Book Review: Last Time We Met by Emily Houghton #TheLastTimeWeMet #RandomThingsTours @EmilyJHoughton @TransworldBooks @RandomTTours

Synopsis

ONE PROMISE
Aged thirteen, best friends Eleanor and Fin are inseparable. They are convinced that it will always be this way. But to be sure, they make a pact to always be there for each other. And of course, they’ll get married if they’re both 35 and single.

TWO DECADES
Eleanor and Fin haven’t spoken in fifteen years. They live on different continents, but more than an ocean separates them. Everything has changed since the last time they met.

CAN THEY STILL KEEP THEIR WORD?
So, when newly single Fin reappears, there’s no way they can keep their promise. Is there?

My Review

Eleanor and Finn have been best friends since they can remember. When they were 13 years old they planned their lives together and made promises to each other which quickly turned into a pact. They would go to the same university, move to London together, rent a flat together and as they got older they would always live within 20 minutes of each other. They also entered into a pact that if they were both single when they were 35 years old they would marry each other. They both signed a contract to this effect but life had other plans for them. Fast forward several years later and Eleanor now aged 34 finds herself single after her long term relationship ended. It just so happens that Finn is also newly single and returning to the UK after being away for years. Eleanor and Finn drifted apart and haven’t seen each other or been in touch for two decades. How will they react to seeing each other again? Can all promises be kept or are some promises never meant to be fulfilled?

As someone who loved reading Before I Saw You which was one of my favourite reads of 2021, I couldn’t wait to read this book. The author has done it again with another book which has also become a firm favourite. I adored the storyline. It was well written, full of emotion and pulled at my heart strings. The storyline flitted between the past and the present, switching between Eleanor and Finn’s narrative. It was sad to see how they played such a big part in each other’s lives until they drifted apart. But that first meeting after so many years was awkward at first but their connection was still there. From the outset it was clear that Eleanor liked Finn more than just a friend but Finn didn’t appear to see Eleanor as anything other than a friend. When I read the chapter about Eleanor when she was aged 16 my heart truly broke for her. But despite this Eleanor was always there for Finn especially as they grew older and looked after him when alcohol started to play a big factor in Finn’s life. There were times when I just wanted to grab both of the characters especially Finn and say that what they were looking for was staring them in the face. But this is a perfect example of how sometimes life works in that that you can’t always see what’s right in front of you.

I think that Finn’s background and his relationship with his parents had an impact on him both mentally and emotionally but at the same time it had an adverse impact on his relationship with Eleanor. So although Finn was running away from his family and himself he was also running away from Eleanor and their relationship which caused further distance between them.

I was quite anxious to see what would happen at the end but the ending was everything I was hoping for.

A book full of emotion, childhood promises, heart breaking decisions and a story that will never leave you long after you’ve turned the last page!

Author Bio

EMILY HOUGHTON is the author of Before I Saw You. She is an Essex girl at heart, but now spends most of her time between London and Suffolk. Emily worked in digital product management at Tesco and Barclays for seven years, and it was during a sabbatical from work, travelling around India, that her first book was born; the first draft is still written on her phone!

After a whirlwind few months, Emily quit her corporate job to live her dream of writing full-time. A true Gemini at heart, she’s got many interests and is a trained spin and yoga teacher. She has a curiosity for life and a passion for all things well-being, one day hoping to create her own retreat space with a lot of dogs! Her writing, while centeringaround love stories, often touches on deeper emotional themes such as self-love, healing and the power of finding yourself.

Emily says: “Last Time We Met is a story of love, loss and enduring friendship. How sometimes the things that aren’t said are the words we need to hear the most; and how forgiving others is nowhere near as important as forgiving ourselves.”

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