Claire Frost (Simon & Schuster)
⭐⭐⭐⭐ (3.5 stars)
Hannah is a free spirit, steeped in wanderlust. When she finally comes home and starts working with her best friend, Jess on her dating app. Jess is very much grounded with her husband of twenty years, a set of energetic twins and running a small business keeping her busy. But when Jess’ app isn’t as profitable as she’d hoped, Hannah comes up with the perfect plan to get things back on track: use Save the Date to set Hannah up with the perfect guy who she won’t meet until the day of the wedding and broadcast it for the world to see. But as tensions rise and the nerves set in – can you swipe your way to true love?
As a secret fan of the TV show Married at First Swipe, I was immediately drawn to this book. It’s a warm, light-hearted read and fun to curl up with at the weekend. I did like how the book focused on Jess and Hannah’s friendship and family dynamics as opposed to the relationship itself. I really liked Jess’ character – she’s a mother, a businesswoman, a wife, a friend – I can see how she must have struggled juggling so many roles and expectations from people. I also really valued how she took that time for herself when she went away, it’s important to remember that sometimes you do need a break and you shouldn’t feel guilty about taking it.
I’ll admit that I didn’t connect to Hannah’s character as much, I feel like we didn’t get to know her ‘on the inside’ as much; with Jess, we found out a lot about her emotions, how she feels about her business, her husband, her children and their relationship, but with Hannah I feel like we didn’t get to explore her motivations enough, other than the pressure she feels from those around her to stay in one place. Also, I feel like we didn’t really get to fully address why she feels the need to ‘run away’ and travel so often anyway, I feel like it should have had a root somewhere.
I thought the story was cute, and Toby seemed nice. I think overall it hugely didn’t stand out as a story for me, in that I didn’t connect with many of the characters and the plot could have been a bit more dramatic at time to really push the characters into action. I could recommend it as a nice holiday read, but I probably won’t read it again.
A special thanks to the team at Simon & Schuster for making this available as a digital ARC on NetGalley.