What are the odds that the stranger sitting next to you on a plane is destined to change your life? Especially when they appear to be your opposite in every way. She's a lifelong optimist; he's a resolute cynic. In the time it takes to fly from London to Chicago, each finds something in the other that they didn't even realise they needed. When they get off the plane their true journey begins....
©2013 Adele Parks (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
"Wonderfully plotted, moving and insightful...this is Parks’ best yet…shot through with funny, tender and observant moments." (Daily Mail)
"She is a particularly acute observer of relationship ups and downs, and her stories are always as insightful as they are entertaining." (Daily Mirror)
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Not really,to be fair this is not my usual genre. I went off on a whim and chose this as it was an audible recommended read. I do not recommend it particularly. I didn't really care for most of the characters, it was very cliched towards the end, and made a lot of the classic mistakes you are always told not to do when story-writing. Also, the style of narration was a bit annoying. Short sentences and that annoying inflection at the end of each sentence, like it was a question! Particularly with Joanna's character.
The book Thief or Jeanette Wintersons "Why be happy when you can be normal"
"Chick lit with a twist!!"
Really interesting story of how one bad person can detrimentally effect the lives of so many.
slow to start but thought it was a great story and funny in parts good
I loved the characters. It was hopeful and had a feel good factor. Also had some unexpected twists & turns.
"Quick and Easy holiday read"
I chose this book as a quick and easy, brain dead holiday read and it served its purpose.
It tells the story of Joanna and Dean, two very different people from very different families meeting on a transatlantic flight. In the time it takes to fly from London to Chicago these two strangers change the direction of each other’s lives.
Joanna, a thirty something hopeless romantic, thinks life is passing her by. She is set to sabotage the wedding of her ex-fiancé that she believes she wrongly jilted a few years earlier and wants to get together again. Despite Dean's best efforts to remain a stranger, Joanna confides in Dean but his initial disinterest is fuelled by his own issues stemming from his tragic early life and propensity to treat women as disposable.
The story is told from the perspective of both Joanna and Dean, as well as skipping back decades to look at their parents' stories and the way their very different upbringings have shaped their personalities. The story is slow to take off and even when it does, it doesn't reach any dizzy heights. I haven't read any other books by Adele Parks and, based on this book, I am not sure I ever will.
Really loved it. A great mix of characters and a lovely story. get some tissues ready, though!
Good narrator, lovely easy listen. Sad ending. I liked both Jo and Dean and wanted so much for them to be happy!
Enjoyed this audiobook. It leads you along a path to where the ending seems preordained.
No so !!
The plane conversations
Easy on the ear
Never do this
"The state were in"
Not read one of this authors books but found it quite good explitic, and the ending was surprising .
Loved big parts of it, specially from when they get on plane. Not my fave type of twists. Narrator ok but pretty poor in parts - would like to hear Adele's fab books done justice instead of very halting delivery, often with weird splitting up if sentences- annoying. Ould listen to more from adele herself tho . Lovely lady x
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