Kathryn Freeman returns to the blog with a lovely story of second chances and finding your future with
Mr Right Across the Street
Mia left her family home to get away from a former boyfriend, and to spread her wings a bit. Not like the others – she’s strictly a converse and quirky t-shirted girl, unapologetically a geek who builds websites for a living. Moving from home and her support system has been difficult and pushes from her sister and mother to “get out there” as they check in on her meeting new people and making friends is pushing Mia to step outside of her comfort zone. If it isn’t at 10 in the morning. For at that time, she’s watching her neighbor (covertly) as he works out in front of his window.
But only knowing one person in her building and feeling that the pensioner also needs to get out – she’s determined to find somewhere for them to go and enjoy what Manchester has to offer. The little bar near her home is convenient and she’s gathered her courage and gone in – only to see that her green-tipped hair, t-shirt and leggings are far from the ‘normal’ for the tightly dressed, coiffed and polished women in there – all clamoring for time with the bartender – the one who just happens to be her work-out neighbor. He’s intrigued by Mia – her laughter, her confidence, her no-nonsense responses to his flirting and lines….
Luke went from bartender to owner of the bar and has worked tirelessly to make it a success. With margins tight and his own energies more suited to keeping the bar running, his own issues with commitment and lack of time also meant that he’s never lacking for female companionship – albeit all without strings and commitment. It’s only with Mia that he wants more – if he can only convince her that he’s willing (and able) to change. This story was adorable, and you can understand, empathize with and even justify the behaviors of both Mia and Luke, and still find moments where you want to shake them both. Throughout100 things to see and do in Manchester, Mia and Luke tentatively take steps into friendship and more – and with the inclusion of friends, family and plenty of soul-bearing, we see that the two are meant to be in a relationship. There are ups, downs and sideways moves, a few naysayers and blasts from the past – but the story ends as it should and is sure to leave you with a smile.
Title: Mr Right Across the Street
Author: Kathryn Freeman
Genre: British, Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Dual Narration, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain
Published by: One More Chapter
Published on: 22 January, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Mia Abbott’s move to Manchester was supposed to give her time and space from all the disastrous romantic choices she’s made in her past. But then the hot guy who lives opposite – the one who works out every day at exactly 10 a.m., not that Mia has noticed thank-you-very-much – starts leaving notes in his window…for her.
Bar owner Luke Doyle has his own issues to deal with but as he shows Mia the sights of her new city he also shows her what real romance looks like for the first time. And when he cooks up a signature cocktail in her honour, she realises that the man behind the bar is even more enticing than any of his creations. And once she’s had a taste she knows it will never be enough!
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.