The Start of Something – Miranda Dickinson

I received an E-ARC copy of ‘The Start of Something’ by Miranda Dickinson through NetGalley when the publisher HQ Stories approved my request. The expected Publishing date is 03.02.22.

This book follows two main characters Lachlan and Bethan, both at times in their lives where they feel as if people look at them and see only one thing.

Lachlan is at home on leave from the army due to an accident which has caused an injury, which he will need months of physiotherapy to try and recover.

Bethan is a single Mum of a little boy, and she works at a local garden centre, Bright Hill Nurseries. She moves into the apartment opposite Lachlan and is starting to build a new life for her and her son.

One day Lachlan spots some colourful flowers on her windowsill and decides to put up a note to his new neighbour in the window.

What follows is a new, unusual start to a friendship, where both Lachlan and Bethan can be who they want to be without feeling judged.

Will their friendship develop? Will there be anything standing in their way?

This book is wonderful and really uplifting, it is a lovely idea of being able to start a friendship by putting notes up in the window. I felt myself wishing it was me being part of these messages. It fits with our current times, as I could imagine this being an ideal way to keep in touch with the outside world when it was lockdown. Not that this book is about lockdown in any way.

There are ups and downs as there always is in this type of book, and I found myself shouting at the characters in my head, saying ‘No, please don’t think that way’. Not that this will make sense unless you read it for yourself.

The characters are relatable and lovable, and I didn’t want the book to end, I wanted to know even more when it had finished. I understood completely why they wanted people to see them for who they are, and not be defined as a single mother or a guy with an injury.

This is a new author to me, and I will be looking for more titles to read, as I loved this book the whole way through.

Overall, an uplifting romance which shows even unusual ways can bring people together.

My Rating:

💜💜💜💜💜 /5

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