Title: The Minute I Saw You
Author: Paige Toon
Published: May 19th 2020
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 3.5 stars
The brand-new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author.
An emotional and heartwarming love story from the Sunday Times bestseller
When Hannah meets Sonny, she’s irresistibly drawn to him: he’s sexy and confident, but only in town on holiday. That’s fine with Hannah – she doesn’t do long-term relationships. And luckily for her, neither does Sonny.
But as summer hots up and their chemistry shows no signs of cooling, they start to question their reasons for shutting each other out.
Are they both too broken to find love? And if they tear down the walls between them, will they still like what’s on the other side?
‘If I thought I was going to stop thinking about him, I was wrong.’
The Minute I Saw You is the latest release from bestselling author Paige Toon. Love, trauma, emotional wellbeing, personal baggage, friendships, chance and courage defines this moving contemporary romance novel. A perfect winter warmer, Paige Toon’s latest uplit title will embrace all readers, far and wide.
The Minute I Saw You takes the reader directly into the lives of Hannah and Sonny. When these two lost souls meet, the connection is immediate and strong. What was meant to be a no strings attached style romance, turns into something much more poignant. Despite both parties resisting any form of a relationship due to a whole host of personal baggage, life works in mysterious ways and it transforms this potential couple’s outlook on love. When Sonny is faced with some devastating news, he makes some adjustments to his life. This change results in a different kind of connection between Sonny and Hannah. They discover the true value of friendship and support. Despite the obvious level of attraction that simmers between them, they learn to connect on a different level. Along the way, this couple confront their personal demons, difficult pasts and they learn to trust again. But are they ready to let love into their lives?
I think The Minute I Saw You is a really great title for a contemporary fiction and romance novel. Paige Toon’s new release alludes to an instant, fall in love at first sight style romance. The novel and synopsis does head this way in some respects, but it encompasses much more. The Minute I Saw You was consuming and heartfelt. With emotional highs and lows, this one will be sure to strike a strong chord with a wide audience range.
Toon’s leads are interesting, well presented and haunted by their pasts, as well as present day hang ups. Toon paired this couple up very well, they complimented each other but there was also a sufficient amount of tension between Sonny and Hannah which helped to move the novel along. I liked the initial attraction between these two, the complications, personal baggage, trust issues, the obvious chemistry, tension levels and eventual pathway to happiness. Supporting Hannah and Sonny are great cast of secondary characters who lift this novel to greater heights. I really loved the canine companion included in the story, it was a heartwarming touch. Personal relationships, friendships, extended family and support networks remain of the utmost importance in The Minute I Saw You. I appreciated Toon’s focus on these aspects within her novel.
From the outset, it is easy to assume that The Minute I Saw You is a standard contemporary romance. However, Toon proves her worth as an author by including some weighty themes within her new book. From mental health, insecurity, depression, anxiety, loss, grief, trauma, risk, sex and addiction, The Minute I Saw You treads delicate emotional ground. Each of these issues is touched on with insight, personal connection and sensitivity. The experiences of the characters were heartfelt and genuine. The underlying message that love and the strength of personal relationships in overcoming trying times remains clear in Toon’s approach.
With majority of the action set in a truly delightful British locale, reminding me of a place I often miss living in Australia, The Minute I Saw You proved to be an engaging read, complete with a satisfying end. I cheered these characters on in their emotionally tough search for personal acceptance, true love, happiness, fulfillment and recovery. The Minute I Saw You is a must read for contemporary fiction and romance readers.
The Minute I Saw You by Paige Toon was published on 19th May 2020 by Penguin Books Australia. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.
To learn more about the author of The Minute I Saw You, Paige Toon, visit here.
*I wish to thank Penguin Books Australia for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.
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