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Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams: Your Preview Verdict

November 19, 2019

Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams is a fun love story of near-misses, true love, and the power of the written word. Our Preview readers loved this light-hearted and fun book, with laugh-out-loud moments and called it a perfect summer read!

Here are some of our readers highlights:

I really enjoyed this light and witty RomCom. Twenty-nine year old Nadia has had a few had relationships and is disillusioned with love. Will she ever find her perfect guy? Her life was a bit of a muddle but she had a new plan and she will become a beacon of organisation and the rest will fall in place. On the first day of her new plan she sees an advert in the Love Connections column in the paper talking about “the cute blonde girl on the 7:30 train.” Could this be her? Daniel is a romantic at heart but he lacks confidence. Vowing not to remain the underdog he places an advert on the Love Connections column hoping to get the attention of the cute blonde girl on his morning train. It was fun to read their adds back and forward and see them have a few near misses as their paths crossed and almost crossed several times. An important part of the story is friendship and looking out for each other. Williams covers issues like gaslighting, consent and toxic relationships without sounding too preachy. Lots of laugh out loud moments, as both Nadia and Daniel traverse the minefield that is dating, kept me invested and lightened the tone of the sometimes heavy topics. – Veronica, NSW, 5 stars

Our Stop Laura Jane Williams A typically rom-com that takes place in London, Daniel a kind hearted man who wants what his mum and dad have had love but who has trouble approaching women notices Nadia a disorganised character who wants a lighting bolt moment they both catch the 7:30 train on the northern line into London, he places an ad in a London newspaper “missed connection” they both become known as “Train Guy” and “Devastating Cute Blonde” the story takes a modern path along the lines of You’ve Got Mail with this movie even being referenced in the book. The book moves through the theme of fate, missed connections, what ifs, and similarities, the characters just miss each other or life stops the meeting. A great part was from Nadia character a fantasy wanted ad “ wanted: man with strong sense of self, capable of having a laugh, healthy relationship with mother. Must,I’ve romance, reality television and be ready to champion and cheerlead as a partner through life, in extange for exactly the same” is that what we are all searching for…. I enjoy this title is was a short read that would make a perfect summer or holiday read, the story is written in short chapters from the perspective of each character so achievable in short time periods. Thanks for the opportunity to read and review x. – Crystal, TAS, 4 stars

I really enjoyed this book. I found the main character’s Nadia and Daniel relatable, likeable and i quickly became invested in their love story. The book felt like a modern day sliding doors to me. Complete with trains and chance path crossings. I am a hopeful romantic at heart and loved how the character’s lives enterwined to give an entertaining and easy read. – Claire, SA, 4 stars

Thank you for the opportunity to review this book, it was a great, entertaining read that keep me interested all the way through. My only criticism is that I felt it dragged on a bit but it was full of drama and romance. I loved the characters of Daniel and Nadia, I felt that I could relate to some of the things that Nadia has been through as I’m sure a lot of people can relate to issues with relationships and dating. I congratulate the author on a great novel and would strongly recommend this novel. – Danielle, VIC, 5 stars

This book! What an absolutely adorable read! I loved this book! I really loved Nadia, I felt right there with her throughout the book. Daniel is definetly a new book boyfriend for me. I was turning every page hoping they’d finally meet. This story was a real joy to read and had me smiling silly by the end! – Jennifer, WA, 4 stars

This book is for the lovers of love. And for those who need to fall in love with love again. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s not overly soppy, it’s just well, rather lovely. This is a feel good book, which the world is in dire need of right now. The author’s use of chapters to provide each character’s perspective of things was great. Further exploring what was going on in the peoples’ lives surrounding the main characters was also enjoyable and engaging. I will be passing this book around to all my friends. Let’s share the love. – Danielle, NSW, 5 stars

I really enjoyed this modern day love story. The way it incorporated old fashioned romance was refreshing too. The way the tale was written from both sides was very clever and kept me reading to see what happened next. The characters were very likable and the author did a great job making the reader care about them. – Kim, NSW, 4 stars

A great, light hearted read that will make readers fall in love with London, as well as the main characters. – Georgia, VIC, 4 stars

An absolutely delightful tale of missed connections that had me wanting to yell at the characters when they were so close yet so far. The moment they actually met, happy tears fell and I wanted to stop reading as it was already a perfect moment. So glad I kept going as the extra little turns it took to meet again made the story even sweeter. – Jodie, WA, 5 stars

What an enjoyable book! A fun ‘Sliding Doors’ style of romance novel. Our Stop is well-written and keeps you in suspense, eager to read more! – Amanda, QLD, 4 stars

A light hearted easy to read summer novel. Perfect reading for laying by the pool. The storyline was interesting and filled with tidbits to hook you in. It makes you wonder how many times you nearly cross paths with your soul mate before actually meeting – Kay, QLD, 5 stars

The blurb was what attracted me to this book. While the plot did not develop as I expected I enjoyed the book. The characters were interesting and well developed. Well worth a read. – Margaret, NSW, 4 stars

This was a wonderful, light-hearted read. Nadia is a loveable, fun, romantic character. It made me so happy to sit down with a cup of tea and read. I give it 5 stars. – Lee, NSW, 5 stars

A modern day romance about two people trying to find love and each other through a newspapers Missed Connection section. This book is a light-hearted easy (but sometimes slow) read with brief mentions of other serious topics (date rape, drug use, gay relationships and mental health). I liked Daniel but found Nadia a little annoying and was frustrated with all the near misses and coincidences and just wanted them to get together, but I guess that would have made for a far less interesting (and shorter) book. I loved Romeo, he needs his own spin off book, would have liked more newspaper entries (I thought the book would have been more about these exchanges and not everything else), and I would be happy to read a sequel and find out what happens with Daniel and Nadia next. Overall, I give it a thumbs up (just wish I could have read it a on a train!) – Emily, VIC, 4 stars

Our Stop is a pleasant, light read for romantic comedy fans. The characters were fun and amusingly flawed and, having lived in London, I could relate to their fast paced lives and the distinct customs of the London Tube! I also enjoyed the alternating narratives and how they allow readers to experience (and become frustrated by) Daniel and Nadia’s multiple near misses. The novel, whilst predominantly light hearted, does touch upon some deeper themes of grief, consent and loneliness, but these are interwoven between a more playful and upbeat narrative. A good summer read if you’re looking for something with a happy ending! – Meg, VIC, 4 stars

I loved this book! I read it over a weekend and had a smile on my face the whole time. The characters are fun and honest, and it makes you feel hopeful about love and dating. – Cassandra, NSW, 4 stars

Our Stop is a light and fluffy, “Sliding Doors” type rom com which is an easy read, perfect for reading on the bus or, like the main characters, on the train! It was funny in parts and quite frustrating in others, but I think if a book brings out emotions like that, it’s a good read. – Jan, SA, 4 stars

Our Stop is a lighthearted, uplifting contemporary romance about a guy taking a chance on love by reaching out to his mystery lady through the newspaper classifieds. The book follows Daniel and Nadia’s lives alternating between perspectives so we can unwittingly see their many missed opportunities of meeting, while the characters themselves remain clueless. If you enjoy books such as One Day in December, You’ve Got Mail and movies such as Serendipity, Our Stop is the book for you. – Mel, NSW, 4 stars

What a sweet lovely book, such fun characters Nadia has the perfect girlfriends Emma and Gaby and Daniel is such a sweetie, a nice light romance novel that will make readers smile – Deborah, NSW, 4 stars

 

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