Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Blurb from Goodreads:
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row.
A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?
Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.
"Love isn't supposed to make sense. It's completely illogical.”
I LOVED THIS BOOK!! This book was so filled with sweet ooey gooey sweetness that I was just so happy reading it. I think this is my favorite love story for the year. I loved these characters and the story so much. I absolutely loved it! I can't say it enough.
Jennifer E. Smith writes another great love story that ends with an open end for readers to imagine how the couple end up. And since I love this couple so much, I say they lived happily ever after going on their road trip to North Dakota and it's perfect (hehe).
So this book is about Hadley who is going to the airport to attend the wedding of her father that she hasn't seen in over a year to a woman that she has never met. She is only four minutes late to her flight and boy, am I just so happy she was! She must change to the next flight and ends up sitting next to the gorgeous, British, and incredibly sweet Oliver. I loved Oliver. I loved him the second he offered to watch her luggage when a rude woman in the waiting area wouldn't. I loved that he decided to get up and carry her suitcase for her and they went to have lunch. He was just a perfect gentleman and I shipped them so hard the entire book and I am so happy with how it ended.
But let's dive into the characters. I think one of my favorite characters in the book was Hadley's dad, Andrew. Andrew left for a summer program to be a professor in Oxford and ends up meeting a new woman and leaving Hadley's mother and her. I thought this was so heartbreaking for Hadley because the whole time she is struggling with his new marriage to a woman she has never met and already hates because she is not her mother. She feels she is getting left behind in her father's new life. So the fact that her father was trying to include her and making sure that nothing was going to change between them was just heartwarming. I loved reading the flashbacks Hadley would think about that included her dad and it was touching. I loved the relationship she had with him and was really hoping that they could patch things up. I cried only two times during this book and they were both during scenes with Hadley and her father. Especially when she broke down at the hotel and he pulls her away and tells her it's time to consult the elephant. Awwwwww! Just like he would do when she was litle.
“He’s like a song she can’t get out of her head. Hard as she tries, the melody of their meeting runs through her mind on an endless loop, each time as surprisingly sweet as the last, like a lullaby, like a hymn, and she doesn’t think she could ever get tired of hearing it.”
Now Oliver was really sweet. I loved that he spent the whole flight to London trying to distract Hadley because she was claustrophobic and afraid of flying. He made up silly research plans and jokes for her that it was just too cute. He also drew her a drawing of a duck with a hat and sneakers on a napkin?! They just spent the whole flight talking about everything that it was surprising that they had only met a couple of hours before. It was like they were already so comfortable together that it was hard to believe this book took place in a 24 hour time period.
This book was just all sweet and lovey. I love J.E. Smith's writing so much and I will definitely continue reading anything she writes. Plus I just love the formatting of her physical books as well. The fonts on the cover, the page themes, the little doodles on the pages, everything! It's all so cute and perfect for the books. And I absolutely love how she ended the book and worked in the title. I couldn't help but smile like an idiot when I read it.
“What are you really studying?"
He leans back to look at her. "The statistical probability of love at first sight."
"Very funny," she says. "What is it really?"
"I don't believe you."
He laughs, then lowers his mouth so that it's close to her ear. "People who meet in airports are seventy-two percent more likely too fall for each other than people who meet anywhere else.”
Do I recommend this book? Absolutely