ARC Review: Eight Perfect Hours by Lia Louis

Happy Tuesday y’all! And happy release day to Eight Perfect Hours! Thank you so much to Atria/Emily Bestler Books and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of this book. Definitely go out and grab this book (as soon as y’all have read my review)!

Eight Perfect Hours 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

In this romantic and heartwarming novel, two strangers meet in chance circumstances during a blizzard and spend one perfect evening together, thinking they’ll never see each other again. But fate seems to have different plans.

On a snowy evening in March, 30-something Noelle Butterby is on her way back from an event at her old college when disaster strikes. With a blizzard closing off roads, she finds herself stranded, alone in her car, without food, drink, or a working charger for her phone. All seems lost until Sam Attwood, a handsome American stranger also trapped in a nearby car, knocks on her window and offers assistance. What follows is eight perfect hours together, until morning arrives and the roads finally clear.

The two strangers part, positive they’ll never see each other again, but fate, it seems, has a different plan. As the two keep serendipitously bumping into one another, they begin to realize that perhaps there truly is no such thing as coincidence. With plenty of charming twists and turns and Lia Louis’s “bold, standout voice” (Gillian McAllister, author of The Good Sister), Eight Perfect Hours is a gorgeously crafted novel that will make you believe in the power of fate.

This book was so interesting. Like there were so many times were I was so annoyed and I really wanted to stop reading because I hated the choices the characters were making, but at the same time, there were just as many times where I was so excited about the plot and where things were going. Noelle and Sam’s chance encounter on the freeway sounds like something straight out of a movie (or a crime podcast or something)- I can’t even imagine being stuck on the freeway for that long in the snow! This felt less like a rom com or a romance in general and more like a coming of age story. I really liked how not only Noelle grew over the whole book but also how her mother grew and was willing to take her health in her own hands. I wish Dilly was able to grow and become a real, responsible adult too, but that’s too much for one book. I liked how much Sam seemed to care for Noelle- he seemed like a good person all around. And I loved Charlie and Theo! Plot wise, it wasn’t my favorite, but it also wasn’t a bad book- it was just a little slower than I would have wanted. Overall, I can definitely see people really enjoying this book as a great coming of age (in your early 30s) and becoming who you’re meant to be book with some romance mixed in!

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