Author: Freya North
What keeps you up all night? They were high-school sweethearts who hadn’t seen each other for seventeen years. And suddenly they’re in front of each other – in a tiny sweet shop in the middle of nowhere. Neither can quite believe it. These days, Petra works in London as a jeweller while Arlo has left his rock-and-roll lifestyle for the wilds of North Yorkshire. Out of the blue, their paths have just crossed. But for first love to have a second chance both must put their pasts to bed. However, there are skeletons in Arlo’s closet which keep him up at night. And just what is it that causes Petra to sleepwalk?
To be honest I did not complete the entire book. Simply because the story was oh so obvious right from the start, and personally, I do not like to read stories where everything is so cliched, and works out exactly as you think it would.
The story starts with Petra being in an emotionally abusive relationship with a jerk face of a “handsome and rich” guy who treats her like a piece of furniture. But, like every true heroine she thinks he is heads over heals in love with her, and it is OK if he makes fun of her in front of the world, talks rudely to her, and what not? After all, who wants self respect when they can have love?
Then we have Arlo, who does not want to be in a relationship with anyone at the moment. And is a musician, who teaches at school and dedicated one song to Petra when they were in high school.
And then the story kind of became obvious. But, still, like an ever hopeful soul I kept on reading. But then, Petra finds her “boyfriend” is cheating on her (duh!), and so they part ways…
There are many sub stories like Petra’s relation with her parents, and her sleepwalking etc. which was different, but that is so only for a few pages, before it loosing its novelty.
Also, I should mention here that it won the romantic novel of the year (RoNa) award in the year 2008..So, I guess there are people who have liked it…But then again there are people who have loved Twilight and 50 shades…so..to each his own.