Across From You by Amabel Daniels – Review by Francis O’Sullivan

Across From YouAcross From You by Amabel Daniels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Across From You by Amabel Daniels is a charming romantic comedy about two people who, despite being determinedly not looking for relationships, find their paths crossing. It’s a story of love and friendship, and is an entertaining and enjoyable read.
Lexi has just been dumped rather dramatically and publicly on social media when the story begins. After such brutal treatment from a man she trusted, she’s wary of getting into anything anytime soon. That doesn’t stop her from rather enjoying the nude model at an art class her best friend has dragged her along to! Lexi is a determined and loveable character, fighting to stay positive for her cousin Bev’s wedding in spite of everything. And Jack – nude model and, conveniently, a friend of Bev’s, is a gentle and warm character.
The story alternates between Lexi and Jack’s perspective each chapter. This works well, as we see them falling in love from both angles. It also lets us see the misunderstandings and assumptions they are making about each other, and get a sense for why they do and say what they do. Both of them are hurting from past relationships, and cautious about trusting someone else.
The drama of Bev’s wedding provides a great backdrop for the story. As well as an excuse for the characters to be together, it pits them against common enemies (tactless bridesmaids, a tyrannical wedding coordinator) and allows for an exploration of love at different stages.
For me, this is a five star read. I really enjoyed it, and was quickly drawn in by the loveable characters and entertaining scenarios. If you’re after something fun and positive, I’d recommend this. I imagine it would be particularly enjoyable to anyone familiar with the stresses of a wedding day!

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