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  • Abbie tries to recreate old dates

    Abbie and Matt were childhood sweethearts, friends have got together, had kids, split up etc but Matt and Abbie keep going, twenty years together and nine married. But lately Abbie has felt something is missing, they've lost that indescribable spark that let her forgive him for always leaving a dirty teaspoon on the side of the sink instead of putting it in the dishwasher (and Matt forgiving her for never closing a cupboard door - which my husband also does). Abbie's WhatsApp friends group suggest she tries to recreate some occasions from their past, first date, etc. Of course what they are forgetting is that first dates when you are sixteen or seventeen are at Burger King and Nando's - not exactly the romantic dream LOL. Nevertheless, Abbie does try, and revisiting some of their old haunts/memories does bring them closer together, but there are some big issues and secrets causing the rift between them - will Operation Memory Lane heal the rift or break them apart? This is the first book I've read which neither ignores lockdown nor dismisses it as something that happened in the past. Instead, there is no mention of COVID, just the grim reality of Abbie and Matt working from home together, at either end of their kitchen table, for months on end, the inability to get away from each other or do anything else, albeit that in Abbie and Matt's universe things are starting to return to normal. There's humour, nostalgia (how I loved those trips down Memory Lane with the music and the food and the TV shows), pathos and so much more. Loved it. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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  • Going back in time

    Thank you for the publisher and NetGalley for granting me access to this ARC. Abbie and Matt have known each other since high school fell in love and stayed together throughout university while their love for each other growing. Now married for 9 years and at the age of 37, Abbie is feeling the spark has died between them. The relationship is cold and clouded by routine and as if they hit the end of the road. Therefore, Abbie's friends suggest she recreate their most loved, precious, and memorable moments between her and her husband maybe it will help ignite their spark again. Will they be able to go through their memories and the past again? Will that help them? Will their relationship survive or is separation the only solution? The development of the story is so slow, it has potential however I wasn't interested at all and found myself just flipping the pages to reach the end. It wasn't for me but that doesn't mean it's that bad maybe you will love it. It's worth the try.

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  • Very Good

    Matt and Abbie are both 37 and have been together for 20 years. Now they fight over the most inconsequential of things. Abbie is going to ignite “Operation Memory Lane” to remind her husband and herself about all the reasons she loves him rather than the things she now hates, in an attempt to rescue her marriage. is witty and heartfelt, told through alternating past and present chapters from Abbie. Romantic and emotional in part, the author also allows a bird's eve view into the daily domestic minutiae of married life. The main characters, their habits, memories, chemistry and love are well portrayed. A good, solid romantic read written with astuteness, that isn't too sugary. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Friends are important....

    Abbie and Matt have been together since they were teenagers. They’re now 37 and having a difficult time in their marriage. Unable to have a child, this has brought pressure on their relationship and they need to try to rekindle some of the romance that brought them together all those years ago. P.S. I Hate You (Abbie never does actually hate Matt), skips back and forth between the present, and when Abbie and Matt first met, following them throughout significant events in their life together. The author focuses a huge amount on how important friends are in a woman’s life and how good friends stick around, no matter what. If Abbie has a problem, or is upset, it’s The Girlfriend Club’s WhatsApp group she turns to, and there is always someone at the end of a message with support and advice. I enjoyed how Abbie tried to recreate some of the good memories that her and Matt had shared, some worked out, some didn’t but it both were keen to try! Sophie Ranald shows us the parts of relationships that people rarely talk about, the frustrating, annoying little things that when things are going well, we don’t care about, but when something isn’t right, then we create mountains out of molehills! If you want something easy and fun to read, to while away a few hours, then try this new one from Sophie. I am lucky enough to be a part of Books on Tour for this, so thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read and review an ARC of P.S. I Hate You by Sophie Ranald.

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  • Not what you’re expecting

    Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for this earc Let me start with the fact that this cover have nothing to do with the story. NOTHING I’m also going to tell off the bet that this is not a rom com. This is not DEFINITELY not about a bad husband This a story of Abbie who are being together with her husband for 20 years trying bring spark back to their relationship. I’m happy a book like that is out there. It’s important to remember that marriage doesn’t just happen. That people need to work on it. This story took us through the pain of two people who’re unable to have kids and again, it’s a very important topic. And even with having flashbacks to how Abbie and Matt fell in love, not at any point of this story I felt like I was reading something light and fun which this cover and blurb suggested. This book didn’t have crazy ups or downs. Didn’t have fights or make up sex This is just a story of a very regular married couple that somehow added up in chick lit section instead of drama/relationship section

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