Last Time We Met by Emily Houghton

ONE PROMISE
Aged thirteen, best friends Eleanor and Fin are inseparable. Convinced it will always be this way they make a pact – to go to university together, always live near each other, and if they’re both single at 35 they’ll get married. 

TWO DECADES 
Eleanor and Fin haven’t spoken in fifteen years. Life has run away from them and they’re both far from where they’d dreamt of being all those years ago. 

CAN THEY STILL KEEP THEIR WORD?
It takes tragic circumstances for Fin to come back into Eleanor’s life, but everything has changed since the last time they met. Is it too late to mend their friendship? Or is there a chance they can keep some of the promises they made? 

Available in ebook now. The paperback will be published on Thursday 4th August.

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My thoughts:

Thank you to Random Things Tours and Penguin Random House for the opportunity to join the blog tour for Last Time We Met by Emily Houghton. Emily’s debut novel Before I Saw You was one of my 2021 five star reads – you can read my review at https://mentoringmumof2bookreviews.home.blog/2021/01/31/before-i-saw-you-by-emily-houghton/

Thank you to Emily Houghton for another emotional read. I loved meeting Eleanor and Fin, who tell their stories in alternate chapters. As we meet them for the first time, they are living thousands of miles away from each other but fate brings them back together when Fin returns to the UK to spend time with his terminally ill mum.

Eleanor and Fin don’t tell us straight away what caused them to end up living so far apart as adults (physically and emotionally) when they were inseparable as children. Can they put the past behind them and move forward?

This is a non spoiler review so I’m not going to give away any secrets (although more than one character has been keeping secrets in this book). I found myself ignoring my family (they are all old enough to take care of themselves), so that I could spend more time with Fin, Eleanor (plus Sal, Nurse Clara, Freya and the other characters).

This is a lovely uplifting read (although you may need tissues in a couple of places) about a young couple who both need to find a friend who will allow them to be their best self, to do what they are passionate about. I look forward to reading more by Emily Houghton in the future.

Author Bio:

EMILY HOUGHTON is the author of Before I Saw You. She is an Essex girl at heart, but now spends most of her time between London and Suffolk. Emily worked in digital product management at Tesco and Barclays for seven years, and it was during a sabbatical from work, travelling around India, that her first book was born; the first draft is still written on her phone!

After a whirlwind few months, Emily quit her corporate job to live her dream of writing full-time. A true Gemini at heart, she’s got many interests and is a trained spin and yoga teacher. She has a curiosity for life and a passion for all things well-being, one day hoping to create her own retreat space with a lot of dogs! Her writing, while centering around love stories, often touches on deeper emotional themes such as self-love, healing and the power of finding yourself.

Emily says: “Last Time We Met is a story of love, loss and enduring friendship. How sometimes the things that aren’t said are the words we need to hear the most; and how forgiving others is nowhere near as important as forgiving ourselves.”

My proof copy
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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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