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Title: Right Here Waiting for You
Author: Rebecca Pugh
Publisher: Harper Collins UK, HQ Digital
Published: May 31st, 2017
This is a very moving read, focussing on two women who were best friends as teenagers, until betrayal drove them apart. Now a school reunion has thrown both of them into turmoil. Dare they return to school, possibly to face again the person who used to be their best friend and all the anger, deceit and angst that will ensue? Would it be easier just to give the event a big miss? Could it be an opportunity for reconciliation and atonement?
Magda was the star of the year group, the girl all the others strived to emulate. Then her life took a severe downturn because of her own decisions and behaviour . . . before she met and married her handsome, successful husband and left her father and the village behind her. Should she return to face reality? Dare she?
Sophia is a single Mum to the delightful but stroppy Esther. Things didn’t work out as she’s hoped but she’s glad to have Esther (most of the time) and has support from her parents and Michael, the father of Harry, Esther’s best friend. Life’s looking good, if only love could find a way!
The reunion is the trigger for memories to be brought back to the surface, for a reality check for the participants and their families. The story is told from the alternating points of view of Magda and Sophia, with flashbacks to events in their teens which slowly reveal how close they had been, how they were torn apart and what their lives are like now. The two main characters are very different to each other and initially it is easier to sympathise and empathise with Sophia than Magda, however this does change as the reader learns more about her, her past and her present. The writing is engaging with many laugh out loud incidents related as well as emotive encounters. It is a story of relationships, grief and betrayal leading to love and opportunities, a real page turner that I enjoyed escaping into.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.
We used to be best friends…
Magda used to be the girl everyone wanted to be – most likely to achieve her every wish. That is until suddenly her perfect life seems to be anything but!
Sophia has never regretted her life, sure it isn’t perfect, but being a single mum to a daughter she loves is pretty great. Perhaps she never moved away from home, or got to live out her dreams, but what she has right now isn’t so bad.
That is until an invitation to their school reunion arrives, throwing both their lives into a spin – because these two used to be friends and it might finally be time to face up to that one big mistake that happened all those years ago…