You never forget the one that got away. But what if ‘what could have been’ is yet to come?
Daniel was the first boy to make Alison a mix tape.
But that was years ago and Ali hasn’t thought about him in a very long time. Even if she had, she might not have called him ‘the one that got away’; after all, she’d been the one to run.
Then Dan’s name pops up on her phone, with a link to a song from their shared past.
For two blissful minutes, Alison is no longer an adult in Adelaide with temperamental daughters; she is sixteen in Sheffield, dancing in her skin-tight jeans. She cannot help but respond in kind.
And so begins a new mix tape.
Ali and Dan exchange songs – some new, some old – across oceans and time zones, across a lifetime of different experiences, until one of them breaks the rules and sends a message that will change everything…
Because what if ‘what could have been’ is yet to come?
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I absolutely adored this book and would easily rate it as one of the best books I’ve ever read. Sometimes a book just clicks with you and this is certainly what happened with this book. I’ll try my best to tell you all the great things about it without coming across as too much of a fan girl but I can’t hold any promises!
At it’s heart this is a beautiful, tender love story which was wonderful to read about. How many if us have wondered about our old boyfriends and what could have been? This book gives the reader a chance to live precariously through its characters and I have to say I loved every moment of it. Even though both characters are in other relationships, it soon becomes obvious that they aren’t really happy and I found myself hoping that they would get together and have a happy ending.
As a huge music lover I always love books that combine music into the story, especially when it is music from my youth. I think it helps draw you further into the story and allows you to vividly picture the scene as you might even have been in a similar situation yourself. This was definitely the case in this book as some of the songs featured were ones I remembered from school disco’s (particularly Belle and Sebastian which I haven’t listened to in years). It was great to rediscover some old favourites and find some new music too.
Interestingly the story is told from the point of views of Ali and Dan with flashbacks from their relationship as teenagers which helped me to understand more about their lives both in the past and in the present. I really enjoyed following their story and laughed and cried alongside them. Towards the end I found myself rationing how much of the book I read per day as I really didn’t want the story to end which is always a sign of a great book.
This was the first book I’ve read by this author and I’ll definitely be reading more books by her in the future. I highly recommend this book to everyone as I think it would appeal to many different types of reader.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Hayley at Transworld for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
Jane Sanderson was born in South Yorkshire in 1962. She studied English at Leicester University, then after graduating she became a journalist. After a series of jobs with local newspapers she joined the BBC where she worked as a producer for Radio 4, first on the World at One, and then on Woman’s Hour. She lives with her husband, the Independent journalist and author Brian Viner, and their three children in rural Herefordshire.
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