About The Book
What if you almost missed the love of your life?
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.
I am a huge fan of Laura Jane Williams’ writing and have especially enjoyed her column in Red Magazine so couldn’t wait to read One Stop, her debut fiction novel.
It’s about Nadia and Daniel who both get the same tube into work and whilst she hasn’t really noticed him, as she generally too busy trying not to spill her coffee whilst hurtling into the carriage as the doors close, he has spotted her and writes into Missed Connections, a feature in the newspaper.
To the cute girl with the coffee stains on her dress. I’m the guy who’s always standing near the doors… Drink sometime?
And so begins a will they/won’t they romance via messages to one another in the newspaper, some oh-so-close encounters and a big old dollop of fate.
Laura Jane Williams can really write and she taps perfectly into modern life and modern culture with a book that takes two people who are destined to be together and explores feminism, toxic masculinity, gaslighting, emotional abuse and grief.
I really enjoyed this book, it is fresh, zingy and chock full of moments which made me laugh. I loved how unapologetically modern it is, and by that I mean, you can tell it is written in a post #MeToo era. The women are successful and accomplished and have full lives and are not prepared to settle for just anybody. I felt that the conversations that Nadia and her friends had could be ones that I have with my friends (and often do, when we swap mansplaining stories) and so Our Stop is more than just your average romance novel.
The stars of the show are Nadia and Daniel though. Both wholly likeable, decent and in Daniel’s case, totally fanciable, they are well written, fully rounded and brilliantly strong leads. Told from both of their perspectives we are right there in the action of the will they/won’t they relationship. I loved the push and pull and really felt that for both of them, the journey was just as important as the destination.
This is a fun book which would be perfect to read on a sun lounger at the pool with a cocktail in hand. Great characterisation and an entertaining plot combine to make this an ideal summer read.