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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

The One We Fell in Love With by Paige Toon


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…

Title:        The One We Fell in Love With
Author:    Paige Toon
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Date:        May 19th 2016
Link:        UK: Amazon  US: Amazon

My Review


I heard about this book at the Books and the City Spring Blogger event where I was lucky enough to hear Paige read a chapter from it and it sounded fantastic so I pushed it to the top of my ever growing TBR pile and devoured it in just a few hours. I love Paige's refreshing style of writing and actually was inspired to take up photography from one of her previous books called thirteen weddings which you can find here.

The one we fell in love with is the story of three identical triplets who all manage to fall in love with Angus, the young man who moves in next door. Although the three girls are identical their personalities couldn't be any more different. Phoebe is the one who holds them all together as Eliza and Rose are both in awe of her but don't really get on that well with each other. Phoebe has first dibbs on Angus because she says she saw him first, much to the chagrin of the other two girls. Angus loves Phoebe and convinces himself that he alone can tell the difference between the girls however whilst in the middle of a snog at a party he discovers he may not be so clever after all. 
Soon wedding plans are being made and Phoebe goes away on a hen weekend with her best friend. She decides to go to the place in the French Alps where she worked in a ski lodge when she was younger but soon finds that her ex is also there and temptation soon rears it's ugly head.

I liked the way the other girls had to accept that Angus couldn't be theirs and both tried to find new interests and new directions in their lives. This lovely story starts with innocent teenage angst and follows these characters as they grow into young women who manage to discover what is important in life and Angus manages to play a part in all of their journeys. It's heartbreaking watching the characters try to cope with a whole tangle of emotions including guilt which sometimes seems to be the biggest shadow hanging over them all.
This is actually one of the hardest reviews I've had to write because I really don't want to give anything away but ultimately this book shows that nothing can come between the bond that these sisters share, not even Angus.
This is a really touching and heartbreaking story about sisterly love which will make you laugh and cry, the last line just broke me as it was so beautiful. (Don't peek though or you will ruin the whole experience.)
Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster for the copy that was in my goody bag.

Sincerely
Book Angels x

About the Author


Paige Toon was born in 1975 and grew up between England, Australia and America, following her racing driver father around the globe. A philosophy graduate, she worked at teen, film and women's magazines, before ending up at Heat magazine as Reviews Editor. Paige is married, has two small children and lives in Cambridge.
The Sun in Her Eyes, out 21 May 2015, is her tenth book.

Visit Paige's website at paigetoon.com to sign up to her free book club, 'The Hidden Paige', and say hi to her on Twitter @PaigeToonAuthor and Facebook.com/PaigeToonAuthor

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