This is a difficult review to write. One the one hand, the story kept me riveted to the pages as I wanted to find out what happened each year on February 4. One the other hand, I felt myself feeling more and more depressed as I read each chapter. This book just emotionally did me in. My heart hurt for one main character and I felt intense frustration for the other main character. I knew it would probably end well, as all romantic comedies should, yet I couldn’t get past the heartache and lost time together.
This book did have plenty of lighthearted moments and fun references, which helped cement which year events were occurring in. It was also fun to have a tie in with Hollywood through Olivia’s audacious roommate. In the end, I was happy with how things finally worked out, yet I still had that sense of overall sadness for what seemed to me wasted years.
I have enjoyed two other books by this author and thought that they were both so very good, so I do plan to read more of this author’s work. Some books and readers are just not the right match, and I think that is what happened with Plot Twist. This clean fiction story, while very similar in feeling to the movie, When Harry Met Sally, ended up not being a good fit for me.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
An aspiring screenwriter has a chance encounter with an actor who could be the man of her dreams. Over the next ten years, she’ll write the story . . . but will he end up being the star?
February 4, 2003, promises to be a typical day for Olivia Ross—a greeting card writer whose passion project is a screenplay of her own. But after she and a handsome actor have a magical meet-cute in a coffee shop, they make a spontaneous pact: in ten years, after they’ve found the success they’re just sure they’re going to achieve, they’ll return to the coffeehouse to partner up and make a film together. The only problem? Olivia neglected to get the stranger’s name. But she doesn’t forget his face—or the date.
For the next ten years, every February 4 is marked with coincidences and ironies for Olivia. As men come and go and return to her life, she continues to write, but still wonders about the guy from the coffee shop—the nameless actor she’s almost certain has turned out to be Hamish MacDougal, now a famous A-lister and Hollywood leading man.
But a lot can happen in ten years, and while waiting for the curtain to rise on her fate, the true story of Olivia’s life is being written—and if she’s not careful, she’ll completely miss the real-life romantic comedy playing out right before her eyes.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bethany Turner has been writing since the second grade, when she won her first writing award for explaining why, if she could have lunch with any person throughout history, she would choose John Stamos. She stands by this decision. Bethany now writes pop culture-infused rom-coms for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humor and insight. She lives in Southwest Colorado with her husband, whom she met in the nineties in a chat room called Disco Inferno. As sketchy as it sounds, it worked out pretty well in this case, and they are now the proud parents of two teenagers. Connect with Bethany at seebethanywrite.com or across social media @seebethanywrite, where she clings to the eternal dream that John Stamos will someday send her a friend request. Text her any time at (970) 387-7811.