Portia MacIntosh comes to the blog today with a contemporary woman’s fiction circling around a group of university friends as they move on in
The Time of Our Lives
Now in her early thirties, Luca is feeling just slightly as if time has moved on without her, particularly when an invitation to one of her uni friend’s weddings appears. Always the single one, and with no real prospects of that changing anytime soon, it’s time to pick up with the gang and see how things have changed for everyone else. And more than anything else, this light and quick read is a testament to the power of friendship and the effects of choices made years ago on the present day. With plenty of laughter, memories and lots of long-held secrets revealed, the dramas in this are low as these are real friendships not determined or decided by proximity or constantly seeing one another. These friends allow for missteps, don’t worry about position in the now, and always refer back to the fun and support they all shared years ago.
The story mixes past moments with present: each character is introduced and presented with enough background to show the progression of who they were to who they are, without missteps. The refreshing nature of a supportive set of friends, with little actual drama but plenty of moments both laugh out loud and cringe-worthy kept the read pleasant and flowing. While there are no great surprises here, and only a touch of ‘love’ interests, the progression of the story felt natural and kept me cheering Luca onward as she, although later than the others, tries to find her own way into growing up and starting to actually live the life she hoped for (or dreamed of) so many years ago. Easy to read and sure to leave you smiling – this is a perfect hideaway weekend read, guaranteed to leave you refreshed and relaxed.
Title: The Time of Our Lives
Author: Portia MacIntosh
Genre: British, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Friendship, Setting: Britain
Published by: HQ Digital
Published on: 12 April, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Love is in the air…?
Luca is used to being the ‘single one’ at weddings – it happens, when all your other friends are engaged, married or taken. But when she bumps into Tom, her friend from university who broke her heart into a million pieces, she finds herself wondering what could have been.
It’s ten years later, surely she should be over that Tom by now? So why is he looking even more gorgeous than ever – and why doesn’t he seem to be able to keep his eyes off her either?
And as the champagne flows and old secrets resurface, Luca realises that perhaps the time to take a chance on love and life is…now?
The laugh-out-loud new novel from bestseller Portia Macintosh!
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.
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