A series of missed connections is the premise behind Kavanagh’s For Once in My Life. It’s a boy meets girl, eventually, if you will. The problem is that while the characters are likable enough, the lead up to them actually meeting drags on for so long that readers could potentially stop caring if they’ll ever meet.
Tess works in customer relations, but her dream is to open a store specializing in vintage clothes, her passion. Her boyfriend, Dominic, is gorgeous, but dull. Not content with her life, but content enough to not make any changes, Tess has settled into a predictable life with Dominic and her job. Her best friend, Kirsty, knows that Tess can do better in the boyfriend department and spends years trying to introduce her to the man she thinks is the perfect match for Tess, George.
George’s name may not sound very exciting, but he’s an up and coming jazz musician. The problem is his band has been up and coming for years and the other band members are tired of waiting on their big break. When they break up to pursue “grown up” professions, George continues to pursue his dream. That is, until he falls in lust with a no nonsense corporate climber.
Several things happen that prevent George and Tess from meeting early on. Reading about their individual lives from the moment they’re made aware of each other until they finally meet is too drawn out. Going in, you know they’ll meet at some point and you expect it to be magical because they’ve waited so long to meet. Unfortunately, it’s not magical. In fact, it’s not very exciting at all.
Published: June 2014
Disclaimer: Copy of book received from publisher, opinions are my own.
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