Ruby’s life is about to change for ever…
After years of dating losers, cheats and one guy who did something unrepeatable to her kettle, Ruby has all but given up on romance. But then a stranger sits next to her on a train to London and explains his plan to propose to the woman of his dreams. Maybe true love does exist after all?
When the man accidentally leaves the engagement ring behind, Ruby is determined to save the day. But she hasn’t counted on fellow passenger Curtis stepping in and insisting he should be the one to track the stranger down.
As summer closes in, the unlikely pair make a promise to reunite the ring with its owner. But can they find their own happy ever after along the way?
Bella has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel. Since then she’s written seven best selling romantic comedies and she’s been shortlisted three times for the RNA Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year Award.
Bella’s stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. She lives in The Midlands, UK with her husband, daughter and a cat who thinks she’s a dog. When not writing Bella is usually eating custard creams and planning holidays.
Ruby Edwards began working at a flower shop, Bloom with a View, in Sheffield three years ago for her boss turned best friend, Kim. At 35-years-old, she is tired of dating losers and is ready to figure out the next steps in her life, even if she has to do them alone. When she takes a train to London to start this new journey, she first runs into Curtis Walker, a technical consultant from Sheffield that frequently travels to London. She is sitting in his seat on the train, so their relationship starts a little rocky. When Ruby moves seats, she sits next to another man, Lewis, who is on his way to London to propose to his girlfriend at the London Eye. When Lewis borrows Ruby’s phone and misses the train, Ruby is determined to not only try to get her phone back, but to reunite Lewis with his ring. Curtis ends up roped into the quest and both he and Ruby go through many crazy adventures in attempts to try and get the ring back to Lewis.
While the main story is about Ruby and Curtis trying to reunite the engagement ring with Lewis and getting to know each other along the way, there is a side story featuring Kim. Adrian is a regular customer that comes in every Friday to pick up flowers for his wife and he and Kim hit it off and are interested in becoming friends. The two of them share a commonality which brings the two of them together. At first, I did not find myself interested in Kim’s story. This was mostly due to my mindset where the synopsis made it seem as if this is solely a story about Ruby. However, Kim grew on me and I loved her getting to know the dog, Boomer, and how her story developed.
The entire story is filled with many humorous moments and memorable characters. Ruby and Kim share an amazing friendship. I love how genuine they are and how they support the other. They may be at different points in their lives, two different ages, as Kim is older in her 40s, and have different goals, but they are both there for the other no matter the circumstance. While Ruby is more outgoing and embraces life, Curtis has a more reserved and matter-of-fact personality. He lacks social awareness, but is not malicious. He is a very kind and caring individual and I loved how Ruby helps to bring him slowly out of his shell. In turn, he gives Ruby a new perspective, so the two of them balance each other very well.
There is a nice sense of balance between the more humorous moments and the serious ones. While the general event of the engagement ring that starts the adventure is a little far-fetched (improbable, but still possible), it was well written and a joy to read. Ruby may be a more energetic happy character in many moments, but she is going through moments of loneliness and losing faith in love where she one believed in the concept of a happily ever after. The pacing of the story was great as there is a nice build up to reveal how everything comes together and keeps the reader captivated with some unexpected twists and turns. Overall, this was a very satisfying read and makes me want to do some dramatic openings with double doors. This novel was a delightful heart-warming read!
**I give a special thank you to Rachel @rararesources,, the publisher, Avon Books, and the author for the opportunity to participate with this enjoyable novel via Netgalley. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**