I am so excited to be participating in the blog tour for Ten Years by Pernille Hughes today and to be sharing my review with y’all. Thank you to the author for providing me with an ecopy of this book for this blog tour and thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for allowing me a spot on this tour.
Title: Ten Years
Author: Pernille Hughes
Publication Date: August 31, 2022
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Becca and Charlie have known each other since university.
Becca and Charlie have also hated each other since university.
Until now. Until Ally’s bucket list. The death of their loved one should mean they can go their separate ways and not look back. But completing the list is something neither of them can walk away from.
And sometimes, those who bring out the worst in you, also bring out the very best…
Over the course of ten years, Becca and Charlie’s paths collide as they deal with grief, love and life after Ally.
Not since Emma and Dec in One Day and Will and Lou in Me Before You will you root for a couple as much.
This book starts out at Ally’s funeral. This isn’t a spoiler it literally happens on the first page and it’s in the synopsis. Charlie and Ally were engaged to be married. Becca and Ally were best friends and Charlie and Becca hate each other. This book deals with the grief that people go through after a loved one has passed away, so we get to see how both Becca and Charlie cope with Ally’s death over the course of ten years most of which they only meet up once per year.
I read the synopsis for this when I first agreed to read it and was intrigued but by the time I got around to reading it I had forgotten what it was about so I went in blind. To me this book was perfect. It gave me everything I want in a book. The fighting/banter between Becca and Charlie was amazing. They were cruel to each other at first just for the sake of being cruel but by the end it had turned into them just speaking the truth mostly in a loving way. I loved how they went from enemies to friends to lovers to enemies to friends to lovers and yes I meant to write that twice. There was always something they did or said that made them take 1 step forward and 2 steps back. I will say I would have liked the romance to be more on page instead of fade to black but that is just a preference. it doesn’t affect my rating of this book which you can tell from the rating I give it below. I would have also liked more of them actually being together because I just love romance and I want to read all about it.
I loved that this showed how people deal with grief differently. Becca and Charlie both grieve in very different ways and while I didn’t always agree with the choices they made it always felt real. The things they did never felt like they were out of character or didn’t belong.
This is the first book I have read by this author, and it definitely want be my last. I loved this book more than I was expecting and I am so glad I gave it a chance. If this sounds like something you would enjoy I highly recommend you giving it a try.
My Rating: 5 stars
About the Author
Before she moved to writing full-time, Pernille (pronounced Pernilla) Hughes studied Film & Literature at university. After graduating she went into advertising and later on to market Natural History films before working in Children’s television, which meant living in actual Teletubbyland for a while! From 2011–2015, she was a regular contributor for the Sunday Times column ‘Confessions of a Tourist’. She has two novels published to date PROBABLY THE BEST KISS IN THE WORLD and PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE (formerly published as Sweatpants At Tiffanie’s). Her next book TEN YEARS will be out in August 2022.
Pernille lives in Buckinghamshire and while the kids are at school she scoffs cake and writes stories in order to maintain a shred of sanity.