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‘For smart romantic fiction look no further than the new book from bestselling Paige Toon… Prepare yourself for a massive twist’ (RED on The One We Fell in Love With)
‘A beautiful story of love and loss’ (My Weekly on The One We Fell in Love With)
About the Author
Paige Toon was born in 1975. A philosophy graduate, she worked at teen, film and women's magazines, before ending up at Heat magazine as Reviews Editor. She is very experienced at events and interviews and has a significant social media following. The One We Fell in Love With was picked for the Zoella Book Club. Her novels are bestsellers throughout Europe.
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I read this book in two sittings and I adored every page.
Let’s start with giving you the synopsis.
Phoebe is caught between a rock and a hard place. Settle down and get married, or return to the French Alps to pursue her passion?
Eliza is in love with someone who is no longer hers. In fact, he probably never was… And her dream of becoming a successful musician seems to be vanishing before her eyes.
Rose is out of a job and out of a boyfriend. To make matters worse, she’s been forced to move back in with her mother…
But these very different girls have one thing in common. Angus. The one they fell in love with…
I must admit, this the first chick lit novel that I’ve read that isn’t typically for the YA genre. I don’t know what it is about chick lit that’s put me off it before, I guess in my head I’ve always had the assumption that chick lit is always this fluffy cheesy-ness that’s way to unrealistic. However what Paige Toon has done is, amongst all the light heartedness she has encompassed some serious points, which just adds to my love for it. If all other chick lit books are like this, then bring them my way!!
The novel follows 3 sisters, triplets in be exact, at different points in their life. The story is told from their 3 perspectives, where you learn about all their personalities, traits and quirks and how they are so different from each other but how they all have one thing in common – Angus, the one they fell in love with and how Angus means something to each of them, and maybe for different reasons…
The book is split in two parts and I can’t give too much of the plot of away, because, let’s just say there is a part where your jaw will hit the floor and your heart will leap out of your chest – quite literally. (Grab the tissues now, quick!!)
I loved Paige’s writing style, it flowed so easily and I just kept turning the pages. Also with the POV’s being split between 3 people I was weary it would get confusing or in some cases, boring. However, Paige does it brilliantly. Each sister’s story was different, exciting and intriguing and I was always pleased to read each of their thoughts equally. Paige’s ability to describe, people, places and emotions so vividly is amazing. I generally felt swept up in the story and felt I like I was there, on every roller-coaster of emotion. I really liked all the characters and could see myself being friends with them. I really connected with Rose the most and I LOVED Toby (where is my Toby btw?? I need him in my life). At times, I felt quite frustrated at Eliza and some of the things she does, as you will find out. In general, though, all the characters felt real and credible and they made me laugh, cry and sometimes made my heart burst (I’m looking at you Toby!).
The One We Fell in Love With by Paige Toon is such wonderfully written novel that’s perfect for sweeping you off your feet. I loved every minute of it! I urge you all to read it, especially if you haven’t read chick lit before, this will change your mind! This was my first Paige Toon novel and it certainly won’t be my last!
I am still in hope that her next book will have the same sparkle as her other earlier ones as overall I do enjoy her writing.
I am a huge Paige Toon fan, and have been ever since reading her first release, Lucy in the Sky, back in 2007. Her books are often heart-warming, tear-jerking and poignant, and full of lovable and relatable characters. The One We Fell in Love With is no different – it might just be her best book yet.
Gosh, this book was just lovely, lovely, lovely. The story was addictive and easy to read, and I devoured it in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down for anything – I stayed in the same armchair all day, my eyes glued to the pages!
The story arc was perfectly choreographed. In my eyes, it was the most original novel Paige has written so far. It was so intriguing to read about triplets, and I was fascinated from the very first page. It was the first time that Paige has written from multiple viewpoints, and it worked amazingly. Each triplet had very unique personalities and their individual characterisation was extremely well distinguished.
I felt fully invested in the characters – especially Rose. I related to her so much. She is smart, sensible and wary and so much like me, I loved reading about her! Eliza and Phoebe were great too and the way their relationship dynamics were portrayed was clever and thought-provoking.
As usual, some of our favourite Paige Toon characters made an appearance, and it was lovely to have the inclusion of Lucy and Nathan in the end scene! Lucy in the Sky has always been my favourite – and Paige’s scene setting of Australia is always spot-on. She makes you long for the beautiful beaches and balmy weather. I also loved the descriptions of the French Alps and especially Jennifer’s Bakery that Rose works in – Paige never fails in her ability to vividly depict a scene!
This book had me thinking long after I’d turned the last page. I felt it was more emotionally mature than her previous novels, and I loved the family values that are built up and become prominent in the end chapter. The events throughout were emotional, and provoked many tears! I feel that Rose, Eliza and Phoebe’s lives were illustrated perfectly through Paige’s genius writing lens.
The One We Fell in Love With was heart-warming, uplifting, bittersweet, but charmingly happy too. I finished the book, and closed my eyes, just savouring that precious feeling you get after spending several hours lost in the midst of a story. Warmth spread through me as I read it – it was a beautiful story about subtle tragedy, love, and the strength of family.
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