This is one of those books that is perfect approach the New Year with. A book with a message. A book that challenges you to be a better version of yourself and look for the ways in which you can touch other people's lives.
Jenna, Adam and Nate all have their issues. They are all lost in one way or another and in desperate need of a pair of hands to save them... or even two pairs. Giselle Green approaches the potentially heavy subject-matters of PTSD, isolation, bullying and loneliness with a lightness of touch that makes the story absorbing and even funny in places.
There are moments where you really have to let the suspension of disbelief carry you along- but I was enjoying the characters so much by this point, the slightly more far-fetched elements of the plot around the school and care system for Adam didn't bother me unduly.
Jenna is a fantastic character, and one I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with. She's strong, feisty and incredibly warm. Both Nate and Adam's difficulties had me gripped and rooting for their happy-ever-afters.
I won't go into the story-line as the blurb (below) tells you all you need to know- but this tale of three strangers with the power to save each other is an intensely emotional and heartwarming read.
Handsome, 27-year old, Nate Hardman is a frontline reporter with a big problem. Suffering from shell-shock and unable to leave his house, he’s already lost his social life and his girlfriend. Now his career prospects are sinking fast.
9 year-old Adam Boxley who lives alone with his ageing nan, also has big problems. Neglected at home and bullied at school, he’s desperate to reach out to his dad – and that’s when he sends his first letter to Nate. Only Nate’s not who he thinks he is. Will he help? More importantly – can he?
Across town meanwhile, caring but impulsive teacher Jenna Tierney really wants to help Adam - except the feisty redhead has already had enough of teaching. Recently hurt by yet another cheating boyfriend, Jenna’s now set her sights on pursuing a dream career abroad ... only she’s about to meet Nate - her dream man who’ll make her re-think everything.
The big question is; can three people desperate to find love, ever find happiness when they’re only connected by one big lie?