Book Review: Miss You by Kate Eberlen

Title:  Miss You
Author: Kate Eberlen
Publisher: Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollins
Release Date:  April 4, 2017
Genre: Literary Fiction / Contemporary

"If ever a couple was ‘meant to be,’ it’s Tess and Gus. This is such a witty, poignant, and uplifting story of two lives crisscrossing over the years, with near miss after near miss. . . . I couldn’t put it down."—Sophie Kinsella

A wryly romantic debut novel with echoes of One Day that asks, what if you just walked by the love of your life, but didn’t even know it?

"TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE." Tess can’t get the motto from her mother’s kitchen knickknack out of her head, even though she’s in Florence on an idyllic vacation before starting university in London.

Gus is also visiting Florence, on a holiday with his parents seven months after tragedy shattered their lives. Headed to medical school in London, he’s trying to be a dutiful son but longs to escape and discover who he really is.

A chance meeting brings these eighteen-year-olds together for a brief moment—the first of many times their paths will crisscross as time passes and their lives diverge from those they’d envisioned. Over the course of the next sixteen years, Tess and Gus will face very different challenges and choices. Separated by distance and circumstance, the possibility of these two connecting once more seems slight.

But while fate can separate two people, it can also bring them back together again. . . .

A story of fate, serendipity and chance,  Miss You by Kate Eberlen combines wit and daily grinds of life. With many near misses and chance in meeting, Tess and Gus' lives might very well be different, if their encounter stuck the first time in Florence, Italy. Yet, life brings each on a different journey, through years of struggles, tragedy and loss.  The fate aspect is so strong in this book, it's hard to miss how one can relate and what possibilities mean.

Though I really enjoyed the premise of Miss You, I find the characters tedious and very unlikable in many ways. But then, thinking back, isn't that what life is? Full of regrets and desire for second chances on life's choices. It's hard to grasp, but Miss You puts it to words for you. I'm not fond of any of the characters or their choices, but as a romance, it makes for a great read filled with emotions.

For my clean readers, there are intimacy and minor language.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Kate Eberlen grew up in a small town thirty miles from London and spent her childhood reading books and longing to escape. She studied Classics at Oxford University before pursuing various jobs in publishing and the arts. Recently, Kate trained to teach English as a Foreign Language with a view to spending more time in Italy, a country she loves and has visited many times. Kate is married with one son.

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