“I’ve found myself a kind man, Mum, a man who understands who I am.”
Title: Miss You
Author: Kate Eberlen
I’m currently off on maternity leave, cooking my first born son – the advice that most have given me is that I should rest and make the most of the peace and quiet I currently have before a screaming baby enters the world! So, my lovely colleague Shelley came up trumps and provided me with a heap of books to keep me occupied (those who know me know I don’t relax very well!)
The first book I picked from the pile is Miss You. The reviews on the front swung it for me so I thought I’d give it a go. The story follows Tess and Gus, two individuals whose paths have crossed a number of times over the years, but they haven’t quite realised it. Both from very different backgrounds, the book follows each of their lives, following the ups and downs of going from teenagers to adults.
Tess is from a working-class background who loses her mother at a very young age and is left to look after her younger sister. Her father spends his time in the pub and brothers have moved to chase their own dreams. On the other hand, Gus comes from a more privileged background, funded through a medical degree at university, but has lost his older brother through a skiing accident.
Over the years, Tess and Gus have met a number of times, without really taking any notice. Will their paths ever meet at the right time? And even if they do, will they ever get their happy ever after?
Read it to find out!
I love this book. It follows so many real themes that no doubt affect people on a daily basis – death, illnesses, break-ups, divorce, affairs, this book has it all. Very easy to read and follow, I found myself willing the two of them to get together and to just be. It made me stop and wonder how often this sort of thing happens – whether people settle just because they think they can’t find anything better.
It also made me stop and think that even though things may look and seem perfect on the outside (like Gus’ family) with the lovely holidays, money and home comforts, the truth couldn’t be more different.
I’m not too familiar with the author – I’ve never read anything by her before but I’ll certainly be keeping an eye out. Yes, it did remind me of One Day and I did think come on, by the end of the book, it’s fairly obvious that they are familiar with each other, but it didn’t ruin the romantic theme of the book for me at all. Plus, I really enjoyed One Day too, so no complaints from me!
A great read – especially if you’re off on maternity leave!
Score – 4 out of 5