Monday, October 27, 2014

For Once In My Life by Marianne Kavanagh

5 Star

Everyone has a soul mate... but what if you never find each other?

Meet Tess. A vintage clothes–obsessive, she’s trapped in a frighteningly grown-up customer relations job she loathes. Still, she’s been dating the gorgeous accountant Dominic since university, and has a perfectly lovely flat, which she shares with her best friend, Kirsty. But if her life is so perfect, why does she tear up whenever anyone mentions her future?

Meet George. He’s a brilliant jazz musician who spends almost as much time breaking up fights between his bickering band mates as he does worrying about his ailing father and living up to his stockbroker girlfriend’s very high expectations. For a guy who has always believed in romance, the grim practicalities of twenty-something life have come as something of a shock. Seemingly always on the verge of a big break, he’s looking for something more...something special.

They just might be two halves of one perfect whole. Now, if only they could manage to cross paths...

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For Once In My Life is a completely original take on love and those missed connections. I loved this story from the beginning. I had originally spotted it on an author’s Facebook page as it was what she was reading at the time and because I love what she writes, I knew that I had to give it a chance. And am I ever happy that I did!

Now that I am happily partnered up and with a family, I know that we were in many places at the same time and also that we had many friends in common so this story of missed opportunities was something I found interesting as I could easily imagine it happening to anyone, even in my very own life.

I don’t know if I agree with the concept of soulmates though I do know that people connect in special ways and I can tell that these two characters had a deep connection despite all the reasons that they might never had connected. Sometimes I found it frustrating when Tess and George would miss meeting up by some circumstance out of their control so once they finally did meet up, I had already been anticipating the moment for what felt like ages.

I absolutely loved the unique way Kavanagh described things. It was extremely enjoyable for me to read every sentence because you never knew what she would say next. For Once In My Life was funny and entertaining. It reiterated for me that sometimes it takes awhile to find the one you love and that many many things can happen along the way.

Another astonishing debut for me! 

Thank you to Atria Books for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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