The Night That Changed Everything by Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice

This book was published by Corgi in paperback on 24th March 2016. My thanks to the publisher for sending my review copy.

Rebecca is the only girl she knows who didn't cry at the end of Titanic. Ben is the only man he knows who did. Rebecca’s untidy but Ben doesn’t mind picking up her pieces. Ben is laid back by Rebecca keeps him on his toes. They're a perfect match.

Nothing can come between them. Or so they think.

When a throwaway comment reveals a secret from the past, their love story is rewritten.

Can they recover from the night that changed everything? And how do you forgive when you can’t forget?

My Thoughts:

I was initially drawn to this book because it was written by two authors. I was interested to see how this concept would work. This book has been written with the authors taking alternate chapters. I think this worked very well, and provided the characters with distinct voices and brought them more to life somehow.

I guess this would be classified as a love story but it is more about what happens when as in life the love story doesn't always work out as planned. It is about the fall out of a relationship when things go wrong, about the implication of friends in relationships and also recriminations and the loyalties and patience of friends being tested to the limit.

I didn't especially relate to the characters. I found Rebecca a little annoying as she was a bit naive and didn't seem as mature as her age. That said I did find her to be a realistic character and worked well within this story.

There is an event that happens within the book that did bring a lump to my throat, I won't discuss it now as it will spoil the story if you haven't read it. If you have you will know what I mean!

Overall this book kept me entertained. As it is not the usual sort of book I go for it made a pleasant change. I was surprised with the ending as it wasn't quite as predictable as I had envisaged.

About the Authors:

Jimmy and Laura became friends while studying journalism at Sheffield University, so sitting in pubs talking about life and love is something they've been doing for the last ten years. Now they write it all down, but little else has changed. Jimmy still tells Laura off for always being late, and Laura can still drink Jimmy under the table.

Their friendship survives because Laura makes tea exactly how Jimmy likes it (he once took a picture of his perfect brew on Laura's phone so she can colour match it for strength) and because Jimmy noted Laura's weakness for custard creams and stocks up accordingly. 

Laura works as a journalist for Shortlist and Jimmy is a news journalist.

Follow them on Twitter @LauraAndJimmy

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