Title: Ten Years
Author: Pernille Hughes
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Romance
Goodreads Rating: 3.70
They’re perfect for each other
They just don’t know it yet
Becca and Charlie have known each other for years – ever since they met at university.
And for every one of those years, they’ve bickered, argued, offended, mocked and generally rubbed each other up the wrong way.
Until now. Until Ally’s bucket list. The death of their loved one should mean Becca and Charlie can go their separate ways and not look back. But completing the list is something neither Charlie nor Becca can walk away from.
And sometimes, those who bring out the worst in you, also bring out the very best…
Over the course of ten years, Becca and Charlie’s paths collide as they deal with grief, love and life after Ally.
I’d like to thank NetGalley and Harper Collins UK for approving me for an ARC of this book.
Pernille Hughes certainly doesn’t hang about and throws us straight in at the deep end by opening the story with a funeral. Don’t worry this isn’t a spoiler as you’ll see if you read the synopsis. This is where we meet our two narrators, Charlie and Becca. It is clear from the start that they tolerate each other and Ally was the glue keeping this threesome together so the unexpected news of the bucket list certainly threw a spanner in the works.
I will admit that initially I wasn’t too sure what to think about the chance of a romance between these two characters. As Becca rightly says at one point there is so much to consider and girl code plays a big part in that. However I soon found myself swayed by the chemistry between these two and as you get further into the story you realise why it was meant to be.
The bucket list idea was fabulous and I loved all the little challenges the duo went on. They certainly got taken out of their comfort zones and provided us readers with some entertainment too, the tandem and the bus trip were my favourites.
This is an enemies to friends to lovers with a few twists and turns along the way. It dives into the depths of grief and how someone’s lasting memory can be seen differently to two people. Becca and Charlie are chalk and cheese but they work so well together that you can’t help but want them to find each other. I must also give a special mention to Valerie who’s final confession brought tear to my eyes. What a lovely, understanding and kind woman!
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