Elsie Maynard never expected to be starting again…
…but eighteen months on from the biggest challenge of her life, she is doing just that –because she made a promise to the person who believed in her the most.
Determined to step into her uncertain future, Elsie meets handsome Oliver Hogarth, who seems intent on winning her heart; she inadvertently founds a choir, and overcomes obstacles – most of which involve arrogant Torin Stewart.
Then a heartfelt request brings her to Paris – and the final item on ‘The List’ that she never dared complete.
Can Elsie follow her heart and put her past to rest?
When I Fall In Love is the latest moving read from Miranda Dickinson. It will make you cry, laugh and feel part of the story. The reason why Elsie is starting again is withheld from the reader at the beginning of the book. This unusual choice allows the reader to warm to Elsie without feeling sorry for her. And warm to her I did. I could relate to her location, Brighton is very close to where I live and have spent many a weekend there either shopping, browsing the Laines and best of all enjoying the nightlife. Careful consideration has been taken to set the scene. Miranda uses excellent descriptions that even if you weren’t familiar with Gardner Street you get a flavour through what is written for just what it’s like. The story itself was refreshing. You have your usual chick lit format but how Elsie gets there is so different to many books I’ve read, which seem to follow the same girl meets boy, boy does something which upsets girl, boy redeems himself and then they both live happily ever after. The first thing that jumps out is that Elsie had her chance of living happily ever after torn away from her, and because of this it has the possibility of ensuring she’ll never get a happy ever after.
How can it be a Miranda Dickinson book without something to do with music or being creative being a big part of the story? Elsie starts up a community choir which is a fabulous idea and really makes me want to get out there and join a Glee like club so I can live out my Rachel-esq fantasy. I felt part of the book in a way, I think mainly due to my connection with Brighton – I drive the A27 nearly on a daily basis. And the idea of the list is fantastic – it’s inspired me to do a bucket list. I loved this book and rate it a Must Read.