What if you almost missed the love of your life because you were late to catch your train?
Our Stop is a sweet and funny story of perpetually late, disorganised, honest and kind-hearted Nadia and shy, all-round-good, romantic Daniel.
Nadia has just come out of a really bad relationship and feels she needs to change her lifestyle and daily routine to make it calmer, healthier, more organised. One of the changes in her routine is making sure she does get on that 7.30 am train to work. And so she does..on Monday, sometimes even Tuesday. Then life creeps in, late nights with friends, Netflix, too much wine..and the New Routine gets abandoned until the following Monday. One day her friend Emma texts her that The Missing Connections, a lonely hearts section in the newspaper they both flick through on a regular basis, has a message describing somebody who sounds like Nadia.
Nadia is intrigued, so when her friend responds on her behalf, she is more embarrassed and excited than angry. Unfortunately, meeting each other in real life proves unexpectedly difficult as they keep missing their opportunities for months and months. Meanwhile, the story goes viral and lots of people root for the Train Guy and Girl from #Our Stop entry to meet and fall in love.
The book was a bit slow at the beginning, but by the middle I was so involved that I couldn’t put it down. It is lovely, heart-warming and very modern. Only in our times, it can be considered creepy to start a conversation on the underground train, but not so to search for somebody’s recent and not so recent photos on Instagram.
I just loved the story of Nadia’s friends Emma and Gaby. Of course, it can be quite daunting when two of your best friends from different contexts meet and seem to like each other more than they like you. But love and friendships do move in their own mysterious ways and as long as you keep laughing together, your relationship is going to thrive and survive.
Recommended for anybody who loves romcoms and believes you can meet your Special One anywhere as long as you are emotionally ready. Do you remember magical Serendipity with Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack? If you are destined to be together, you’ll find each other no matter where and when, and the 7.30 a.m. train is as good a place as any.
Thank you to NetGalley and Avon for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.