I never really connected with the Time Traveller’s Wife. When everyone else was devouring it and declaring it a masterpiece I just shrugged my shoulders. It was a good story but it really didn’t speak to me. Reading The Sight of You I think I finally understood what everyone else saw in that other book. It didn’t just speak to me it shouted in my ear and forced me to sit up and take notice.
Callie runs a small local cafe. It’s not her dream job but it makes her pretty happy and she gets to have her dog Murphy by her side all day. When she has a customer walk out without paying she’s prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt although her colleague insists it was deliberate. Proving her right Joel returns to pay for his coffee and they strike up an unlikely friendship. He’s a sleep deprived, unemployed loner who goes everywhere with his notebook while she is a bright ray of sunshine who revels in the beauty of nature. An unlikely couple but soon they are inseparable. But Joel has a secret and it is one that he finds it incredibly difficult to share.
Holly Miller has created the most perfect of love stories. One that will soothe the soul before ripping the still beating heart straight from your chest. It’s not a book to read in public. For the last hour of the book I had quiet tears streaming down my face. Bizarrely, it was only after I’d finished the book that it actually hit me. Standing in the shower thinking about the story I was suddenly sobbing. Not pretty little tears either, big lip quivering sobs. I haven’t been touched like that by a book in a long time. One of the best fiction debuts of the year so far.
Supplied by Net Galley and Hodder & Stoughton in exchange for an honest review.
UK publication date: Jun 11 2020. 352 pages.
Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.