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Publisher's Summary

One cancelled wedding 

When the day finally comes for Annie to marry Alexander, the last thing she expects is to be left standing at the altar. She was so sure he was Mr Right. Now, she has no idea how she could have got it so wrong.

One unexpected encounter 

After a chance meeting with Patrick, an old friend who reminds her of who she used to be, Annie takes a vow of her own: she’ll say yes to every opportunity that comes her way from now on.

One spare ticket for the honeymoon 

Could a spontaneous trip with Patrick be the way to mend Annie’s heart? She’s about to find out as she embarks on her honeymoon - with a man who’s not her husband....

©2021 Laura Jane Williams (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Laura Jane Williams combines sharp, relatable wit and bold, joyful sincerity." (Dolly Alderton)

"I can’t remember the last time a book made me forget I had a phone. Pure escapist fiction!" (Stacey Halls, author of Sunday Times best seller and Richard & Judy Book Club Pick The Familiars)

"It whisked me away on a much-needed holiday - this is exactly the book we all need right now!" (Beth O’Leary, Sunday Times best-selling author of The Flatshare and The Road Trip)

"The perfect tonic for 2021." (Sophie Cousens)

"I'd recommend it to anyone wishing to be whisked away by an utterly feel-good love story." (Holly Miller) 

"What an absolute delight!" (Emily Henry) 

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Cute Story

I enjoyed it. A couple of things with the "love interest" didn't sit well with me, though. Kinda made it meh.

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The honeymoon was better without the runaway groom

One liner: The best way to get over being left at the alter is to go on the exotic honeymoon anyway and fall in love.

Annie is shocked when Alexander leaves her at the alter. His parent’s offer her the exotic honeymoon anyway to try to begin to apologize for the son’s horrible behavior. After running into a friend from college, Patrick, who encourages her to go anyway “because you only live once,” she seizes the opportunity and invites him to go with her. What happens over the next three weeks will change the way she looks at love and herself. Her journey is fun and inspiring!

I am thankful for the electronic copy of the book that I received from Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. I purchased the audible version on my own.

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  • Jacs
  • 06-25-21

Predictable

Disappointed, I kept waiting for something unpredictable or funny to happen but sadly I got to the end and nothing did.

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  • Mrs Cole
  • 02-21-22

A Great Story and lovely book

Laura Jane Williams have not disappointed me yet and one of my favourite narrators is Carrie Hope Fletcher. This book has a good storyline, it tackled the subject of being jilted at your wedding and the headspace you would be in afterwards. I really enjoyed it and I would recommend this audiobook.
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  • Nicola
  • 01-02-22

Really enjoyable!!

This was my first Laura Jane Williams book and it won’t be my last. I listened as an audiobook and I really enjoyed the narration by Carrie Hope Fletcher.

When the day finally comes for Annie to marry Alexander the last thing she expects is to be left at the altar. A chance meeting with an old friend, Patrick reminds her of the person she used to be. Can she really go on her honeymoon with a man that isn’t the groom?

I really enjoyed this book, it was fun, lighthearted and cute (all in a good way) it would be a perfect book for reading while lying on the beach on holiday. It ticks all of the holiday/romance vibes. It also dealt really well with ‘losing’ a loved one and also trying to ‘find’ yourself.

Annie is a well written character and it’s lovely to see her grow throughout the story. I found Patrick slightly needy towards the end, but that didn’t detract from his overall ‘good guy’ character.

Laura Jane Williams will now definitely become an author I’ll look out for in future - especially for holiday reading.

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  • Michelle Ridding
  • 10-13-21

enjoyed it very much

really enjoyed the book, story was lovely and narration by Carrie was clear and fab

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  • Kerry Bannister
  • 09-08-21

Fun, Laugh out loud, love story

Carrie's voice is so easy to listen to, the story is fun and entertaining

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  • EKRS
  • 07-05-21

Easy listen but not well written.

The protagonist is annoying and the story has no surprises. Easy beach listen/ read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-15-21

Funny, real and entertaining

I couldn’t stop listening to this, I absolutely loved the characters and the story line. I absolutely love Laura Jane Williams romantic and witty books!

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  • Fran
  • 11-24-21

Loved it all!

A great little escape! I loved everything this book has to offer. The story is entertaining and the narration is great. Perfect holiday read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-22-21

Light and enjoyable

This was a good light read. Would be a great holiday book.
I didn’t enjoy the narration as much, the voice had a slightly annoying pitch.
Certainly recommend for a relaxing and enjoyable reading

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  • Readalot
  • 08-05-21

Fun!

This was fun but I was never quite convinced of Annie's job. It didn't seem to me to match her character. I also had trouble wrapping my head around a woman of 32 having a sister of 13 with no intervening siblings and no step-parent or adoption involved. It suggests three possibilities to me - Annie was an early accident, Freddie was a late accident... or Annie HAD an accident. However, the matter wasn't dealt with at all... not even by a throwaway line.

The cancelled wedding and taking the honeymoon alone anyway reminded me of Honey and the Harvest Hob, (not on Audible) although the books aren't much alike in other ways.

Now that's out of my system... I enjoyed the bits set in Australia, and Annie's relationship with her friends and her sister (however she got to have one so young) and Patrick was a nice character. The book fell into three acts, which I found interesting too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-21

Easy weekender

Nice, easy listen despite the predictable ending.
As an Australian, the narrators accent needs some work 😂

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-18-21

A realistic romance, not a fantasy one.

I just loved the author's "Our Stop' as it held a little angst and laughter, a very sweet and fancuful romance. A Rom-Com of the Nora Ephron ilk, so I was disappointed that this story soon started to sound very realistic and no 'cute meet' to be found. Bugger.
However, I did enjoy seeing the characters giving each other new strengths and could identify with them across the book.
I enjoyed their journey to Margaret River, as I am a frequent visitor to the region, have spent most of my youth there being in the surfing fraternity in the 70's and 80's. I grew up in Perth and lived 46 years there. Funnily, the visit to Sydney was almost exactly the holiday we booked just before Covid first visited and we had to cancel. A good story, well written and perfectly narrated. A nice counselling session was sub-written underneath the entire story, In a good way, and it was romantic too. 5 stars.