Title: Miss You
Author: Kate Eberlen
Pages: 464 Pages
Publisher: Pan Macmillan/Mantle
Tess and Gus are meant to be. They just haven’t met properly yet. And perhaps they never will . . .
Today is the first day of the rest of your life is the motto on a plate in the kitchen at home, and Tess can’t get it out of her head, even though she’s in Florence for a final, idyllic holiday before university. Her life is about to change forever – but not in the way she expects.
Gus and his parents are also on holiday in Florence. Their lives have already changed suddenly and dramatically. Gus tries to be a dutiful son, but longs to escape and discover what sort of person he is going to be.
For one day, the paths of an eighteen-year-old girl and boy criss-cross before they each return to England.
Over the course of the next sixteen years, life and love will offer them very different challenges. Separated by distance and fate, there’s no way the two of them are ever going to meet each other properly . . . or is there?
Firstly, I must thank Francesca Pear at Pan Macmillan for sending me a copy of Miss You in exchange for an honest review.
Some books you can read passively and be entertained by the story but it has no lasting effect. Miss You by Kate Eberlen is not that kind of story. I became consumed by this story. I was transported to every place and every time frame that was written about. It is one of those books; the kind of book that you recommend to friends years after reading it.
Miss You could be likened to the movie Sliding Doors. For the main characters Tess and Gus the stars just can’t seem to align to have them in the right place at the right time. It is all a bit wonky. So essentially, when reading the novel you are reading two different stories even though it is the both of their tales. This all sounds very cryptic but once you read Miss You (and you must!) it will all become more apparent.
If you were to ask me what makes this book so very special I could reel off a list as long as my arm (they are of a reasonable length for my 5 foot 5 inch frame) but it would become tedious. What I will tell you is that there were moments of this book that I felt that my heart had stopped. There were times when I was filled with happiness but there are also moments that were desperately sad I genuinely felt my heart breaking. You have been warned.
Miss You is a mixture of One Day, Sliding Doors and the Del Amitri song Roll to Me. If that isn’t a magic melting pot then I don’t know what is.
Miss You by Kate Eberlen is available now.
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