We used to be best friends…
Magda used to be the girl everyone wanted to be – most likely to achieve her every wish. That is until suddenly her perfect life seems to be anything but!
Sophia has never regretted her life, sure it isn’t perfect, but being a single mum to a daughter she loves is pretty great. Perhaps she never moved away from home, or got to live out her dreams, but what she has right now isn’t so bad.
That is until an invitation to their school reunion arrives, throwing both their lives into a spin – because these two used to be friends and it might finally be time to face up to that one big mistake that happened all those years ago…
Oh Rebecca, Rebecca, Rebecca… I thought that Rebecca Pugh’s previous book’s were good and her skills at weaving a feel good story were well honed but she has well and truly outdone herself with this Right Here Waiting For You.
Sophia is a single Mother, and may not have achieved big career goals but she has a nice home, a job in the local post office and her daughter is the light of her life. She has a best friend, a single father and they offer support to each other.
Magda has made a lot of bad decisions in her life, we meet her at a low point, in an unhappy marriage feeling trapped and unsure how to move forward.
When they both receive an invitation to their school reunion it offers them an opportunity to face mistakes from the past and make decisions for the future.
I think most people will read this and warm to Sophia, things have happened to her or be done to her and it’s very easy to feel sympathy for her. I think Magda is a harder character to feel empathy for but she was my favourite of the two characters. She has made a lot of bad decisions, especially when she was much younger, she’s had a tendency to be selfish and step on people’s toes.
I’ve been in Magda’s position, not exactly the same circumstances, but I’ve had tendencies to rub people up the wrong way, I’ve made lots of bad decisions that have sent my life in the wrong directions so I felt an affinity with Magda and I wanted her to find her way because I know it’s possible to get these things back on the right path.
Rebecca has written a story about friendship which is tough and harsh. This isn’t a story where everything is beautiful from the moment the women see each other, they have a past which needs to be resolved and things are tough. This story takes us on a journey through their pasts and their present and it draws you in emotionally.
There is a small romance element to this story but it isn’t what the novel is about and this book would be just as beautiful and emotionally charged without it. Right Here Waiting For You is about these two women and what they are overcoming personally and together.
Rebecca Pugh has well and truly outdone herself with this novel, it’s beautiful, heartwarming, and a reflection of life and friendship. It can easily be read in one sitting and with the warmer weather pulling in I recommend an iced tea and an afternoon in the sun with this book, and maybe a tissue or two!
A massive thank you to Rebecca Pugh and HQ Digital for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.
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Title: Right Here Waiting For You
Author: Rebecca Pugh
Genre: Chick Lit | Women’s Fiction | Romance
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 31 May 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US