Official Review: 3/5
“When nineteen-year-old introvert Sarah boards a plane to fly home after an overseas holiday, the last thing she expects is Aiden, the guy sitting next to her who’s never flown anywhere before and refuses to shut up. Hours of random conversation later, they part ways. Sarah can’t stop thinking about Aiden, though, and wondering if she made a terrible mistake letting him go.
Should she abandon her safe, predictable life and go in search of him, or would she be chasing a happily ever after that could never exist in real life?”
This was a cheesy romance book with a bit of religion slipped in, but it was cute. The synopsis, in my opinion, makes the book seem bland, but it wasn’t. There aren’t any hair-raising incidents or edge-of-your-seat issues, but it isn’t boring.
Sarah Henley is a shy push-over that isn’t aware of how easily controllable she is. She was an unique and interesting character and her point-of-view was refreshing. She enjoys writing, but she’s allowed herself to try to get her Bachelor of Science instead of pursuing her dream, despite the fact that she’s miserable. Her character development was done tastefully. Aiden pushed her out of her comfort zone because he was out of his comfort zone and she benefited from it. I liked watching her slowly step outside of her protective bubble more frequently as the book continued on, even though it obviously made her uncomfortable at the start. She’s a talented writer from the responses the other characters have made towards the things she’s wrote, but she doesn’t believe it due to a verbally abusive and manipulative boyfriend. I was really rooting for her by the time the book ended.
Aiden was a sweet, outgoing, guy that went from hugging Sarah to comfort her to needing comfort and back again. But not in a whiny way, it was more like “I’m staying strong, but if you’re offering a hug, I need one.” It was cute to watch him interact with Sarah and hold her hand as he coaxed her out of her extreme introverted ways. What I loved the most was that he wasn’t her “saving grace.” He didn’t just show up with perfect white teeth, ocean-like blue eyes, handsome golden hair, with rippling muscles, a cologne that smelled like pine and masculinity, and breath that always smelled like peppermint. He was a guy that was handsome but it wasn’t overdone. He had flaws and fears and a heart that loves but still hurts from things in his past. I appreciated that his past wasn’t some deep mysterious thing where he got kidnapped by some secret organization and had to kill everyone to get out. Instead, it was something real and raw that brought him down to earth and made him an even better love interest.
I wish they had developed their relationship a bit more, but the ending was smooth and it was tasteful; it wasn’t abrupt or drawn out, so I won’t gripe about it. The rest of the characters were necessary and added to the plot in their own ways which I noticed and appreciated. I loved that Aiden and Sarah met on an airplane and their friendship started off there. It reminded me of the book The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. The plot was adorable, especially the beginning when they were first meeting and it just continued to get cute from there, and thankfully, it stayed clean the whole way through. The “most” interesting part of the plot was that it’s set in South Africa. I liked the aspect of the book having a family that could talk in a different language and let me experience some of the culture. I want to taste Biltong now!