Phoebe is caught between a rock and a hard place. Settle down and get married, or return to the French Alps to pursue her passion?
Eliza is in love with someone who is no longer hers. In fact, he probably never was… And her dream of becoming a successful musician seems to be vanishing before her eyes.
Rose is out of a job and out of a boyfriend. To make matters worse, she’s been forced to move back in with her mother…
But these very different girls have one thing in common. Angus. The one they fell in love with…
Obviously it should go without saying that I was excited for this book. It’s no secret that Paige Toon is my favourite author and has been since I first read ‘Lucy in the Sky’ back when it was released in 2007. When I received her new book at the spring blogger event, I was beyond excited. When the cover was revealed I fell even more in love.
The premise of this book is fascinating. It’s unusual enough to read about triplets, but add a mutual love interest and things are bound to get even more interesting. Phoebe, Rose and Eliza may be identical in looks but are far from the same in personality. Phoebe is kind hearted and adventurous, Rose smart and sensible and Eliza creative and more of a free spirit. This is Paige’s first book where the story is told through multiple viewpoints. Each triplet was distinctive in their voice as you get to know each person separately, reading about their lives and their inner thoughts. Instantly relatable, each one captures and kept my attention so that I couldn’t stop reading, even if I had wanted to.
Phoebe is everyone’s favourite twin, the glue that holds Rose and Eliza’s temperamental relationship together. They would both do anything to make her happy, and she has some shine to her that I warmed to her instantly. However she has some unrest in her mind, and has a feeling a trip to back to Chamonix, where she spent much of her gap year many years ago will help help her.
Rose is the triplet I related to the most. She can come across as uptight but I think it’s her desire to ‘obey the rules’, worried bathings will happen otherwise and also she wants to please everyone and it all somehow translates to almost self righteousness but she never means it that way. During the book she takes a job no one expects her to, working the front counter of a bakery whilst coming from a nursing background is quitter a change, especially as she loves caring for people, however it’s clear she needed time away from the stresses and it seemed the perfect opportunity. This assed with the younger and fun-loving Toby, it really catalysts Rose coming into her own. Whilst she seems the most ‘grown-up’ of the triplets, she’s perhaps the one that’s most lost as to who she is.
Eliza is the youngest triplet and despite it being by minutes, at times you can tell. She is the most sensitive one. I imagine she felt a little left out, as Phoebe was closest to their dad, and Rose to her mum. So while her exterior might be tough and carefree on the inside she is struggling, while she knows who she is, there is a lot of guilt inside her and can’t really confide in anyone.
Now onto Angus, the object of all of their affections. Towards the start I was a bit wary, I am not sure why, he was obviously handsome, but there was something I still can’t quite put my finger on why, but I wasn’t sure. However this quickly dissipated as I got to know him. He was soon coming across as the funny, charming and genuinely thoughtful hero you expect from a Paige Toon book
Once again Paige has written a book I cant recommend enough. It’s utterly fantastic and I’m having debates with myself if this may have dethroned Chasing Daisy as my favourite book by Paige Toon (though think the F1 setting and Luis might just be winning it for Chasing Daisy so far). It dials up the emotion on her previous books, meaning that had me thinking about it love after finishing it.
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Gratefully received from the Publisher for review