Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams

This was a heartwarming, fun and clever rom-com which everyone would enjoy!

What if you almost missed the love of your life?
Nadia gets the 7.30 train every morning without fail. Well, except if she oversleeps or wakes up at her friend Emma’s after too much wine.
Daniel really does get the 7.30 train every morning, which is easy because he hasn’t been able to sleep properly since his dad died.
One morning, Nadia’s eye catches sight of a post in the daily paper:
To the cute girl with the coffee stains on her dress. I’m the guy who’s always standing near the doors… Drink sometime?
So begins a not-quite-romance of near-misses, true love, and the power of the written word.

This is a truly uplifting book, with a pretty romance and characters that I was really rooting for. If you’re in the mood for something that is full of hope, love and possibility, then this will be the book for you. I also liked how lots of the key emotions came through via the power of the written word. The Missed Connections adverts were a fantastic hook. They were funny, sweet and to be honest I think we’d all like a bit of that romance in our own lives!

I really liked Nadia, she was often hilarious but had a serious and sweet side to her that was very endearing. Despite her horrible ex she was clearly a strong woman – and I think the focus on his behaviour was an important part of her journey. We were able to understand her better and it was lovely seeing her grow throughout the book. Her slightly chaotic nature was amusing and can’t we all relate to a fresh start on Monday’s? I was rooting for her throughout and was desperate for her to find true love!

Daniel’s story was slightly heartbreaking to be honest and it was touching to see a man so in tune with his emotions – and of course, this should definitely be a more common theme! Williams’ writing about his grief and journey towards healing was emotional at times, especially when it came to his male friendships and his willingness to be open about his emotions. Despite the loss he had recently suffered he was also a strong person and this was why I loved Daniel and Nadia as a pairing. They were clearly so well suited to each other!

One thing I particularly loved about this book was Williams’ focus on some really key themes. Masculinity was one thing she explored excellently, proving that a man can be tender, sensitive and emotional while also being a strong and supportive person. After all, what really is ‘masculinity’? Linked to this was the topic of male friendships and seeing Daniel so close and open with Romeo was both touching and amusing at times. Lorenzo however, was where the theme of male friendships really came into play. Daniel was willing to call out his friends on their behaviour, evidence of his strong and quietly confident nature. Williams also examined sexuality in a way that was romantic, subtle and so utterly genuine and adorable. I don’t want to give too much away, but by the end I was cheering for some of the characters in this book!

The ending is the perfect happy ending – with another theme regarding working opportunities thrown in for good measure. Williams tackles so many interesting topics regarding society in this book that there’s a lot to unpack, but it’s done with care, consideration and written in a way that comes across natural and genuine. If you want a rom-com with a difference then this is the one for you!

Our Stop
Laura Jane Williams
Avon, 13th June 2019

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