Only You by Kate Eberlen #BookReview #PanMacmillan #NetGalley #4.5*


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One person is all it takes to change a lifetime . . . But how will you know if they’re the one?

Letty and Alf are the only English speakers at an Italian class in Rome, where they discover the language that really connects them is dance: Letty’s first love was ballet, while Alf was a junior ballroom champion. They come from different worlds, until the moment they waltz around the Piazza Navona, and everything changes.

But one moment can’t change the past, and it’s clear that Alf and Letty still have their secrets. What caused them to leave their lives behind in England? And who, or what, are they running from? As their relationship deepens, it becomes harder and harder to tell the truth…

When the unthinkable happens, Letty returns to London and Alf to Blackpool. Will they spend their lives apart, or discover a future together?


From the author of Miss You comes Kate Eberlen’s impossibly romantic second novel.


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A Stunningly Romantic Read!      stars 4.5


Such a beautiful novel! Romantic, but not soppy – if you know what I mean – and definitely not a story easily forgotten.

Letty and Alf both join a class in Rome to help them be fluent in the Italian language; both in the city for differing reasons, they are the only two English people there. Seemingly poles apart they feel a connection when they dance together, waltzing around the Piazza Navona – and from that moment on, things between them begin to change. It fairly obvious that both of them have secrets and throughout the book we get to know them better; but do they have what it takes to make a future together?

I’ve been very lucky recently – and during the world-wide lockdown – to read several books set in dream locations and now feel very Italian since finishing this one (even had spaghetti carbonara this evening). The setting is idyllic, and Kate Eberlen does full justice to this wonderful city, showing off it’s sights and sounds throughout her novel. The characters will touch your soul, for several reasons, and I cannot think of anyone who won’t be rooting for them to make it together. This is a marvellous story with a well-crafted array of characters, each clearly described and easy to imagine. With a clever storyline, it’s very appealing from beginning to end and the kind of book which makes you sigh with satisfaction as you reach the end. A stunningly romantic read, one I’m very happy to recommend and give 4.5 shining stars.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: romance
  • Format: ebook, paperback, audiobook
  • Size: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pan MacMillan – Mantle
  • Publication Date: 30 April 2020
  • Links: Goodreads
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  •              Kobo
  •              Waterstones
  •              amazon


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Author Bio


Kate Eberlen

Kate Eberlen was born in a small town thirty miles from London and spent her childhood reading books and longing to escape the big city. She studied Classics at Oxford University before discovering she was much less interested in the world of academia then the world of work. Kate has had many jobs, from lift girl in Harrods, au pair in Rome and New York, working in theatre box office and a career in publishing, before becoming a mother, teaching English as a Foreign Language and writing novels. Kate now lives in London.



Social Media


Twitter: @KateEberlen

Facebook: @kateeberlen


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