Our Stop – Laura Jane Williams

What if you almost missed the love of your life?


Our Stop is a lovely, quick-read romance novel. It follows both of the lives of Nadia and Daniel, who both get the 07:30 train or at least Daniel does… Nadia misses the train at least four days a week out of five, she’s definitely not a morning person! Daniel notices Nadia almost immediately and is contemplating for so long about how to speak to her, so he decides to use a newspaper column feature called ‘Missed Connections’ (I love this idea)! Luckily for Daniel, this is something that Nadia and her friends follow, and when Daniels post is published, Nadia and her friends believe it could be about her! But what are the odds? Is it just a coincidence? Or is it really just fate, bringing two people together?

So this was one of the June books for Beth’s Book Club (click the link to join – you won’t regret it)!!! I really enjoyed it actually. To begin with, it was slightly “eye-rolling material”, as its a very chick-litty, predictable romance. But after a few chapters, I was invested, I just wanted Nadia and Daniel to meet!

I loved the idea of the ‘Missed Connections’ column in the newspaper, and it did seem like quite romantic gesture! Although I don’t think I would ever find myself responding to any if we had it in our local newspaper in Southampton! But the idea of it is pretty genius.

When Elliott first gets introduced into the story after getting stood up by Daniel, I was actually kind of rooting for him. But as his and Nadia’s relationship continues on for a couple of months, he actually becomes very clingy! I mean, we all love a guy who can talk about his feelings and be very open about everything of course… But when you’re with someone who expects you to have ‘fallen in love with him’ within a matter of weeks and wants you to put your all into something that just doesn’t quite feel right… It gives me bad vibes and unfortunately, this was Nadia’s and Elliott’s relationship for me. He seemed lovely, but Nadia just wasn’t for him at all! That much was obvious…

I found it a little similar to The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary if I’m honest with the Missed Connections notes, and continuously missing each other on EVERY occasion possible!

The only reason I’ve knocked a star off is just for a couple of small reasons! The first one being that I found Emma and Gaby’s relationship pretty irrelevant to the story, and there were many other ways that Nadia could have become more separate from them, without this. I just didn’t feel as though it added anything more to the story other than a couple of extra pages. My other point is that I found that the AMOUNT of times Nadia and Daniel missed each other to become a little repetitive and annoying at times. Yes, in the real world people do just miss each other, but this just seemed a little far-fetched.

Also one other point, is that as the chapters changed between different characters perspectives, I do feel as though it could have been written in the first person, as this would have helped give a little more depth into the characters personalities, and would perhaps connect with them more? I felt like I connected with Nadia quite well, but not so much with Daniel, and I do think that had it been written in the first person, this may have helped!

But other than those points, I mostly loved the book and look forward to anymore written by Laura!

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