The Start of Something

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Pub Date 3 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 8 Feb 2022

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‘A proper lovely romance, and a fabulous spirit-lifter’ Ruth Jones, Sunday Times bestselling author

‘Heart-warming and believable. This is Miranda Dickinson at her very best’ Sarah Morgan, Sunday Times bestselling author

The Start of Something is a wonderfully romantic story about the healing powers of love. Gentle and romantic, a wonderful salve for the soul, it is a charming joy of a read’ Milly Johnson, Sunday Times bestselling author

‘Miranda is such a big-hearted, generous writer, full of warmth and love’ Jenny Colgan, Sunday Times bestselling author

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Two lonely people.
One note in the window.
And what happens when they reach out…

Lachlan Wallace is stuck at home after a car accident stalled his army career. With months of physiotherapy still to endure and only his rescue dog and cat for company, he’s taken to gazing out of the window, watching the world spin on without him. And then he notices a vase of flowers on the windowsill of the apartment opposite his. Drawn to their hope and colour, he decides to reach out and sticks a message in his window…

Bethan Gwynne is a stranger in a new town. Bringing up her son Noah by herself, she is slowly rebuilding her life, but loneliness is one obstacle she has yet to overcome. She’s intrigued by a glimpse of her neighbour in the apartment across from hers – and then, one evening, she sees a message in his window just for her:


And so begins a love story of two people reaching out, daring to trust a stranger…

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Authors have fallen in love with The Start of Something:

‘Charming, quirky and properly romantic’ Mike Gayle, bestselling author of All the Lonely People

‘A truly heart-warming novel about hope, loneliness and the power of reaching out. Bethan and Lachlan's story will move anyone who's ever taken a chance on love. A magical read’ Holly Miller, bestselling author of The Sight of You

‘Charming, relatable and sweet – I was fully invested in the heartwarming love story of Bethan and Lachlan’ Laura Jane Williams, bestselling author of Our Stop

‘A proper lovely romance, and a fabulous spirit-lifter’ Ruth Jones, Sunday Times bestselling author

‘Heart-warming and believable. This is Miranda Dickinson at her very best’ Sarah Morgan, Sunday Times...

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I loved this sweet romance with a difference. Bethen is a single mum living in a block of flats and working in a failing garden centre.
Lachlan is an injured army officer living in the block opposite.
He puts a notice in his window hoping she will respond. From there starts a friendship with fun. He doesn't want her to know he is now disabled and she doesn't want him to know she has a son.
So the first meeting is through a hole 8n the hedge that separates the two blocks.
I really enjoyed the sweetness with some unusual twists to the tale..

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I actually considered ringing in sick to work so I could stay home and read this book! I immediately fell in love with Bethan and Lachie. The characters are so well written you feel like they’re old friends. I constantly found myself wondering how they were getting on during the day. A beautiful story that was just what I needed. I’m recommending this book to all my friends.

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I enjoyed this - the premise of notes in the window was a cute one, kind of Flatshare vibes, and I'm glad no attempt was made to relate it to the pandemic even though that's obviously the inspiration. A good cast of likeable characters (particularly the pets!) with a couple asshole side characters who get their comeuppance.
I found the actual formatting of the window notes a bit naff in my copy, so many of them had the basic Word/Outlook smiley face which I found a bit unrealistic. Who uses smiley faces at the end of every message, even if it's handwritten and to a stranger? I would have preferred doodles/descriptions of doodles.
Some of the story was a bit angstier than I usually go for and felt a bit longer than my usual reads but I definitely wanted to keep reading to see how it turned out.

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Thank you to Net Galley, Harper Collins and Miranda Dickinson who very kindly provided me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely adored this book from start to finish, it was everything that you want in a cute romance story but it also had so much more to it. I will definitely be purchasing a physical copy of this book once it is released and I already cannot wait to reread it!

Our main characters Bethan and Lachlan are so loveable and I really enjoyed how Miranda portrayed their vulnerability from the very start, I think this added real depth to the characters and story. I also like how we saw Lachlan in many vulnerable moments because sometimes authors tend to brush over those parts for male characters.

