September 28, 2021
Blurb: On a snowy evening in March, thirty-something Noelle Butterby is on her way back from an event at her old college when disaster strikes. With a blizzard closing off roads, she finds herself stranded, alone in her car, without food, drink, or a working charger for her phone.
All seems lost until Sam Attwood, a handsome American stranger also trapped in a nearby car, knocks on her window and offers assistance. What follows is eight perfect hours together, until morning arrives and the roads finally clear. The two strangers part, positive they’ll never see each other again but fate, it seems, has a different plan. As the two keep serendipitously bumping into one another, they begin to realize that perhaps there truly is no such thing as coincidence.
I can’t imagine anyone actually does this, but if you looked at Goodreads as to when I first began reading Eight Perfect Hours, you’d see it was just about a month ago and that number would be erroneous as to the time I actually spent reading the book. I had bookus interruptus because I had to read another book that did indeed take a decade to read and forced the timing on this one way out of proportion. Not that you care, really. But just in case you stalk numbers. Yep, because that is a thing. Not.
Eight Perfect Hours by Lia Louis. Where to begin?
Eight Perfect Hours by Lia Louis is the most perfectly sweet romance I’ve read in a really long time. It’s kind of like a Cinderella story in that our heroine, Noelle Butterby cleans homes and offices for a living because she has to in order support her ailing Mum while Noelle dreams of flowers. She arranges flowers gorgeously and posts her pics on Instagram where she has thousands of followers. Noelle supports her Mum because she remembers when she was ailing that her Mum was there for her constantly. How can she not be there for her Mum?
On a March night, Noelle is stranded on a motorway when she meets Sam. They spend an entire night of talking and laughing and then they part ways. Except. They meet again and again until they both laugh at the utter strangeness of it all. But, it’s fate. And maybe they are fate. And, as you read on, you discover they have been tied together for a long time. Yet, does that mean anything? What about the person you’ve been with and whom you owe another chance to be with?
This is a definite heart book. When you grow tired of reading shallow books, this is the kind of book that you want to pick up and fall in love with. The characters feel real even if the serendipity doesn’t. The serendipity works on its own level, magic, and that’s what makes Eight Perfect Hours so enchanting.
The reader feels for Noelle and wants her to succeed. She’s so real and kind, even when she’s not always treated that way.
I loved reading this book. This is a true feel-good book plus romance.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
5 out of 5 butterflies