12 Hours To Say I Love You by Olivia Poulet and Laurence Dobiesz

Thank you to Anne of Random Things Tours and Headline Review for the opportunity to read and review 12 Hours To Say I Love You by Olivia Poulet and Laurence Dobiesz for the blog tour.


Whir, beep, click, breath. Whir, beep, click, breath.

Pippa Gallagher is rushed in to hospital following a traffic accident. As Pippa lies unconscious, she is aware of fragments. The day she met Steve Gallagher, her best friend and the man who would become the love of her life. The heartbreak she felt that night as she got into her car, her eyes blurry from tears.

Meanwhile Steve sits at her bedside, his eyes fixed on her pale, still face. He has no idea where his wife was going when she crashed. No clue as to why she became distracted behind the wheel. All he knows is that she is his world. And that he wasn’t there when she needed him most.

For the next twelve hours, Steve tells Pippa all the reasons he loves her. But is it too late? Can Pippa find her way back to him?

Gripping, moving and beautifully observed, this is a love story told from both sides.

My thoughts:

I’m pleased to say that this book, my last read of January, was an excellent way to finish a busy month of reading. Inside the striking cover, is a love story told by Pippa and Steve, from their school days through to now, as Pippa lies in a hospital bed after crashing her car.

As the title of the book suggests, Steve has 12 hours to think back and tell Pippa how he fell in love with her, and how they have coped with the challenges life threw at them.

I love how we hear the stories from both viewpoints, the highs and lows of falling in love, the disastrous dates and fun moments. This was a story that felt real and possible, and included heartbreak and loss, so please ensure you have some tissues handy when reading.

This was the perfect choice of book to curl up with on a lazy winter Sunday at home, wrapped in a blanket with a mug of hot chocolate. Once I started the story I didn’t want to put the book down, desperate to find out why Pippa was in the car and whether she would wake up.

Happy to recommend, a 4.5 star read for me

Author biographies:

Olivia Poulet is a writer and actor living in London. Her play, #BLESSED, which she wrote with her husband Laurence Dobiesz, was pick of the week for BBC Radio 4.

In 2019 she started up production company 100 NAMES FILMS with a group of like-minded film makers. They have completed two short films as part of THE REPERTORY SHORTS. The first, DELIVER ME, was written by and starred Olivia and Laurence. It won the Special Jury Award at the 2020 London City Film Awards.

As an actor, she is known for THE THICK OF IT, IN THE LOOP, BACK, DOC MARTIN and HOLBY CITY. 12 HOURS TO SAY I LOVE YOU IS her first novel.

Laurence Dobiesz is a writer and actor, living in London.  12 HOURS TO SAY I LOVE YOU, written with his wife Olivia Poulet, is his debut novel. It is published in the UK by Headline in Spring 2022. 

As a team, Laurence and Olivia wrote the radio drama, #BLESSED, which was BBC Radio 4’s Pick of the Week. 

Their short film DELIVER ME won the Special Jury Award at the 2020 London City Film Awards. It was the first instalment from THE REPERTORY SHORTS, which sees them write and act in a series of shorts alongside an ensemble of film makers. Their second film, JUST DO IT, which he co-directed, is being released late 2021.


By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum. Adopter of dogs.

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