Thursday 21 July 2022

Anything Could Happen by Lucy Diamond (2021)

A chance encounter in New York City. A great love story on the cusp of beginning. And then he was gone.

For Lara and her daughter Eliza, it has always been just the two of them. But when Eliza turns eighteen and wants to connect with her father, Lara is forced to admit a secret that she has been keeping from her daughter her whole life.

Eliza needs answers - and so does Lara. Their journey to the truth will take them on a road trip across England and eventually to New York, where it all began. Dreams might have been broken and opportunities missed, but there are still surprises in store...

Anything Could Happen is a warm, wise, funny and uplifting novel about love, second chances and the unexpected and extraordinary paths life can take us down.

I was not expecting this book to leave me happily weepy by the end but it did. 
The first quarter of the book shows how much a complicated mess life can be and how decisions you make in your youth can have long-lasting consequences and not always for the best. I wasn't sure I was going to like Lara because of how she deceived her former husband and lied to Eliza, about her real dad, Ben. I could just feel everybody's awkwardness about the situation and their heartache at how life had turned out for them and all because of missed opportunities, poor decisions and bad luck. As I got to know the characters through Ben and Eliza's new relationship I could see how Lara made the decisions she had. I couldn't help but hope along with Eliza that a spark would still be there between Lara and Ben.  
The story takes place over a year and we can see how Lara, Eliza, Ben and even Ben's wife Kristen adapt to their new situations and make difficult decisions about the way they want their lives to be and who they want to be with. 
I loved the fact that the three went back to New York as a family. Their naturalness as a family unit and the bond they were building was heartwarming to see. There was definite chemistry between Lara and Ben but their love story was not rushed. Ben's story with Kristen needed to be resolved before I could be happy for him and Lara to admit their long-suppressed feelings for each other. When everything eventually fell into place it was magic. The orchard was a nice touch at the end and gave the sense of fate, that some things are just meant to be no matter how long it takes.

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