Monday, June 6, 2011
Title: Wish You Were Here
Author: Phillipa Ashley
Publishers: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: Trade Paperback
Release Date: June 2011
How I read it: Trade Paperback ARC
Rating: 4.5 Crowns
Beth Allen has moved on…
It’s been eight years since she and Jack Thornfield met on an exotic holiday and sparked up a seriously promising romance. But then he disappeared without a trace, and Beth’s life got complicated.
Then Jack and Beth run into each other again… while she’s applying for an exciting new job in London-at his company. For necessity’s sake, but against her better judgment, she takes the job, and from that moment on, complicated doesn’t even begin to describe it…
(from the back of the arc)
What if you applied for an unbelievably brilliant job, only to find out when you were being interviewed that the company was ran by your ex-boyfriend? Not only is he your ex, he’s the same ex who vanished from your life without rhyme or reason, he did not even leave you a simple goodbye post-it note. Because of certain financial circumstances, you have to accept the job, now you are confined in the same building-the same floor- with the man who broke your heart. You tell yourself that you have moved on. That this is a simple business agreement; you are to be treated strictly as a colleague. Funny, when you thought of the word colleague, you never envisioned that would mean sharing your boss’ flat on the same night you accepted the job.
Eight years have passed by since Beth Allen last laid eyes on Jack Thornfield, the man she met and fell head-over-heels for on an exotic vacation in Corsica, now she finds herself standing in front of him in waiting to be interviewed. Pushing aside that last eight years, she is determined that she will make this job work. Yet when she finds that she will be headed back to Corsica to check out the trip for her exploration company, she never imagined that Jack would be along for the ride. Things go from complex to complicated when the two other trekkers flee from the trail, leaving only Jack and her. Will the two be able to sort out the mess he made eight years ago?
This was one of the best books that I have read. A breezy summer read with a brilliant plot and characters that shine. I simply could not find fault with this book and I devoured it in tone sitting.
The plot- WOW! I love the idea of two ex-lovers being placed together in a work environment. Both having to act as though they have just met, yet both experiencing these feelings that are undeniable. Then returning to the place in which they fell in love. I was simply brilliant.
The characters- I loved both Beth and Jack. They were a matching set divided, struggling to find their way back together. You could feel the tension and the longing, as well as the hurt. Very well composed. The same goes for the secondary characters, they all seemed to fit comfortably into the story without feeling forced or out of place.
Overall: Would I read this again? Most definitely!
I do have to say that I wished this book were a bit longer due to the fact I hated to see it end. It was truly one of those books that could have gone on forever.
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Royal Reviewer Angela Renee at 5:59 AM