My rating: 3/5 stars
Format: Read via NetGalley
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Eve and Ethan were soul mates. Until Ethan left her without any warning, and Eve is left to pick up all of the pieces. It’s been three years since she’s seen Ethan. Then he shows up at her door for the Supper Club. Eve has moved on with her life though… she’s going to be opening a cafe and is in love with her boyfriend, Joe. Ethan doesn’t matter to her anymore. Yet, she can’t stop thinking about him now that he’s back in London. Ethan claims it’s destiny, but Eve isn’t quite sure.
I liked the first Amy Miller book I read recently, but this one doesn’t hold the same appeal for some reason. Perhaps I’m comparing the books too closely since I read them so close together. Miller writes contemporary well. I enjoy how she has the element of domesticity woven in as well. It’s important to respect women who work and also prefer to bake and such. I think Miller excels at showing women can still be awesome no matter what they decide to pursue.
Eve is a good character. Ethan is kind of annoying. The way Eve views Ethan is kind of obsessive and all consuming, like he’s the best thing that happened to her despite how he treated her by leaving. So it’s just hard for me to want to root for a couple who was torn apart by his actions and her having a boyfriend. I can’t explain why it bothers me so much. I don’t really like either character in regard to how they see their relationship. Then being thrown together for this Supper Club for the newspaper just seems like it’s going to implode.
Eve and Ethan have a lot of unresolved issues, and they have to work them out or just finally let go. Eve claims she’s happy with Joe, but she can’t stop thinking about Ethan. He says he’s come back to make his life right and to be with Eve because they are destined to be. Eve is trying to open a cafe and dealing with her best friend moving away. But most importantly, she loves Joe so much. Even though she doesn’t want to marry him…
The issues I had with this book weren’t major, but it didn’t make me like this one as much as The Girls Guide to Homemaking. Miller follows the same story arc for both books. A happy couple is destroyed by an action taken by the male partner. I know this is a popular trope, but the author didn’t have to use it for both of her books. There are so many other tropes the author can use. I would even be willing to suggest some. Seriously, I read a lot and would love to help.
My other issue is… the family secret in this book is huge. I don’t want to spoil it, but I was off put when it was revealed. I was hoping the book would take a different turn because I didn’t want Eve to choose Ethan after the truth comes out. It’s just a personal preference for me. If I was in her shoes, I would have walked away because it’s kind of gross and weird. It made me immediately hate them as a couple and stop caring about the rest of the book. I even skipped ahead hoping for a different ending and was left disappointed.
I don’t see this as a heartwarming story or romantic. Eve should have been with Joe. I don’t care about the rest of the book or how Miller wrote it. So don’t be misled by the headline. The story doesn’t fit the criteria at all. Ethan is annoying. Eve isn’t the best. They aren’t a good couple. Then Eve has a sister who adds in more drama, and I was rolling my eyes the entire time. I was also grossed out. Just no… nothing about this whole situation is less than a what the heck. This book wasn’t for me. I enjoy how Miller writes, no doubt. I’m hoping her other book I have left to read isn’t a disappointment.
Until I rant about books again,