Yay, today is my turn in the blog tour of The Night We Met by Zoë Folbigg. I had been so excited to read this book for such a long time, and now I can finally share my opinion on it!
What is The Night We Met about?
As a man holds his wife’s frail hand, he recounts a journey like no other…
Daniel and Olivia are destined to be together. At least, Daniel thinks this the night he sees Olivia across a sea of people. As he backpacks through Australia, Daniel and Liv continue to cross paths, yet never speak. Until one night, Liv joins Daniel for a drink. And that night everything changes.
Back in London, stuck in a monotonous routine, Daniel finds himself daydreaming of the woman with green eyes and fiery hair. Armed with only a name he vows to find her, yet with every passing moment, Daniel’s hopes begin to disappear. What if it wasn’t meant to be?
But then fate steps in, and Daniel and Olivia’s story can truly begin…
This is a tale of serendipity, missed chances and the power of love.
What did I think of The Night We Met?
TW: cancer, death and stillborn
When I say this book was an emotional hell of a ride, I mean it. The Night We Met grabbed me by the hand and led me through the life of the two main characters Daniel and Olivia.
I must say that I found myself unable to read big chunks of The Night We Met at once. This story screams for reading it at a slow pace and enjoying it to the fullest.
‘Listen, I want you to write it up.’ ‘Write what up?’ ‘Our story.’
With this sentence, the story really started in my opinion. From this point on, we get to see how Olivia and Daniel’s paths cross over a period of about 20 years. Daniel is writing the story of him and Olivia down for their children to read, as Olivia is unable to.
The Night We Met tells the story of how Daniel and Olivia met, and how their lives apart and together go from that moment on. I think it is interesting that we get to read the stories of different times in their lives through different perspectives. Sometimes from the perspective of Daniel and something from the point of view of Olivia.
The story takes us from Australia to New Zealand to Milan, London, Switzerland, and so on. Reading this book feels like traveling through time and around the world.
‘Rock bottom’, she repeated with a smile. ‘We’ve hit rock bottom. We’re at the end of the world, or at least it seems like it.’
A lot of the characters in this book are very loveable. I really loved the characters of Daniel and Olivia, of course, our two main characters. They both have their own personality and together they fit together quite well. The side characters, such as Vaani and Mimi are very funny and have their own unique personality. In contrary, there was the character Annabel who I strongly disliked. Such a bitch, but she had a fitting role in the story. The hurt both Sofia and Flora, the daughters of Daniel and Olivia, felt, was very heartbreaking to read and it really touched me to the core of my heart.
There were quite some references to one of my favorite tv-shows Friends, which I loved reading!
The Night We Met is a well written, heartbreaking but oh so beautiful book.
Thank you NetGalley and Aria Fiction for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Aria Fiction for letting me be part of this blog tour!
Who is the author behind The Night We Met?
Zoë Folbigg is author of Amazon number-one bestseller The Note, based on the true story of how she met her husband on her daily commute. Her second novel, The Distance, was released in 2018 and The Postcard – the sequel to The Note – was released summer 2019. Formerly a magazine journalist and digital editor, Zoë started at Cosmopolitan in 2001, was chief sub editor of its teen sister CosmoGIRL! and has since freelanced for titles including Fabulous, Glamour, Cosmo, Good Housekeeping, i newspaper, Healthy, Top Santé, Mother & Baby, ELLE, Sunday Times Style, ASOS and Style.com. Zoë wrote a weekly column in Fabulous magazine documenting her year-long round-the-world trip with ‘Train Man’ – and now lives with him and their two sons in Hertfordshire.
If you’re interested in the opinions of my fellow bloggers on this tour, you can find the schedule down below!