Until We Collide by Charlotte Fallowfield
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
**** 4 Cranky Stars ****
Promoted as Brit Rom-Com at its finest and for Bridget Jones’ fans, I picked this up, and think it’s a pretty fair assessment.
Our heroine, Paige “Calamity” Taylor has been in love with Alec Wright, (Mr. Right) forever. Paige is a sweetheart… an accident prone, oblivious, toe-curling-cringe-inducing sweetheart, but a lovely girl nonetheless.
The story starts with a young, teenage Paige in love with Alec and trying to impress him at a Young Farmer’s event. Paige, the townie, has a rather scatological encounter with a cow called Daisy, thus setting the scene for our accident-prone lead.
To top it off, Alec is taken and although there is obvious chemistry between the two, their bad-timing unleashes a catalogue of disasters, both separately and together.
Until We Collide follows Paige from teen years into adulthood, where she and Alec are always on the brink, but something gets in the way. It’s a little bit like the film Serendipity where the fate of our leads is left in the hands of the gods.
I liked this story. It’s a good, clean, fun, and feel-good romance. Parts of made me laugh and cringe. Other parts made me frown… there came a point where I was exasperated with the two leads because it didn’t make any sense for them not to be together. Sure, there is always an element of suspending belief in fiction, but this took it to the endth degree.
I also found it difficult to locate this work in a timeframe. Sometimes, Paige the teenager sounded thirty years old, including some pop cultural references, and then Paige the adult sounded teenage-ish with contemporary indicators.
In saying that, I really did like Paige and Alec. Poppie, Paige’s best friend, was a great addition. If you’re looking for a good, fun, and clean read, pick this up and have a laugh.
Also, loved the Epilogue. #Epilogues rule.
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