Published: 22nd May 2014
Publisher: Penguin UK
Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob – the man she’s about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben – best man and the best friend any two people ever had.
And that’s the problem.
Because if it wasn’t Rob waiting for her at the altar, there’s a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive, Ben has always kept his feelings to himself, but if he turned round and told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be right?
Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. Maddy has a choice to make but will she choose wisely? Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depend on it…
Having read Giovanna’s first book, Billy and Me, I was thrilled when she announced that she would be writing a second.
When I found my copy tucked away in Waterstones, a day before the official release date, I actually squealed in excitement at the chance of diving head first in to this book early and I was not disappointed. I actually finished reading this in only 4 hours, I could not put it down.
The story begins with Maddy stood at the end of the aisle, wondering if she has made the right decision about who she is marrying. The story then travels back to when they are nine years old and meet for the first time. It is told from the points of view of both Maddy and Ben. Though I would have liked to have seen things from Rob’s point of view, we do in fact hear snippets from him on the big day.
From then on we travel through their lives, learning about the relationship of the affectionately dubbed ‘tripod’ but also the trials and tribulations that they experience along the way. The reader is carried from childhood to adult life, experiencing the feelings and emotions alongside the three characters, journeying with them on their love-triangle.
Maddy, Ben and Rob all work fantastically well together but it is their individual personalities and characteristics which shine through to help you experience all that they do and feel like their story is your own. I certainly went on the emotional roller coaster with them, the amount of tissues in my bin from weeping can attest to that.
Of course people are going to have favourites, but I for one could not decide between Ben and Rob, different aspects of their personalities and ways appealed to me at different times, I certainly would not have wanted to have been Maddy and have to have made a choice. At various points through the book I found myself shouting at Maddy, urging her to make a decision as though she was my friend and I was there for her through the process.
This novel could have gone in any direction, but I was very please with the overall ending of it, for me, it was the right decision of who Maddy had to end up with. It was a heartwarming and brilliant ending to an equally heartwarming and brilliant book.
For anyone who enjoys chic-lit or who has read Giovanna’s previous novel, this read is a must, I guarantee you that you will not regret it.