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    Beautiful & Endearing

    When Izzy and Sam meet by chance it's love at first sight - at least for Izzy, even though she doesn't believe in it. However, there is a massive problem as it happens to be the day that Sam is marrying Lana. Izzy can't stop thinking about Sam, but eventually meets and marries Dominic. Years later, Sam has never forgotten Izzy - the lovely young woman who asked him for a date outside of the café where she worked on a winter's morning all those years ago. When their paths finally cross again they find out whether some obstacles are too big for true love to overcome. A heart-warming and satisfying story, The First Time We Met was a joy to read, and I relished every moment. Izzy and Sam were both well-drawn, lovely characters and it was a pleasure to read about their respective families. Sam was so endearing and charming and Izzy was like a breath of fresh air. They made a great pairing and I was rooting for them right from the start. Jo Lovett's writing style really suited me and I loved the brand of humour she incorporated into the story. I will be looking to read more from her in the future. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Bookouture via NetGalley at my request and this review is my own unbiased opinion.
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    Love at first Sight?

    One look and Izzy knew she found her Hearts desire, but Sam was getting married that day! Years later he comes back into your life, but your married and pregnant! What if you could be together, but an ocean separates you and other issues arise! The author takes Sam & Izzy on a journey of life and choices that real people deal with everyday and the characters become real to you. You laugh with them and cry with them. The author does a remarkable job at keeping the storyline fresh and interesting so that you want to turn the pages! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read! I received an advanced copy from NetGalley and these are my willingly given thoughts and opinions.
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    A heartwarming story

    This book had me at “What if you met The One on his wedding day?” What a great hook this is and one that immediately captured my attention. It was nice to read this heartwarming tale and feel something other than dread with what has been going on in the world at the moment. The First Time We Met, follows Izzy and Sam and their journey which runs over the course of a fifteen year period. It is a story about love at first sight, how timing is everything and if people are really destined to be together, how the universe can intervene It is an uplifting and a light hearted read and is the perfect escape to get lost in. The characters of Izzy and Sam have been lovingly and beautifully created and you can’t help but become invested in them. With the story alternating the narration between the two, we get a great insight into each of lives after their first meeting. You just know that they are destined to be together and I was rooting for them throughout. Jo Lovett is a new author to me and I thoroughly enjoyed her style of storytelling. It is very engaging, fluid and as a debut novel, she has done a really great job. It is well plotted, executed and with a cast of characters that you can relate and resonate with, makes this a very enjoyable read. The First Time We Met is a gorgeous read that will have you feeling all warm and fuzzy. Jo Lovett has poured her heart and soul into it and she was able to capture this girl’s crime and psychological thriller obsessed heart! It was a pleasure to read and review The First Time We Met, which I recommend.
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    The one that got away -- or maybe not?

    I love the premise of this book -- that sometimes when a person meets The One, the timing isn't right. But that doesn't mean they aren't meant to be together. That's Izzy and Sam's story. They meet on the most unexpected day. Izzy is a waitress in a greasy spoon and tired of being harassed by the unwelcome sexual innuendos of her male customers. Then Sam walks into the diner. Izzy seems the sympathy and understanding in his eyes, and she's immediately drawn to him. It's more than the subtle sparks that fly between them. Izzy feels a deeper connection, which is crazy since she's only spoken to him for a few minutes while he ordered his breakfast. She's sure he feels it too, so when he finishes his meal and leaves the diner, she runs out after him and nervously asks him if he would like to meet for coffee sometime. She detects sadness and regret in his eyes when he tells her that he's on his way to the church down the street because it's his wedding day. Feeling foolish, Izzy rushes back into work and tries to forget him. Soon afterwards, she meets Dominic. She doesn't feel the same spark as she felt with Sam, but he's loving and considerate and she decides to marry him. The years pass. She wonders about Sam. Does he and his wife have children now? She even thinks she sees him one day at the library, but he doesn't acknowledge her. More years pass. Now she's pregnant with her and Dominic's first child. She's been shopping for baby things and her hands are full of packages, when she bumps into Sam. It's uncomfortable at first, but they quickly establish a rapport and she invites him to lunch so they can catch up. They share an enjoyable lunch and go their separate ways, each again realizing the special connection they have that can never turn into anything more than casual acquaintance because of circumstances. However, fate isn't done with their relationship yet. They meet again 14 years later. Sam's a widow with twins -- Liv and Barney. Sam works long hours as a corporate lawyer, and is fighting the guilt of not spending enough time with his kids. He's also fighting guilt over a near-fatal car crash that left Liv in the hospital for months. The car crash also affected Barney, who has developed a stutter and has withdrawn into himself to avoid being teased by his teenage friends. Sam has tried everything he can to help Barney overcome his stutter. They've visited a myriad of doctors and speech therapists, but Barney has not responded to any of their therapies. Sam remembers Izzy telling him (at lunch, when she was pregnant with Ruby) that she was a speech therapist. Desperate, Sam emails Izzy and asks her if she could try to help his son. She responds and they agree to try a few over-the-phone speech therapy sessions (since she lives in England and Barney/Sam/Liv live in New York). Barney immediately takes to Izzy's compassionate manner and begins responding to Izzy's techniques, gaining confidence that allows him to minimize his stutter. In the meantime, Sam and Izzy are developing a friendship via email, sharing their experiences with parenting and balancing work and family life. Izzy begins to feel guilty because she's still married to Dominic, although it's just a marriage in name because they were having problems and decided to separate when he moved to Milan, Italy for a job. Dominic really isn't a part of Izzy and Ruby's daily lives, but Izzy still feels guilty because she's not formally divorced. She fights even more guilt over her feelings for Sam, which have not changed despite their lives taking completely separate paths. Deep inside, she knows they belong together, but she puts those feelings on the back shelf, knowing that if she divorced Dominic, she would hurt her daughter Ruby. Throughout the story, we see the struggles that Sam and Izzy each face, knowing in their hearts that they belong together, but knowing that they can't be together because of a variety of circumstances -- their marriages, their children, their jobs, and the fact that they live on two different continents. Throughout the book, fate teases them with glimpses of what they could have if they were together. It gives them small fragments of time together so they can realize how perfectly attuned they are to each other. But then fate pulls them apart again. For example, Sam visits London with his children and Izzy and Ruby have a picnic in the park with them. Everyone seems to get along wonderfully until Sam's teenage daughter Liv realizes there is strong bond between her father and Izzy, and then she starts to cause trouble, mainly because she's afraid that her father will have even less time for her if he has a girlfriend. Do the stars ever align so that Sam and Izzy finally come together as a couple? I don't want to spoil it for you in this review, so you will have to read the book and find out! Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this wonderful book i
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    Such a fun reads!

    What a heartwarming read! I very rarely read romance books but I was craving for something light and refreshing and boy did I find it in this book. I really enjoyed this story of Izzy who was working in a diner when Sam came in and she felt an instant attraction to him. By the time she had served him his breakfast and he was ready to leave, she was convinced they were destined for each other and he was the one. She gathered the courage to ask him to go out with her that evening but Sam confessed to her that he was getting married that day. Fast forward 14 years, Sam married and is widowed with twins, Liv and Barney. Izzy has married but is separated, has a young daughter and is a speech therapist. What happens when their paths cross again??? I will let you find out when you read this very interesting book.. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this refreshing book in exchange for an honest review.

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