The Life-Changing Magic of Falling in Love

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Pub Date 24 May 2024 | Archive Date Not set


Everything in Ashleigh’s life is completely fine. Sure, she avoids conversations with her mother at all costs, but doesn’t everyone? And yes, she did turn down that promotion at work, but she loves her job just as it is, right? Oh, and she has had to ask her friends to set up dates for her, but New York dating is awful for everyone, isn’t it?

George is not ok. The beating in his chest isn’t normal, is it? If he could just secure that promotion at work moving to New York would all be worth it, wouldn’t it?

Ashleigh and George haven’t met yet, but Ashleigh knows a lot of things about George. She knows he loves soccer, that he likes his house to smell of the ocean breeze and that he’s a whizz at crosswords. All George knows about Ashleigh is that since she became his cleaner everything in his life is a little better.

Neither of them knows that their worlds are about to collide. Could they be just what the other one needs?

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‘The Life-Changing Magic of Falling in Love' - Eve Devon

Set in New York, Ashleigh is a cleaner with an almost pathological need to clean and create order out of chaos. Meanwhile, George is a new client who doesn’t appear to need a cleaner; his apartment is so sterile and neat. What is going on? And what’s with all the crossword clues that they start to leave each other?

On the face of it, this is a book about two people connecting and falling in love. However, ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Falling in Love’ is so much more than that. It looks at how our experiences growing up and our expectations as adults can often cause us to make the wrong decisions, in an effort to keep going or to run away and hide from our perceived failures. Anyone who has ever had a panic attack or suffered stress at work, will identify with the main characters and some of the side characters too.

I read ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Falling in Love’ in one sitting. It is well written, fast paced and flows really well. I loved Ashleigh and George from the beginning which, for me, is half the battle. The novel is very romantic, funny and witty. It made me laugh out loud and also made me cry. It has a host of likeable characters besides the main protagonists who all add to the charm of this novel. ( I am aspiring to be Mrs Lundy when I am older).

Five stars from me!

Thank you to Chloe Cummings at One More Chapter - HarperCollins

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This was a really sweet romance, I loved the notes exchanged between George and Ashleigh before they finally came to meet face to face and the crossword clues!

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I loved Eve Devon’s Whisper Wood series and it’s been a long wait for this but definitely worth it. This has some of the most lovely book characters with Ashleigh who has rebuilt her life after a painful loss and now has a job she loves, the most caring friends in Oz and Carlos and the warmest heart. Then there’s George who feels like he’s finally living after a childhood of restrictions but is the life he’s got the one he actually wants? This is a delightful character read about moving on but also crucially about anxiety which is very sensitively handled whilst demonstrating how terrifying it can seem. The relationship between Ashleigh and George was beautifully set up with the crossword connection which provided a cute link between them throughout and Ashleigh’s fears about getting close to someone she might lose adding another dimension. Overall this an incredibly warm and uplifting read which was well worth waiting for.

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If this doesn’t speak romcom perfection I don’t know what does!… I was so delighted with the warm fuzzy feeling this book left me with.

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