Eight Perfect Hours

Author: Lia Louis

I read this story during the ‘holiday break,’ as if it was much of one with the kids home, entertaining, and the never-ending cooking and cleaning! The holidays can be stressful so taking out a little bit of time, right before bed for me, is when I can unwind and lose myself in a book and this book was perfect for it.

What’s the Story?

This book had such a great meet-cute that instantly I could envision it. Noelle Butterby is doing her best to get by with an ailing mother and a brother living his best life, she is left to hold down the fort. Working multiple jobs and none of them is what she absolutely loves to do which is garden and creating beautiful flower arrangements. 

Noelle has had a particularly awful evening at an old college event when her ex of ten years not only shows up but completely ignores her. Her phone is on its last bit of battery life and the charger in the car has chosen that moment to not cooperate. Her main concern is her mom, stuck at home alone and she has no way to get ahold of anyone to help her. Until she meets a handsome stranger who has witnessed her meltdown in the car and offered to help. 

Sam Attwood is an American who is in the U.K. visiting family when the two of them are stuck side by side on the highway thanks to a blizzard. Noelle is out of options and desperate enough to climb into his warm, luxury truck rental just long enough to charge her phone… or so she thinks, until EIGHT PERFECT HOURS later she is forced to leave their snow-covered bubble and wonders if she will ever see him again.

The good, the bad & the meh…

The good: I LOVED the meet-cute. And as a Canadian, I could totally see it being a reality! I liked how the story continued past those perfect eight hours and how the most unusual circumstances kept leading in the same direction. OMG the ending ( I wish I could do heart emojis) and NO I can’t say anymore, I don’t want to give it away.

The bad: Ugh, I kinda hated the EX. I know it actually had a good plot line with him and as someone who has rebounded back to someone before I can absolutely see it, but I liked and didn’t like him.

The meh: I really wish there was a bit more to the trapped on the highway scene, but I absolutely get it there is only so much one can portray when the characters are trapped in a car. I felt the parts with Daisy dragged a little bit. Now with that said It all comes full circle which I LOVED, but the in-between and the constant talk about it throughout the whole book could have been lightened just a smidge.

Eight hours trapped by a blizzard in a car with a perfect handsome American stranger, never to be seen again, right? Well, that may not be the plan after all… at least not by them.

This book was a fun read. Fun, sweet, romantic, and angsty! Low to no spice and honestly that was okay with me. The book has enough swoony moments that had me grinning while I read it.

So, pick a nice snowy day, get cozy & snuggle up with a blanket and a good cup of tea and grab your copy.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Okay, I loved your review really makes me want to read the book. I will definitely need to add it to my TBR pile.

    Sarah | http://www.aspoonfulofvanilla.co.uk

  2. thriftplanenjoyd34977dd4e says:

    Sounds like such a cute book to read and really interesting. Adding it to my Goodreads reading list!

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