters who meet by chance when there is a delay at the train station where both are headed in different directions for a year, book loving Phoebe to follow in the footsteps of her favourite authors and Sam to track down the father who deserted him when he was nine. The spark between them compels them to keep in touch and agree to meet up in one years time. The story follows them over the next year and beyond and I think Miranda Dickinson told it in a believable manner, the characters develop well but both are flawed and very real and the story is well thought out. I really liked the direction this went in but don’t want to say too much and spoil the story!
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank the author, the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an ARC of this book. I found it to be an enjoyable story, I liked the characters and also that it wasn't straightforward.
  • Lyndsay
    January 1, 1970
    loved this book read this sunbathing in one go
  • Shirley
    January 1, 1970
    review coming soon
  • Shaz Goodwin
    January 1, 1970
    https://www.jerasjamboree.co.uk/roman...32 year old Phoebe Jones is off on a European adventure, travelling for a year. She’s having second thoughts which are only made stronger by the delay of all trains at St Pancras. Sam Mullins doesn’t do complications and he’s taking a year to go back to his childhood home on the Island of Mull. They have an instant connection and share as much as they can about each other while waiting to go their separate ways. Even if you don’t believe in fate you will b https://www.jerasjamboree.co.uk/roman...32 year old Phoebe Jones is off on a European adventure, travelling for a year. She’s having second thoughts which are only made stronger by the delay of all trains at St Pancras. Sam Mullins doesn’t do complications and he’s taking a year to go back to his childhood home on the Island of Mull. They have an instant connection and share as much as they can about each other while waiting to go their separate ways. Even if you don’t believe in fate you will believe that this was meant to be. 🙂 I loved both narrations and was engrossed in their separate lives as they learn about themselves, where they belong and life. Phoebe making new friends and experiencing the life of a local in the places that she stays and Sam on his quest to find out more about his childhood really is compelling. Phoebe’s burgeoning confidence is awesome! During the first half of the story I think I identified more with her purely because Sam had his barriers up and wouldn’t let us in. 🙂 The settings feel so real. I’ve been taken to Montmarte, Rome and Puglia with Phoebe. Sam has taken me to Edinburgh, Scotland and the Island of Mull. With both, Cornwall and London. What an itinerary!So I’m reading along, absorbed in their lives when bang! Woah. I didn’t see that coming. One decision really does change everything. Such an emotional read for the rest of the story. I wasn’t really sure where Miranda Dickinson was taking us. But I had quite a few tears. And what a tense run up to the ending! Totally wrung out emotionally and a sobbing wreck at the final scene. Perfection.So much to love in this story but especially:The gift from Luc and Tobi and how it is usedSquare Jehan-Rictus and the moment of epiphanyThe gift from Giana and the effect it hasThe musical/creative themeThe Day We Meet Again isn’t your usual will they/won’t they romance. There’s so much to experience on this romantic adventure that you don’t want to miss. Highly recommended.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    "It's not you, it's me" I picked this book up but it just didn't grab me in the way I wanted. Maybe I'm too cynical and jaded? I left it for a few weeks and tried again, but it was a real chore to finish it. I found everything (the characters, the plot, the scenery) just too naive and lacking any depth or substance. Unfortunately, just too much fluff to charm a blackened heart like mine. My thanks go to the publishers and Net Galley for the advanced copy in return for an honest review.
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  • Stacey Chin
    January 1, 1970
    What happens after Love at First Sight if you can’t actually be together? Sam and Phoebe meet at St Pancras station when their trains are delayed – he’s a musician heading to Scotland to search for some answers about his unhappy childhood, she’s headed to Europe to follow in the footsteps of the authors she studied during PhD in English literature and figure out what she wants to do with her life. They are immediately taken with each other but reluctantly decide to head off on their own adventur What happens after Love at First Sight if you can’t actually be together? Sam and Phoebe meet at St Pancras station when their trains are delayed – he’s a musician heading to Scotland to search for some answers about his unhappy childhood, she’s headed to Europe to follow in the footsteps of the authors she studied during PhD in English literature and figure out what she wants to do with her life. They are immediately taken with each other but reluctantly decide to head off on their own adventures. They agree to keep in touch and to meet again at St Pancras exactly a year later if they still feel the same. I think this was an interesting premise, and I liked the main characters immediately. I really enjoyed Sam’s half of the story – I thought both his character and his story arc were satisfyingly developed as he returns to Mull and looks for his deadbeat father. On the other hand, reading about Phoebe’s year was like scrolling through an Instagram influencer’s feed – she’s admittedly appealing, but she bounces from beautiful location to beautiful location where she is inevitably given free accommodation by the most wonderful hosts with nothing better to do than show her around town and throw her magical dinner parties. She encounters no real difficulties on her trip, yet somehow the reader is supposed to believe she’s had an amazing year of growth. Their year apart is marked by misunderstandings and overreactions which feels realistic though was occasionally tedious to read as the year went on. Despite this complaint, I did feel that the author effectively built tension and anticipation as they converge on St Pancras a year later, and was compelled to see how their story continued after that day. I would recommend this novel to readers looking for a light, feel-good love story with a fun premise and likeable characters.
