Synopsis: What if the Lift driver who finds your cheating boyfriend’s phone holds the directions to true love?
‘Who are you and why do you have my boyfriend’s phone?’
‘He left it in my car. You must be the blonde in the red dress? I’m the Lift driver who dropped you two off earlier.’
And with these words, the life of the brunette and t-shirt wearing Maya Maas is turned upside down. Having planned to surprise her boyfriend, she finds herself single and stranded in an unknown city on her birthday.
So when the mystery driver rescues Maya with the suggestion that she cheers herself up at a nearby beach town, she jumps at the chance to get things back on track. She wasn’t expecting a personalised itinerary or the easy companionship that comes from opening up to a stranger via text, let alone the possibility it might grow into something more…
Come on this 5* journey to love, laughter and back again, perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Josie Silver and Sally Thorne.
Thank you to WriteReadsTours for the chance to participate in this tour and to Netgalley/Aria Fiction for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
The Meeting Point is an adorable story that left me with a hopeful feeling every time I picked it up. It’s a delightful summer read, and everything it promised to be.
Plotwise, it’s a unique and unpredictable adventure. Girl tries to surprise her boyfriend on her birthday and ends up having a fabulous trip to a lovely seaside town and pretty much falling in love with a guy she never met. Then there’s a twist that I never saw coming that made the second half of the book so much more enjoyable and interesting!
(Though I have to say there were two twists that were quite easy to predict and I can’t believe Maya didn’t even consider them!?)
The characters. For once, in a romance novel, the male love interest isn’t perfect, how refreshing! I really liked all the characters. Maya, especially, because I could connect to her much more than I expected, and really understand all her choices. Ethan was a nice surprise, kind of lovely, but also very down-to-earth as a character, and I loved all their little adventures. It was the kind of spontaneity we all want in a relationship.
This story really tells you to put yourself out there, for a partner, job, or something else. To not be afraid to try, or get hurt, and to work on your own happiness. Be adventurous and open-minded.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Meeting Point. It’s a quick and easy romance that will make you feel happy, hopeful, and a little like taking a trip to the beach. Perfect for hopeless romantics! I rated this book: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.
About the Author
As a child, Olivia not-so-quietly ‘observed’ (AKA bothered with countless questions) her grandfather — who worked for the biggest publishing house in Romania — edit hundreds of books. And when he wasn’t editing, he read. Everything, all the time. Just like her father, who wrote short sci-fi stories, and was set on building the largest library she’d ever seen and her mother who’s never found without a book…wherever she goes. Her love for words came naturally, and after studying marketing, communications & photography, Olivia worked as a journalist for a newspaper and news television network in Romania.
An unapologetic citizen of the world, she spent a few years in Greece, Sweden, France, before settling in sunny California with her photographer husband and young daughter, where she works in marketing and writes. Oh, and let’s not forget the ever-growing menagerie that completes the family: Pumpkin, the Maine Coon mix, three black cats and a siamese kitten.
When she’s not writing or thinking about writing, she reads (across genres), watches old movies and collects vintage books, vinyl records, and eerie paintings. She loves traveling (and can’t wait until she can do it again, safely), swimming, biking, hiking and of course, photography.
SOMEDAY IN PARIS, her debut, published by Aria Fiction/Head of Zeus in May 2020 became a B&N, Apple, Kobo and Amazon Top 100 Bestseller and was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel Awards 2021. Her second novel, THE MEETING POINT, a contemporary romcom set in Northern California, is set to be published as an e-book on September 2, 2021 and in paperback in December 2021 in the UK and March, 2022 in the US.