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Grab your passport and escape to a land of dazzling skycrapers, steaming bowls of comforting noodles, and a page-turning love story that will make you swoon!
For travel blogger Fiona, Japan has always been top of her bucket list so when she wins an all-expenses paid trip, it looks like her dreams are coming true.
Until she arrives in vibrant, bustling Tokyo and comes face-to-face with the man who broke her heart ten years ago, gorgeous photographer Gabe.
Fiona can’t help but remember the heartache of their last meeting but amidst the temples and clouds of soft pink cherry blossoms, can Fiona and Gabe start to see life – and each other – differently?
When I saw the evocative cover on this book and then read the blurb I just couldn’t resist reading it and I’m so glad! It is a second chance romance a decade after they first met and she kissed the teacher he then was. To put it mildly Fiona never anticipated meeting Gabe again and certainly didn’t expect him to be her mentor after she won an all expenses trip to Japan. She’s a travel blogger and, as part of the prize, her photographs of her visit to the country will be exhibited soon after her return.
The story gives insights into various aspects of life in Japan, has beautiful, mouthwatering descriptions of tasty food and drink and some sage advice, too. Gabe is somewhat cynical and jaded, he’s lost his muse and lacks motivation to get out of his tedious, disheartened mindset. Fiona has been something of a wallflower, no longer as daring as she was at eighteen – and her mother’s hypochondria and constant texts really don’t help. However, on this visit she’s determined to be bolder and braver – and she’s somewhat forthright in expressing her opinions to Gabe! As the two visit iconic landmarks, their relationship develops, helping them see themselves in another light and maybe helping them find love en route?
It is a lovely story to escape into. The stars of the story for me were the three generations of Japanese women with whom Fiona stays for most of her holiday in Japan. Their insightful comments and some crafty manipulations are fantastic. How the main characters develop through the story, learning about themselves and each other is superbly portrayed. It is a delightful read and I have no hesitation in highly recommending it to anyone who enjoys contemporary second chance romances!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it and thoroughly enjoying doing so.
Jules Wake announced at the age of ten that she planned to be a writer. Along the way she was diverted by the glamorous world of PR and worked on many luxury brands, taking journalists on press trips to awful places like Turin, Milan, Geneva, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam and occasionally losing the odd member of the press in an airport. This proved fabulous training for writing novels as it provided her with the opportunity to eat amazing food, drink free alcohol, hone her writing skills on press releases and to research European cities for her books.
She writes best-selling warm-hearted contemporary fiction for HarperImpulse.
Under her pen name, Julie Caplin, her thirteenth novel, The Little Teashop in Tokyo will be published in ebook and paperback this June.
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