All About Us by Tom Ellen #BookReview #DebutNovel #HQ #NetGalley #4.5*

Two loves. Two lives. One destiny…

If you could turn back the clock, would you choose a different life?

Ben usually loves the month of December, but this year, with his relationship with Daphne on the rocks, it’s missing its usual magic. And then his old friend Alice gets back in touch. Ben’s always thought of Alice as the one that got away, and he can’t help but wonder: what if he’d done things differently all those years ago?

He never imagines he might get to find out… but when a stranger sells Ben a mysterious watch one freezing winter’s night, he’s astonished to wake up the next morning on 5th December 2005: the day he first kissed Daphne, leaving Alice behind.

Now Ben must make the biggest decision of his life, all over again. But this time around, will he finally find the courage to follow his heart?

An unforgettable and heart-stoppingly romantic story of love, loss and second chances, perfect for fans of One Day and Me Before You.

An Enchanting Debut!

What a wonderful novel! Skilfully crafted and a very easy read.

Ben has always loved Christmas, but this year he’s struggling with the very idea of a festive season. His marriage to Daphne is on a very shaky footing and he finds himself spending more and more time thinking of Alice, the one that got away. Surely, if he had made other choices earlier in life he would be happier now, wouldn’t he? But then he meets a strange little man who gives him a watch which doesn’t work only for Ben to wake up the next morning back in time before all his problems had began. Can he make the right choices this time around?

For a debut novel, this is quite something! There is a magical feel to it all, and I really didn’t have time to consider the time-travel aspect – I’m not a great lover of the genre. However, this book has a very different vibe from what I would expect; it’s a fast moving story packed full of details and quite enchanting. It’s very easy to be silently cheering Ben on whilst continually thinking ‘what a plonker’! A thoroughly entertaining read which is very enjoyable and totally worth 4.5* and a hearty recommendation to add this author to your ‘must not miss’ list.

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

Tags: romance

Author Bio

Tom is an author and journalist from London, England. He is the co-writer of three critically acclaimed Young Adult novels: LOBSTERS (which was shortlisted for The Bookseller’s inaugural YA Book Prize), NEVER EVERS and FRESHERS. His solo adult debut novel is the romantic comedy ALL ABOUT US (HQ/HarperCollins, published October 2020). His books have been widely translated and are published in 20 countries. He is a regular contributor to Viz magazine, and has also written for Cosmopolitan, Empire, Evening Standard Magazine, The Daily Mash, Glamour, NME, ESPN, ShortList, Time Out London, Vice, Stylist and many more.

Social Media

Twitter: @TomEllen7

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