Something a little bit different from me on the blog today. I have lots of books sitting on my TBR that I pre-ordered this year and still haven’t got round to reading. I am big fan of Beth O Leary and I hope to pick this one up properly in the next few weeks. For today, here’s a blurb and a sneak peak at the ‘first lines’!
Addie and her sister are about to embark on an epic road trip to a friend’s wedding in the north of Scotland. The playlist is all planned and the snacks are packed.
But, not long after setting off, a car slams into the back of theirs. The driver is none other than Addie’s ex, Dylan, who she’s avoided since their traumatic break-up two years earlier.
Dylan and his best mate are heading to the wedding too, and they’ve totalled their car, so Addie has no choice but to offer them a ride. The car is soon jam-packed full of luggage and secrets, and with three hundred miles ahead of them, Dylan and Addie can’t avoid confronting the very messy history of their relationship…
Will they make it to the wedding on time? And, more importantly… is this really the end of the road for Addie and Dylan?
“The road of friendship never did run smooth, is what I’m saying,” Marcus tells me, fidgeting with his seat belt.
This is my first experience of a heartfelt apology from Marcus, and so far it has involved six cliches, two butchered literary references and no eye contact. The word sorry did feature, but it was preceded by I’m not very good at saying, which somewhat undermined its sincerity.
I shift up a gear. “Isn’t it the course of true love that never did run smooth? A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I believe.”
We’re by the twenty-four hour Tesco. It’s half four in the morning, the air thick with duvet-darkness, but the bland yellow light from the shop illuminates the three people in the car in front as if they’ve just moved into a spotlight. We’re close behind them, both following the slow, rattling path of a lorry ahead.
For a flash of a second, I see the driver’s face in the rear view mirror. She reminds me of Addie – if you think about someone enough, you start to see them everywhere.