What if you almost missed the love of your life?
Nadia gets the 7:30 train every morning. At least, she triesto get the 7:30 train every morning. Quite often she sleeps in, and when she does make it, there’s coffee stains on her dress to prove how fast she ran to get there.
Daniel does get the 7:30 train every single morning, mainly because he’s always awake early. In fact, he’s barely slept since his dad died.
But when Nadia reads a note in the Missed Connections segment of the daily transport paper, she is gobsmacked.
‘To the devastatingly cute girl with the coffee stains on her dress…’
This couldn’t be her, could it? It turns out it is and this simple message in a transport paper begins the collection of near-misses and almost romances. Will these two people end up beating the odds and actually meet? Or will Nadia forever wonder if that message actually was for her.
This bright, bubbly and altogether fun book is simply a happy read. You read it and feel happy. You are full of hope and the desire to see the good around you. The book is set in London, with all the joys that the city, and especially the London Underground system can bring. Having lived in London, I found myself laughing out loud over the incredibly accurate descriptions in this book. Nadia is relatable, with all her rushing about and clumsy comments. Daniel is wonderful, caring for his widowed mother, while still working and saving for a house deposit. Right from the beginning, you are wishing these two would just meet. But half the story is the delicious build-up of will-they-wont-they!
The book pays homage to the wonderful Nora Ephron and her suite of movies, directly quoting lines from You’ve Got Mail, and with references to Sleepless in Seattle. One character makes a reference to You’ve Got Mail ‘actually being a good movie, even though it’s a rom-com’. It’s easy to see the comparison Williams was making here. Our Stop is also a rom-com, with fantastic character development, along with strong and varied secondary characters. It’s a well-rounded, touching and heart-warming love story. But let’s just say that a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils is always a good idea.
In today’s world of dating apps, it was refreshing to read about a couple who tried something different. Our Stop is a fun, fresh, feminist story that makes us wonder if true love exists. It certainly made me reflect on the power of the written word, and has me paying a little more attention to the people I pass on the street or the train – you never know who you could meet!