OUR STOP - LAURA JANE WILLIAMS
Title: Our Stop
Author: Laura Jane Williams
Published: June 2019
Genres: Romance, Chick-lit
Nadia gets the 7.30 train every morning without fail. Well, except if she oversleeps or wakes up at her friend Emma’s after too much wine. Daniel really does get the 7.30 train every morning, which is easy because he hasn’t been able to sleep properly since his dad died.
One morning, Nadia’s eye catches sight of a post in the daily paper: "To the cute girl with the coffee stains on her dress. I’m the guy who’s always standing near the doors… Drink sometime?" So begins a not-quite-romance of near-misses, true love, and the power of the written word.
TAY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Once I brought myself to look past the two main character’s incessant self-deprecation, there was SO much to love about this book. Williams was able to find the perfect balance between fluffy ‘chick lit’ and unrefined & contemporary romance. I didn’t find it overly predictable (hallelujah!) and I found the dialogue and subject matters to be a little more mature than what you’d expect from it’s peers. It was an endearingly sweet story that explored the concepts of fate and soulmates in a way that made my heart soar. This idea of them both imitating magnets, always missing one another by a hair’s breadth, dancing a waltz of evasion. The myriad of themes Williams was able to touch on was impressive; consent, homosexuality, feminism and the ebs and flows of friendship. But most powerfully, I admired how it contributed to dismantling the stigma of men having to bottle their emotions and put on a ‘tough guy act’. Who ever said nice guys finish last? Try again sweetie.
NICKY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
There will always been room for books such as this one, to soothe the soul and aide the heaviness which can come from other novels. A modern day romance between Nadia, Miss ‘attempting a new lease on life which involves getting the 7:30am train each morning without fail’, and Daniel, Mr ‘Always On Time’, who begin exchanging messages in their local newspaper, but never seem to cross paths. With a multitude of “near connections” and “just misses”, you do wonder if they will ever meet, which is a valuable layer of this adorable love story. Told from alternating POV’s of both Nadia and Daniel, I enjoyed the different perspectives and insights into their personalities. Amongst all of this, @laurajaneauthor also took the opportunity to address issues such as gaslighting, grief and consent, which in my opinion was just the right amount and was done so with great tact. Much more then just a rom – com, this debut fiction novel was brilliantly executed.