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The Man I Never Met by Elle Cook

The Man I Never Met Synopsis from the publisher:

When Hannah picks up a call from an unknown number, she doesn’t imagine it will change her life. After all, it’s just an easygoing American named Davey who misdialed her while calling into a job interview. And when Hannah jokingly wishes him luck after clearing up the confusion, she never actually expects to hear from him again.
Then she gets a text saying he got the job and he’ll be moving to London, and she can’t help but smile. As they continue to message and their texts become phone calls that become video calls, their friendship becomes a relationship that they can’t wait to start in earnest as soon as Davey lands in London in a month’s time.
But when Hannah goes to the airport to meet him, she finds herself standing alone in the terminal, Davey nowhere to be found. Then comes another life-changing phone call–Davey won’t be able to move to London anytime soon, if ever. And it’s for a reason neither of them could ever have anticipated. With their future so uncertain, they don’t know what else to do but try to move on from each other, even if nothing feels right anymore. 

Even as months go by and their love seems lost forever, neither is ever far from the other’s thoughts. Will fate intervene one last time to finally bring them together, or will Davey always be the man that Hannah never met?

My Review

I love the premise of The Man I Never Met. A wrong phone call turns into an opportunity for a romantic relationship. But then something life altering happens to derail everything Hannah and Davey were hoping for.

The Man I Never Met reminded me of Helen Hoang’s The Heart Principle. In both novels there is one main character (the love interest) dealing with major health problems. The difference though is, for me, I felt so much more emotionally connected to Hoang’s characters than with Cook’s. Though, there were moments in The Man I Never Met where I was glued to my Kindle, feverishly swiping each page to figure out what happens next (i.e. the train!!! Italy!!!).

Even though the pacing is somewhat sluggish, portions that were too heavy on exposition or internal thoughts, The Man I Never Met is a roller coaster of a ride in finding unexpected happiness while also taking risks on second chances.

Happy Reading ~ Cece

RATING: ink blotink blotink blot – Satisfyingly Inked

Publication Details

Pub DateISBNPage CountPublisherAge GroupSource & FormatReview Posted Online
22-Nov-22978-0593500859336DelAdultNetGalley, Digital ARCMay 29, 2022

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