A year ago, Evan and Sarah shared one incredible night. Then Evan's music - the thing that brought them together - suddenly tore them apart.
Since then, Evan's not been able to forget about her. And try as she might, Sarah can't seem to get over him either.
With time running out, Evan's got one last chance to convince her that the two of them were meant to be. But is one night enough for Sarah to make a decision about the rest of her life - even if it was the best night of her life? And if she doesn't believe in love at first sight, how can Evan persuade her that what they had will last?
From the bestselling author of A Day at the Office, What Might Have Been is Matt Dunn's new romantic comedy about two people in love. Though one of them needs a little convincing....
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Will read anything within reason.
I read a Day At The Office a little while ago and found it very enjoyable. I therefore bought this book with high hopes. My initial problem was the narratior who read this very slowly and with peculiar pauses which made me think he had just said something profound and thought provoking. As this was clearly not the case I set playback at 1.25. This actually sounded normal so at least I was able to carry on.
As the tale unfolded I realised this was nowhere near as good as Matt Dunn's previous book. For a start the main characters have a spectacularly ordinary first encounter. She is an American in London and he is British. Their dialogue seems to consist of commentary about how British and American people speak differently. Please can't they just get over it? Oh and of course she hates the British weather (and we all know New York is a heavenly temperate paradise). After this heady cultural exchange he goes away to America and she gets engaged to a man who she clearly didn't like from the outset. He comes back convinced he is in love with her although it is not clear why, as she seems to have all the charisma of an over boiled cabbage.
After two hours I gave up and skipped to the end.
A good premise for a transatlantic love story, however after a good long while, it started to get tedious! Everything about it begun to be repetitious: the conversations between Sarah and her best friend; the conversations between Evan and his male friends; the non conversations between Sarah and Evan… and the incidental irrelevant statements made by David…
I think that this novel could have been about 6 chapters shorter. Especially as the finale was a brief 5 minutes in length and almost anticlimactic!
The narration was commendable, so very easy listening. It caused me to listen to this way into the night in one sitting. But merely out of curiosity, rather than anticipation.
Author of 'The Break Up Test' and 'How to Look Like You'
Unputdownable engrossing read. Loved the characters. Story unfolded effortlessly with one reveal after the other. Dramatic twists and turns. London backdrop clearly depicted. A fantastic read. 5 stars.
Began well, but storyline was weak and went on too long. Outcome was in no doubt. One liners not very funny. Narrator did a good job.
This book is all about decisions. Should you take the career opportunity of a lifetime, or stay behind for what could be a true soulmate connection with someone else? Should you marry someone boring but stable, or go for someone who makes your heart soar, but who might let you down? Should you let the love of your life slip away, or refuse to give up until you've done everything you could?
This book is full of questions and doubts as both of the main characters agonize over these decisions. And yet, it's a light read. It's not for everyone, but personally, I enjoyed it. It did git a bit tedious at times, but there were moments when I'd get a bit watery eyed. What can I say, I'm a sucker for romance. This book wasn't all about physical attraction or sex, although it had that. It was really about whether or not it's better to follow your heart, even if it isn't the most practical course.
The narrator was great, switching between his native English accent and an American one (he was from England, she was from America). And then, the narrator used several different regional accents for the different characters, which I thought was cool.
This story kept me adequately entertained for a couple weeks during my hour-long commute to work, and it was a nice break from the usual sci-fi and fantasy. I wish books like this were more popular.
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