I came across this thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources. I actually read the synopsis to my husband who thought it sounded interesting and suggested I do it so here we are.
What it’s about
“It used to make me feel special, the fact that they knew me, knew what I wanted, but it had soured with repetition. I’d become my drink order – that’s what it felt like. But it was okay. People watching in this place made me feel part of the world, got me away from the house for a few hours. And it was here she came back to me. I hadn’t seen her for three decades and suddenly there she was, standing next to my table.
‘Hello, Freddie’.”Another Shot tells the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo, who are reunited in a coffee shop thirty-five years after the end of their teenage romance. Jo-Jo finds Freddie through a mutual friend, and tells him that she is emigrating following the death of her husband. She gives him a photograph of the two of them on their first weekend away, a trip to Blackpool.How they originally met, why they parted, what happens in their lives apart is all told through a series of flashbacks. These memories feed into events when they meet up again and explain why, despite the passage of time and the intensity of their still simmering love, there is no future for their relationship.
‘I was born in Walsall, grew up in the West Midlands and now live in Telford with my two cats, Boris and Tai. After working in the health and social care sector for over thirty years, I have now taken early retirement to write the trilogy that has been rooted in my head for most of my life. Another Shot is the first book in the Shots trilogy, which is based on a first love relationship I had as a teenager. It tells the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo, who are reunited in a coffee shop three decades after the end of their teenage romance. How they originally met, why they parted, what happens in their lives apart, and what happens when they reunite is all told through a series of first person vignettes. The second book, An Extra Shot, will be published in July 2019. I am currently working on the final instalment. Getting these stories down on paper has been a cathartic process. I hope you enjoy them.
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What I thought
This was a sweet story of a couple who were together in the early 80s who drifted apart and reunite in 2015.
Freddie comes across as a man who definitely isn’t the same man that Jo-Jo knew and he knows it which is why I think he avoided her for all those years. He’s not a confident man and feels he isn’t good enough for her, that much is clear but I think I’m still missing something about Freddie. Jo-jo is the woman who got away and started a life without Freddie.
The story was lovely and I could just picture them there on Blackpool beach sunning it up (or Jo-jo at least). There was a lot of too-ing and froing between the past and the future. However it does tell you who’s POV it is and which year it is so there isn’t any confusion which has happened in other books.