Stephanie doesn’t believe in fate, true love or living happily ever after. She’s content enough being engaged to Matt. But then she meets Jamie, who understands her more than anyone else ever has.
Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Helen and believes in everything Stephanie doesn’t. So why does he have such a strong connection with Stephanie?
When Stephanie and Jamie meet one fateful weekend in 2006 it will change everything…
Ten years. Two people. One epic love story.
This is such a lovely, sentimental romantic novel, which doesn’t border on the cheesy or ridiculous. It actually seemed quite realistic and the characters were the type of people you may come across in everyday life, which is actually quite rare in romantic novels I think. One thing I can’t stand is when you’re reading a romantic novel and the scripture sounds just like it’s come from “Gone With The Wind” or something – when you read it and think “But no-one would say that really, would they?”. I once read a quote by Russell T Davies (script writer extraordinaire) who said that he hated it when two characters are arguing and when one character leaves the room or walks away, the other just angrily shouts the name of the person who’s left (“Rickaaaayyy” immediately springs to mind…). I can relate wholeheartedly with this (although I didn’t actually notice this until I read this quote). This seems to lack that sort of cliche and really made me feel like I was reading the story of two real people.
One extra touch I did enjoy immensely is that there is a Spotify playlist that accompanies the novel. It can be found on Spotify by searching “The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper” in the search bar. It’s something I haven’t really seen this before and it added a real interactivity to the story. There are several references to these songs throughout and I personally find music really resonates with me (excuse the pun) so this really added to my enjoyment.
If you are after an interesting romantic novel which doesn’t follow the stereotypical “boy meets girl” route – yes I realise that’s contrary to the title of the book! – then this is highly recommended!
Roxie Cooper lives in Yarm, a pretty little market town in the North-East.
After reading Classics at Newcastle University, she realised she needed
a break from studying Latin, Ancient Greek and all that serious stuff, so
naturally, she became a dancer in a nightclub (à la Coyote Ugly) for a few
years before going to live in Australia. When she returned, she swapped
dancing on a bar, to practising at the Bar, and became a barrister for 7 years.