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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (12 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477825029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477825020
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
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‘An addictive page turner of a story, with laugh out moments and genuine heart-warming characters.’ —Handwrittengirl

‘Matt Dunn makes the characters and their stories something you want to follow, and throws enough curveballs in there to make you doubt how it's all going to end up.’ —Chloe's Chick Lit Reviews

About the Author

British writer Matt Dunn is the author of eight (and counting) romantic comedy novels, including the bestselling The Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook, which was shortlisted for both the Romantic Novel Of The Year Award and the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance. He's also written about life, love, and relationships for various publications including The Times, the Guardian, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Company, Elle, and The Sun. Before becoming a full-time writer, Matt worked as a lifeguard, a fitness-equipment salesman, and an I.T. headhunter.

His website and blog can be found at http://www.mattdunn.co.uk/.


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I really, really wanted to like this book. I'd been looking forward to reading it but within the first couple of chapters I was already annoyed at the sheer number of times the characters had to correct themselves in conversation!! Is there really such a big language barrier between Americans and the British that every little american/british colloquialism has to be explained...? If that was all it was I could've probably ignored it. But every character was at it... double meanings that had to be clarified or silly little misunderstandings, like Evan asking for the "gents" in a strip club and being told that men don't work there?? Once you notice it, it's impossible to un-notice and gets more and more irritating throughout.

Part One of this book covers a period of about 36 hours where the lead characters meet. I was onboard with this despite that they seemed more in lust than anything else; not exactly realistic to be contemplating the things they were after one night together. Part Two deals with what happens to them 12 months later, over a period of about 5 days. This is where the book goes up in the annoying stakes. So many unfinished conversations where neither of them says exactly what they're thinking or feeling. More confused conversations where the characters misunderstood each other or just went over and over the same questions again and again, never really sure what to do or say.

I found Sarah to be very selfish. She takes what she wants from Evan twice and then completely cuts him off, acting as if it's his fault she's in the predicament she's in. She's just so difficult. The way she repeatedly asked Grace what to do just came across as cowardly.
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I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I've read a few other Matt Dunn books and enjoyed them, so I figured I would give this a go. It's different, less funny, more poignant and wistful, to his previous books. Basically Evan and Sarah meet each other and it's love at first sight, but two days later Evan has to move to America for an impromptu work assignment. Mel, Evan's friend and nightclub owner, has a hand in what happens with them before they go their separate ways. After a year, a newspaper announcement makes Evan come back. He bumps into Sarah and her boyfriend in a supermarket and this unleashes all sorts of emotions in Sarah, who had just about got over him. It helps, kind of, that her boyfriend is a prat, but it doesn't help that he's also her boss, and she sees him as providing security she didn't have growing up. This is quite a deep novel in some ways - there's also a sub-plot about a baby and how each of the parties deal with that when they learn of it. Keeping secrets is also a big theme of the book and having the courage to reveal them too. Evan also had his 15 minutes of fame with a friend of his, Fynn. But what made him give it all up?
Evan has 7 days to make his case with Sarah, or he will lose her forever, but is she interested enough and can she say goodbye to the level of security her boyfriend and boss, David, can offer? I did have an inkling for a fraction of a second of the surprise right near the end, but generally it was very well masked. Another great read from Matt
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Synopsis

When Sarah stops at the Jazz Club ‘G-Spot’ she doesn’t expect to fall in love at first sight. But that is exactly what happened. As soon as saxophonist Evan takes to the stage she is smitten. Luckily for her the feeling is mutual. However, Evan has just been offered the biggest opportunity of his career. He has been given the chance to play sax on The Police’s reunion tour, travelling the world for a year. Can Evan and Sarah’s love transcend distance and time?

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What Might Have Been is Matt Dunn’s eighth romantic comedy novel but I have to admit it is the first of his that I have ever read. I always find that I read multi-perspective books a little bit more critically than I do when the book has a solo protagonist. It is so easy for a writer to not have clearly defined voices for his characters; however, Dunn seems to have done that perfectly. Both Sarah and Evan come across individually and even still manage to maintain parts of themselves in the crossover chapters.

I guess that the reason why stories like this are ever so popular is because we all have our own version of ‘what might have been.’ That long lost love who we often think about in drunken hazy ways. The one who we look at through rose tinted spectacles and forget all of their flaws and bad points. With What Might Have Been, Dunn gives you hope and a chance to chase a happy ending and essentially make you wonder ‘what if?’ What if you had chased your love like Evan does with Sarah, would things have ended differently? The story is so very easy to relate to.

The story is told in a good way allowing you the chance to care for both characters plights.
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