BOOK REVIEW: LAURA JANE WILLIAMS – OUR STOP

Today, it’s a review of a book that I have wanted to read for ages and I’ve finally read it and it didn’t disappoint! Today, it’s all about the wonderful Laura Jane Williams’ Our Stop.

This book has been all over my social media with everyone falling in love with it and I’ve been so excited to read it! But my partner, Ryan, needed something new to read so he went to read it first and he loved it instantly. He couldn’t stop talking about it or laughing in bed at certain parts of it which made me want to read it even more. But on our trip to London, I thought what better place to start it than London which is a big character in the book itself. So, first… what’s it about? Here’s the blurb:

What if you almost missed the love of your life?

Nadia gets the 07.30 train every morning without fail. Well, except if she oversleeps or wakes up at her friend Emma’s after too much wine.

Daniel really does get the 07.30 train every morning, which is easy because he hasn’t been able to sleep properly since his Dad died.

One morning, Nadia’s eye catches sight of a post in the daily paper:

To the cute girl with the coffee stains on her dress. I’m the guy who’s always standing near the doors… Drink sometime?

So begins a not-quite-romance of near-misses, true love, and the power of the written word.

A wonderfully funny will-they-won’t-they romance told with real emotional honesty.

I honestly really loved this book. Straight away, I was hooked! I needed something a bit more light, a bit more fun, a bit more romantic to read. Something to escape in for a little bit and this book did that for me – and more! I gobbled it up and read it in a day pretty much as I was too invested in the story and characters. Williams has created some really wonderful characters that jump from the page; especially with the leads, Daniel and Nadia. The book is split in different chapters where we get a different perspective of both Daniel and Nadia – and some other characters in the mix too. I really loved this idea and thought it was quite clever. As they keep missing each other, and if we’re in Daniel’s perspective, Williams writes something like: ‘If he waited just a few more minutes, he could tell her himself…’ which made me go ‘ugh! I need to know what happens!’ As the pasta water bubbles over… I really found this a book to be something you can escape into for a while and be lost in the romance of it all, just like Daniel and Nadia.The writing style is funny, witty, smart, profound – everything you could want in a good novel. It’s compulsive, romantic, gripping and hilarious with great depth and different layers to explore.

My favourite character has to be Daniel. I just got him and I love that with a protagonist in a novel. I really enjoyed the storyline about him dealing with the death of his father. I found his incredibly poignant and added great depth to Daniel as a character overall. Daniel felt like a breath of fresh air, especially as the lead in a rom-com. He wasn’t just the ‘ good looking guy’, he had great depth and makes you root for him and Nadia, too, of course. I also loved Nadia’s character, too. There was so much back-story to explore and there are some really emotional but funny moments, too. There is also a great ensemble of friends, colleagues, family members that will make you laugh and they all create a wonderful, inclusive world around Daniel and Nadia.

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and got more invested in it than I thought I would. I found myself getting really emotional at the end but I think like Daniel and Nadia, I got swept up in the romance of it all. It explores some important themes: grief, abuse, mental health, toxic masculinity, feminism, sexual consent and so much more. It feels as a book of the moment but like any good rom-com, completely timeless. I loved being lost in the world of Daniel and Nadia and I hope you will, too.

A wonderful book to lose yourself in for a while and get swept away with the romance of it all. I really hope this will get made into a film/TV series very soon as I need these characters to come to life. Oh, and Daniel is so hot, right…? I can’t wait to see what Laura Jane Williams writes next and the one after that…

Have you read Our Stop? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you,

Corey.