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Friday, 15 September 2017

#bookreview 31 Days of Wonder by Tom Winter


THE BLURB

'And in that instant, he knows in his heart that today is a momentous day; come what may, he and Alice will meet again, and life will never be the same.'

Alice is stuck in an internship she loathes and a body she is forever trying to change.

Ben, also in his early twenties, is still trying to find his place in the world.

By chance they meet one day in a London park.

Day 1
Ben spots Alice sitting on a bench and feels compelled to speak to her. To his surprise, their connection is instant. But before numbers are exchanged, Alice is whisked off by her demanding boss.

20 minutes later
Alone in her office toilets, Alice looks at herself in the mirror and desperately searches for the beauty Ben could see in her.

Meanwhile, having misunderstood a parting remark, Ben is already planning a trip to Glasgow where he believes Alice lives, not realising that they actually live barely ten miles apart.

Over the next 31 days, Alice and Ben will discover that even if they never manage to find each other again, they have sparked a change in each other that will last a lifetime. In 31 Days of Wonder, Tom Winter shows us the magic of chance encounters and how one brief moment on a Thursday afternoon can change the rest of your life.

Published; August 2017

Publisher; Corsair Books

Amazon UK   £14.99 hardback

Hive.co.uk - buy online and support your local bookshop   £11.79 hardback

MY REVIEW

Sometimes the simplest of stories make for the most enjoyable books, and this is definitely what happens when you are transported into this world!

I found this to be a really interesting, fun and quirky read as we follow the stories of Ben and Alice over a total of 31 days since they meet on a bench in a London park. The story flits between the two as they both deal with their own issues over the month, and it is a really fascinating story as they both discover things about themselves after their chance meeting.

Ben goes on the bigger journey as he becomes obsessed with Alice and all that she makes him feel. His quest to go to Glasgow to see her again takes over his life, but also makes him reconnect with his grandparents, and their story is quite a touching one as you delve further back into Ben and his past and you get to understand the way he is as you find out what he has been through. 

Alice is dealing with life in an office where she seems to be the butt of everyones jokes, and has very low self esteem. But the words of Ben on that day make her start believing in herself more and just that boost to her confidence helps her deal with some awkward moments. Her parents are a cause for many of these awkward moments for her and their behaviour explains a lot!! 

This is a book that features 2 socially awkward characters with hearts of gold, and how the impact of others can help or hinder their progress in their lives. There are many fun moments mixed in with more heartbreaking times and I loved how refreshing and endearing both characters were. Their stories are perfectly captured by the author and I have found myself thinking of them even after finishing the book a couple of days ago!

Thank you to the publishers and netgalley for the early e-arc in return for a fair and honest review.


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