The second time we met

Frances Mensah Williams

Book - 2022

"Recovering from heartbreak, unlucky-in-love events manager Cara has vowed to avoid relationships. That is until fate throws her into the path of handsome and kind Henry, who is worlds apart from the men she’s dated before. Unfortunately, this encounter is short-lived when Cara misses her coach home--and with it, any chance of seeing him again. But fate is not finished with the mismatched couple. When Cara quite literally bumps into Henry a second time at a work event, the run-in leaves them with feelings instead of bruises, and they can’t wait another day before seeing each other again. Yet it soon becomes clear how deeply different their worlds are: Cara’s drama-filled African and Caribbean family couldn’t be further from Hen...ry’s family of wealthy lords and ladies. With interfering relatives, problem friends, and an inconvenient ex-boyfriend attempting a comeback, everything seems stacked against the two new lovebirds. This is no straightforward love story--Cara and Henry will have to get creative with romance if they stand any chance of beating the odds to win their happy ever after.

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Romance fiction
Seattle : Lake Union Publishing [2022]
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Frances Mensah Williams (author)
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331 pages ; 20 cm
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Love is easier found than kept in this sweet rom-com from Williams (Imperfect Arrangements). It's love at first sight when free-spirited Afro-Caribbean event planner Cara Nightingale and white lawyer Henry Fitzherbert briefly meet on a London bus, and Cara beats herself up for leaving before getting his number. Luckily, fate throws them back together and, in an unusual move for a romance, they officially become a couple by chapter two. Their honeymoon bubble is burst, however, when Cara learns that Henry is the grandson of an earl and worries that his privileged background and her poor one won't mix. Despite a warm welcome from the Fitzherbert family, Cara can't help feeling she doesn't fit in and worries her own boisterous relations will embarrass her. Of course, Henry's life hasn't been as charmed as Cara thinks, and his family have their own issues. Though he repeatedly tries to convince her that their differences don't matter, expensive restaurants, games of croquet, and his family's snobby associates leave her unsettled--but not as much as the return of her first love, who's determined to win her back. Plenty of laugh-out-loud moments cushion the heartache here and Williams's exploration of the British class system is on point. This is sure to charm. Agent: Rukhsana Yasmin, Good Literary. (Aug.)

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