The One We Fell in Love With – Paige Toon


Paperback: 416 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (19 May 2016)

Book Description:

Phoebe is caught between a rock and a hard place. Settle down and get married, or return to the French Alps to pursue her passion?

Eliza is in love with someone who is no longer hers. In fact, he probably never was… And her dream of becoming a successful musician seems to be vanishing before her eyes.

Rose is out of a job and out of a boyfriend. To make matters worse, she’s been forced to move back in with her mother…

But these very different girls have one thing in common. Angus. The one they fell in love with…

My Review:

Argh it’s so difficult to give a review of this book without giving any of the story away! Ok, I’ll try!! The story is about 3 identical triplets – Phoebe, Eliza & Rose – and is narrated from each of their different view points. We know from the beginning that at 17yrs old, a hot boy (Angus) moved in next door and one of the triplets staked her claim on him – “I saw him first”! We also learn that one of the triplets is getting married and that, although they look the same, they don’t all get on!

Phoebe is the “alpha triplet” – she’s the beautiful, confident one, the one no one can say no to! She is her dad’s favourite and she has a “go get em” attitude.

Eliza is the more “grungy” one. She has been known as the slutty one, although she doesn’t know why, and she is more tomboyish in her appearance, the likes and her ways but not in her adventurous side!

Rose is, um, the “drippy” one? She is sensitive, sneaky, a little bit jealous. You get the feeling that if she were your sister, she would be the one telling tales on you – whereas Eliza would help you cover up whatever you’ve done and Feebs has probably done it with you!

The book shows the ups and downs of sibling rivalry, and family life, and we see the girls battle for their mum’s affection as well as falling out over Angus.

I don’t want to give anything away so I’m not going to say much more other than this – if you have sisters (or a sister) it will REALLY strike a chord with you. I cried. A lot. Although, it’s not a sad sad book, I did feel warm and fuzzy and uplifted at the end!

This book made me cry more than any book I’ve read for a long time – possibly since Milly Johnson’s The Teashop on the Corner –There’s a lot to be said for sisterhood (I have 4 sisters so it was always inevitable!)

PLEASE PLEASE read this book! It is so lovely!

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