Author: Lia Louis
Publication Date: September 28, 2021
Obtained: publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Bottom Line: Not just a light romance
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Summary: On a snowy evening in March, thirty-something Noelle Butterby is on her way back from an event at her old college when disaster strikes. With a blizzard closing off roads, she finds herself stranded, alone in her car, without food, drink, or a working charger for her phone. All seems lost until Sam Attwood, a handsome American stranger also trapped in a nearby car, knocks on her window and offers assistance. What follows is eight perfect hours together, until morning arrives and the roads finally clear. The two strangers part, positive they’ll never see each other again but fate, it seems, has a different plan. As the two keep serendipitously bumping into one another, they begin to realize that perhaps there truly is no such thing as coincidence.~amazon.com
Review: Fate has a weird way of interrupting our lives, just ask Noelle Butterby who is stuck on a road due to a blizzard and was completely unprepared. Most of us would probably enjoy it (if our phone was charged) to just chill out a little but Noelle is stressed out because she cares for her mom and wasn't planning on being gone this long. Plus her reason for being where she is was also emotional for her. Enter Sam Attwood, handsome and helpful who allows Noelle to hang in his car to charge his phone. Eight hours is a long time to spend with someone without any other distractions, so Sam and Noelle talk for that time and get to know each other. When the roads open, Sam drives off for Noelle to never see him again.
Except their paths keep crossing over the next year but neither of them is ready to admit to their feelings for each other. Ok well Noelle might be, but she's fallen back in with her former paramour, Ed. It's really easy to fall into past comfort. Plus, Noelle is dealing with a lot taking care of her mom, her best friend and her irresponsible brother, Dilly.
Sam is dealing with his own issues with his dad and his own past. In other words, they both have baggage that they are working through. Yet fate keeps putting them together. The best part is how it all comes together at the end. I actually had to reread a little bit because it was such an "AH HA".
This is a great romance novel that deals with some serious issues, but Ms. Louis incorporates them so well into the novel and it isn't preachy.