Wow. Great book! There was so much going on… so many characters!
The book starts out with both Vince & Joy as teenagers, on holiday with their parents. They meet, fall hard for each other, and then are torn apart by circumstances beyond their control.
The book goes on to detail each of their lives — how they meet other people, and get into /fall out of relationships with them. It talks about the jobs each of them take on, and subsequently lose, and it details what each of them learns about life, love, and destiny.
The only thing I really didn’t like about this book was the coarse-language. There was a ton of it. And, it was heavier stuff than I normally will make an exception for. But, I really wanted to read this story, so I kept going, and did my best to overlook the “colorful” words. And, I’m glad I did, ’cause I really enjoyed the story!
The British phrases & such were great. I have always been a sort of Anglophile, so anything that smacks of British life draws me in (I have British roots, so that has something to do with it, I’m sure). LOL.
The one main character, Joy, really drove me nutty in some parts of the book. She was so frustrating, and her one relationship too closely resembled something I’ve dealt with in my own life, so it really made me mad! But, that was just a small part of the book, and easily overlooked.
Overall, I’d recommend this. I read it in two days (despite it’s 500-page length!), so it’s a quick and easy read. And, it had a satisfying ending. 😉