Blurb from Goodreads
One missed chance in life…one second chance in love
When Ros steps off a plane after three years away, she’s in need of a new job, a new flat and a new start. But her friends have moved on, her parents only have eyes for each other, and her bedroom has been moved into the garden shed. Suddenly, Ros has a bad case of nostalgia for the way things were.
Then her phone begins to ping with messages from her old life. Including one number she thought she’d erased forever: the man who broke her heart.
Sometimes we’d all like the chance to see what we’ve been missing…
I’ve been reading Lindsey Kelk for years; she is without a doubt one of my all time favourite authors. I have read all of her adult novels and have always really enjoyed them. So much so that as soon as she announces a new novel I hit that preorder button. However there’s always a certain trepidation I experience whenever I embark on a new read by her. Will it be as good as past novels? Can she really deliver something so funny again? Etc etc.
So it is with the greatest delight (and relief!) that I can say this is Lindsey’s best ever novel.
In Case You Missed It perfectly blends comical high-jinks and hilarity with true authenticity. This book is a magical mixture of everything you want a fun and light hearted fiction to be with deeper moments of thought provoking honesty.
The book follows thirty-something Ros who returns home to the U.K. after living and working in America for a few years. Things didn’t quite work out as Ros had hoped stateside so she desperately tries to cling to the familiarity of her past twenty-something lifestyle and reconnects with her ex-boyfriend Patrick… he who broke her heart just before she left for the U.S.A.
And so the book follows Ros as she tries to make sense of things. Tries to find what it is in life that truly makes her happy.
And this could sound like a pretty run of the mill book but it is the depth of characterisation of Ros that really makes this novel shine. She is one of the most realistic characters you’ll ever read about in this genre. Kelk has freely admitted on social media that she mined her own personal life experience for this novel and I believe you can truly tell. Because there’s so much here that is entirely relatable. Ros’ self doubts and struggles are the self doubts and struggles of many of us in our quest to find what it is that will make us happy in life or indeed our search for “The One”. Ros is an unflinchingly honest character and her connection with Patrick is one that will really get you in the feels, especially if you’ve had a similar relationship in your past. Theirs isn’t the most equal of relationships and without wishing to spoil too much of the plot it will have you feeling frustrated, sad, mad etc because as a reader you can see the ways that Ros is twisting herself trying to be what she feels is someone worthy of his love.
As ever with a Lindsey Kelk book there are a wonderful cast of supporting characters in the form of Ros’ best friends circle of Sumi, Adrian, and Lucy. Each is well differentiated and bring their own unique mini sub-plot which truly adds to the enjoyment of the book. Sumi was my personal favourite. I loved that she had this no nonsense exterior but with the softest core for her loved ones; I really just want to be her best friend.
I also was a big fan of Ros’ work-related podcast storyline because it not only introduced us to possibly the best named character ever i.e. the teenage YouTube star Snazzlechuff, but also to his agent / babysitter Veronica whom I adored. Veronica is supremely confident, snarky, and incredibly smart, and basically steals every scene she’s in. LOVE HER!
Ros’ parents also feature heavily in the novel as Ros is forced to move back in with them…or more accurately into the shed at the bottom of their garden. They provide much of the comedy of the storyline and I almost always was in stitches laughing whenever they appeared on the page. Ros’ mum also happened to appear in my favourite scene from the book when she and Ros had a truly honest heart-to-heart about what being in love with another person truly means… tears rolled freely down my face reading that, ALL of the feels.
And for those of us who are here for a dashing male character to make us swoon over? Well that’s provided in the form of John. I loved the way he and Ros had this instant yet slow burn connection! I know! Instant and slow burn at once doesn’t seem possible. And yet that’s exactly what Kelk delivered.
And as a cherry on top this book is sprinkled with great moments of patriarchy bashing, challenges to the narrow minded nature of heteronormativity and sparkling moments of childhood nostalgia for those of us of a certain age; hello groovy chick merchandise!!
I highly recommend this to fans of comedic fiction who like their books to have an overarching romantic theme.
*An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Publishing 23rd July 2020, Harper Collins U.K.