Today’s feature is a recent download: Miss You (e-book), by Kate Eberlen, a witty, poignant, and uplifting story of two lives crisscrossing over the years, with near miss after near miss…
Intro: (One – Tess) – August 1997
In the kitchen at home, there was a plate that Mum bought on holiday in Tenerife with a handpainted motto: Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
It had never registered with me any more than Dad’s trophy for singing, or the New York snow dome my brother Kevin sent over one Christmas, but that last day of the holiday, I couldn’t seem to get it out of my head.
Teaser: Half an hour before, I’d felt so grown up with my new haircut and styling, but now, as I sat on the bus home, it was as if I’d gone right back to our first school disco, watching all the boys dare each other to ask Doll to dance as if I didn’t even exist (p. 257).
Synopsis: A wryly romantic debut novel with echoes of One Day that asks, what if you just walked by the love of your life, but didn’t even know it?
“TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.” Tess can’t get the motto from her mother’s kitchen knickknack out of her head, even though she’s in Florence on an idyllic vacation before starting university in London.
Gus is also visiting Florence, on a holiday with his parents seven months after tragedy shattered their lives. Headed to medical school in London, he’s trying to be a dutiful son but longs to escape and discover who he really is.
A chance meeting brings these eighteen-year-olds together for a brief moment—the first of many times their paths will crisscross as time passes and their lives diverge from those they’d envisioned. Over the course of the next sixteen years, Tess and Gus will face very different challenges and choices. Separated by distance and circumstance, the possibility of these two connecting once more seems slight.
But while fate can separate two people, it can also bring them back together again. . . .
What do you think? Would you keep reading?