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  • Anitajt
    January 1, 1970
    The truth is I’m not sure how I feel about this story, the characters meet and fall in love in a day and arrange to meet in a year at the same place after their travels. We then read their separate stories which I enjoyed but at the same time found frustrating, their near misses, their wrong choices and their insecurities over their feelings for each other. I won’t spoil the ending, let’s just say i felt it was a long time coming.Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for a copy of The truth is I’m not sure how I feel about this story, the characters meet and fall in love in a day and arrange to meet in a year at the same place after their travels. We then read their separate stories which I enjoyed but at the same time found frustrating, their near misses, their wrong choices and their insecurities over their feelings for each other. I won’t spoil the ending, let’s just say i felt it was a long time coming.Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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  • Jo Shaw
    January 1, 1970
    I found this book utterly charming. I loved the meeting of Phoebe and Sam and their instant connection. When they parted and went their separate ways it was realistic that so much would be read into the communications that they had, because it’s very easy online to misread something and put your own interpretation into the words used.I loved their individual journeys, particularly Sam’s search for his father. I also loved it when Phoebe met someone who paints stones. I have a friend who is a kin I found this book utterly charming. I loved the meeting of Phoebe and Sam and their instant connection. When they parted and went their separate ways it was realistic that so much would be read into the communications that they had, because it’s very easy online to misread something and put your own interpretation into the words used.I loved their individual journeys, particularly Sam’s search for his father. I also loved it when Phoebe met someone who paints stones. I have a friend who is a kindergarten teacher in the US who encourages her students to paint stones and leave them for others to find. She takes painted stones with her whenever she is travelling so that she can make an impact elsewhere, so this tied in perfectly with Phoebe’s experiences.There were plenty of ups and downs with this book, as well as twists and turns and missed moments that will keep you guessing until the end. I really felt that this exquisite novel would make a wonderful movie, and hope that someone notices it and does just that.Many thanks to Netgalley and HQ for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Tara
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, I know how this goes – or so I thought after reading the blurb.As it turns out, in the words of Ygritte from, Game of Thrones, “You know nothing, Tara Snow.”The Day We Meet Again by Miranda Dickinson had many up and downs and twists and turns - enough to keep me guessing.One of my favourite films is Before Sunrise (and to a lesser extent its sequel Before Sunset) and there are some similarities with this book so I already knew I liked the premise - although in the film they meet on a train a Oh, I know how this goes – or so I thought after reading the blurb.As it turns out, in the words of Ygritte from, Game of Thrones, “You know nothing, Tara Snow.”The Day We Meet Again by Miranda Dickinson had many up and downs and twists and turns - enough to keep me guessing.One of my favourite films is Before Sunrise (and to a lesser extent its sequel Before Sunset) and there are some similarities with this book so I already knew I liked the premise - although in the film they meet on a train and spend the day together (no spoilers) whereas in this book they meet at a train station and then go their separate ways for a year.When Sam and Phoebe first set eyes on each other I actually felt like I was there. I could almost feel the rush of air as people bustled by and hear the noise of the station. I felt the sense of calm that comes over them when they realise, somehow, they are made for each other. In that moment I believed in love at first sight but, as the story continued, I began to have my doubts.Miranda conjures up scenes that I would want to live in, friends that I would like to have in my life and a love that feels big enough to go the distance.I fear this is one of those books where, if you think about it too deeply, you could be put off.My advice? Don’t think. Suspend reality and simply enjoy.
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