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  • Moving, Tender & Touching!

    A gorgeous story! I’m surprised I haven’t come across this author’s work before. Noelle and Sam are strangers who find themselves stranded due to snow and, for eight hours, there is a connection but they will never see each other again – or will they? This is the most wonderful read! I love that the blurb keeps all it’s secrets which, for me, adds to the sheer enjoyment. A very engaging story with that elusive magical quality which keeps us reading to the very end. The characters are skilfully created and the whole thing is beautifully written. A very touching tale by an immensely talented author; a tender romance where the ending is never a given, this had me hooked all the way through. Moving, tender and realistic, this is a novel I’m happy to give my highest recommendation and all five glowing stars.

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  • Destiny

    This is a beautiful read from Lia Louis featuring downtrodden Noelle who kept her life small after the tragic death of her friend in their teens and Sam who has been unable to settle anywhere since he lost his cousin in his teens, an event he feels responsible for. A heavy snowstorm leads them to spend 8 hours together when their cars get stuck amongst motorway traffic but when the road clears they move on and away from each other. This is an unexpected but credible look at destiny and also the impact a traumatic event has on who you are, the choices you make and the life you lead. Noelle was a beautiful person with a lot of loyalty and some fabulous friends, we only saw Sam through Noelle’s eyes and it might have been good to hear some of his thoughts but he was still a strong character and their stories intertwined wonderfully.

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  • Adorable and heart-warming

    On the way back from a school reunion party Noelle Butterby hits traffic on the motorway eventually coming to a stop due to heavy snow and a jack-knifed lorry. She is in a bit of a panic as her phone has died and she needs to check on her disabled mother, who recently had a stroke. In the car next to her is Sam, an American who was heading to the airport to return home. He offers Noelle the use of his charger and for the next few hours the pair chat endlessly about everything and anything, then in the early hours of the morning the road reopens and they go their separate way. Noelle’s old best friend who died when they were teenagers believed a Chinese proverb about an invisible red thread that connects those that are destined to meet and sure enough, Noelle and Sam now can’t help bumping into one another. Eight Perfect Hours is a feel-good book that had me rooting for these two caring and likeable characters who after a chance encounter on the motorway now can’t stop bumping into one another. I loved the plot and the idea of the invisible red thread – I’d never heard of the proverb before. There were some secondary plots involving ex’s family, and friends, which I wasn’t that interested in as they contained some characters that really got on my nerves, especially Ed and Dilly. However, luckily these didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the main plot which was heart-warming, realistic, and sweet. The book feels very much like a plot from a romance movie with two people who clearly like one another but life and circumstances stand in their way but destiny, or the red thread, have other ideas. It genuinely is a beautiful book, which is well-written and had me gripped to the pages finishing it in just two sittings.

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  • Amazing

    A beatifully written love story. I couldn't put this book down. It gripped me from the start. An outstanding book. Loved it

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