I think that the plot was well paced and I liked how there were other things going on in both of the characters’ lives other than just the romance as this helped to fill the story out a little more and keep things interesting. I really liked how elements of each characters’ story and background were kept secret until later in the book, I think this created a sense of mystery and it added another layer to the novel.

The actual romance of this book is so cute and just put a constant smile on my face, I was rooting for the pair the whole way though! Even though the romance is sweet I do think that there is still substance to it and that it is written very well.

As with most romance books I had pretty much guessed the entire plot after reading the first couple of chapters but this didn’t detract from my enjoyment of it in the slightest!

I wholeheartedly recommend this book if you love cute romances that you never want to put down.

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Bethan has just moved into a new flat with her young son Noah. In the flat opposite lives Lachlan, and his cat and dog, who is recovering from a recent car accident. Two lonely, broken people. Bethan notices his cat in the window, Lachlan spots her moving in. A vase of flowers results in him sticking a sign in his window asking what flowers they are. This is the start of something…

I enjoyed this sweet romance. The characters were well written and each had their own issues holding them back. I was rooting for them to get together. It’s the first book by Miranda Dickinson that I’ve read but I’ll definitely read more.

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An enjoyable read, told in alternate chapters by both of the main characters - Bethan and Lachlan.
Bethan has recently moved into a rented flat with her small son, Noah. Lachlan lives in the neighbouring building, overlooking Bethan’s flat. He is at home on sick leave, recovering from an horrific car crash that left him with terrible leg and pelvis injuries. And so with a vase of flowers and a note stuck to the window, their friendship begins at a time when they both need a friend.
A different story which I really enjoyed. The characters were believable and real. Perfect read for a rainy afternoon!

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Well what do I say? Wow wow wow. This was a slow start and I was not sure then bang it gripped me. A true love story. But the twists and turns of the main characters Lachie and Bethan. . The window was amazing. .The setting of the book was my home area which made me my smile. Noah sounded cute. I loved how they both had secrets. Not going to spoil, just read it

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Lachlan and Bethan live in flats opposite each other. When Lachlan displays a question in his window, so begins a friendship with the potential for so much more. But will a misunderstanding between them put paid to their budding romance?

A lovely lighthearted story with great characters which made for an entertaining read.

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A lighthearted read that captured my attention. I'm moving away from reading
romance but the cute cover and unusual blurb drew me in like a magnet. Another stylish read from Dickinson. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Thanks Netgalley and the Publisher. I have enjoyed everything this author has written and this was no exception. Great storyline and great characters. Liked it.

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Bethan is Lachlan's new neighbour, and she brightens his day when she has flowers in the window and he has something to concentrate on besides the struggle with his physio.
Through messages in the window they grow closer to each other, but both are keeping secrets, so when they finally do meet things don't go as expected. Can they forgive each other.

A great read.

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I wasnt sure Miranda Dickinson could beat the brilliance that was Our Story but she has with this thought provoking and emotional story.

You could relate to both Lachlan and Bethan at various points in the book and feel their frustration at certain things they face.
This book explores friendship, family and love. It shows just how important it is to reach out and talk to someone, sometimes we all need a friend, not to do anything but just to listen.

I really loved it, it made me laugh, it made me cry but it was brilliant, although I'd definitely have tissues for the end!

The book sound track at the end after the Acknowledgements was a really nice touch as well.

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Miranda Dickinson has done it again! If you like her other stories you'll love this too. This has real life emotions, twists and turns off will they won't they, and drama that you're not sure how well be resolved. It was a lovely beach read and one I'd happily recommend

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Two people find each other almost by accident; Lachlan is stuck at home undergoing physio after an accident and Bethan is new in town and feeling a little lost, a little lonely and a little overwhelmed.
One day Lachlan notices a vase of flowers in the window of the apartment opposite and is drawn by what he perceives as hope and a brighter future. So he writes a note and sticks it in the window. Will Bethan respond?
A lovely romantic and heartwarming book!

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