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A love story that will break your heart but put it back together again from the author of The Songs of Us

Lost:
Six-foot-two Irish man who answers to the name Samuel McLaughlin.
Has weak shins and enjoys show tunes.
If found, please return to Sophie Williams.

Before Sophie met Samuel she saw the world in grey. 
Before Samuel met Sophie, he never believed in love at first sight.

When they first meet, something tells them they are meant to be.  
But fate has other ideas. 

Now they have lost each other and can't see a way back. 
But they've already changed each other's lives in more ways than they ever expected....

©2019 Emma Cooper (P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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  • Mrs. S. A. Thorpe
  • 11-10-19

Not disappointed

Ok the story is full of missed opportunities that just become a tad annoying but it was an overall good listen. Loved the performances especially Samuel’s Mum which made me lol on the tube 😊I wasn’t disappointed in my choice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-23-19

Every minute was superb

loved it! fantastic dual narrative to accompany an engaging and ncredibly moving plot throughout - highly recommend!

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  • D Tibbles
  • 10-04-19

Superb!

Absolutely adored this book, everything about it. Every character was just so likeable and by the end I was in love with Samuel’s family and had laughed and cried with them.

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  • Charlotte Davidson
  • 04-30-21

Fantastic book

Loved it. So many heart stopping moments. it was gripping, emotional and funny. Definitely recommend reading.

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  • Elizabeth Larvor
  • 01-07-21

Loved it!

This was such a lovely story, lots to drink in and kept me engaged throughout. I'm only sorry that it's ended. This is a story that would make a great chick-flick.

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  • Deven T
  • 10-09-20

Loved it !

I absolutely adored this book - I didn't want it to end ! The performances are good and the book is well written. It took a little while to get into it but once I did it was so so good. Definitely recommend.

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  • S.E.K.
  • 09-30-20

A beautiful trip on the rollercoaster of life.

Emma Cooper, writes with such depth and emotion. She can literally make you laugh, then cry, all on the same page.
Sophie and Samuel, fall madly in love. Then through a series of misunderstandings and life’s cruel blows, they lose eachother. Can they find eachother again, before it’s too late?
This book is a rollercoaster of emotions. It literally made me laugh and cry.
Emma Cooper’s description of disability, is empathetic, well informed and true to life.
If this book doesn’t touch your heart, you may well be made of stone.
An absolutely brilliant, warm, witty and heartbreaking read.

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  • Kayleigh
  • 06-28-20

Not what I expected!

Not what I expected... It was even better! I won't say too much as it had lots of twists and turns but let's say this, I always listen to audible in the car for about 30 minutes a day and that's enough for me, but I finished this in ONE day.

It was read well, it made me sad, it made me laugh, it felt right when it ended.

I LOVED IT

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  • barbara w robinson
  • 05-23-20

The Best

I absolutely loved this story, It’s the best audible book I’ve heard since I joined Audible, I hope it’s not a “one off” from Emma Cooper.

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  • Jacqueline Torr
  • 05-15-20

Fantastic

I loved this - such a great story and brilliant narration! I did get slightly frustrated with all the missed opportunities but it was worth it in the end! The narrators were superb.

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  • Sandra C
  • 07-15-20

Never assume

Well kids, this heart wrenching and emotional story has a moral.
Never assume.
It makes an ass out of u & me and potentially gets you blown up, unemployed and lonely.
Emma Cooper's elegant writing style is reminiscent of the classics. The eloquence of language and descriptions of objects, people, feelings and even seasons gives richness and depth to the story to the point where the reader can't not feel true connection with the characters and their journeys.
But at the heart of the story is misunderstanding and life altering decisions made based on assumptions and the failure to communicate.
This book had me cursing the author for writing such cruel fates and circumstances for both Sam and Sophie. That said, it wouldn't have been the great story it was if either of them had simply asked for explanations of the other in the very first place.
The excruciating situations had my mind whirling and my anxiety almost sent me to the end of the book to verify that the outcome at the ending would be worth the perseverance.
The back story of Sophie's mother lends an added dimension of deep love and loss that seems to underpin the premise of the book. But then the bond she has with Helen is warm, tender and caring. Mr and Mrs McLaughlan simply made me laugh out loud and Charlie's story made me weep.
Performances by Aidan Kelly and Helen Keeley were top notch, although Helen's Irish accent could use some work.
Highly recommend this book.