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Book Review: The One We Fell in Love With by Paige Toon
Title: The One We Fell In Love With
Author: Paige Toon
Published: May 19th 2016 by Simon & Schuster
Blurb: 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…
*First of all I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Review: Paige Toon has done it again. What a marvelous and unexpected story! As soon as I heard that this story was about identical triplets, I knew we were in for a unique and fun story. But the actual story completely surpassed my expectations. As I started reading The One We Fell In Love With, I rapidly became really invested in the story and its characters and ended up reading into the early hours.
Phoebe, Eliza and Rose might be identical but they are three really different girls. Their voices in the story are strong and unique and it's easy to differentiate them. I'm actually quite sure that if I had them in front of me, I'd be able to tell who is who. When we meet them, Phoebe is about to get married to her high school sweet heart, Angus. And for her bachelorette party, she has decided to go back to the Alps, where she probably spent the best year of her life. As you can imagine, this brings back lots of memories for Phoebe but also sparkles doubts about her future.
As the story progresses, we get lots of snippets to the girls' past. Especially when Angus moved next door when they were teens. Quite surprisingly, the three of them fell in love with him and it seems like some feelings remain in more than one triplet. At first, I really thought that the story was going to be a fun love triangle (quadrilateral?) between the sisters and Angus and I really hoped that the story would focus more on Phoebe as I liked her the most at the beginning. But I couldn't have been more wrong. Paige Toon delivers so much more with this story. It's touching, fierce, tender and above all, up-lifting. A real treat.
The One We Fell In Love With made me laugh, cry, hold my breath more than once and managed to surprise me multiple times. After finishing it, I wouldn't be able to pick a favourite sister. The three of them were some of the most complex, well developed and real characters I have read about in a long while and they all had their own story to tell. They made mistakes, fell, got up again, tried harder, shared, argued and loved unconditionally and I'm sure I'll held them close to my heart from now on.
With this novel, Paige Toon has gone one step further and created one of her best stories yet. I can only applaud her and tell you that you need to read this book. It'll leave no one indifferent and will capture your hearts. Unmissable.
Rating: 5 stars