Phoebe is caught between a rock and a hard place. Settle down and get married, or return to the French Alps to pursue her passion?
Eliza is in love with someone who is no longer hers. In fact, he probably never was… And her dream of becoming a successful musician seems to be vanishing before her eyes.
Rose is out of a job and out of a boyfriend. To make matters worse, she’s been forced to move back in with her mother…
But these very different girls have one thing in common. Angus. The one they fell in love with…
Each of the chapters were told from the prospective of one of the girls, and memories are shared giving us a detailed insight to their upbringing, difference in characteristics and of course, informing us how they met the boy next door, Angus and the effect he had on them individually. Their individual chapters moved the story on to where they go from now in a very unique way.
I loved all three characters, but felt particularly pulled in firstly Phoebe followed mainly by Rose’s direction throughout the novel. Whilst Phoebe told of her love of climbing and taking risks, Eliza shared her passion for music and singing, Rose was at a bit of a dead end and therefore I thoroughly enjoyed seeing her progress over the course of the book plus who doesn’t love the whole mid-life crisis then tries working for a bakery plot? Ultimately towards the end it was more about Rose that the other two sisters, and I would just love to know what happens next between her and Toby.
Toby, alongside Angus, is really the only other character in the book. When Rose is out of a job, she begins working alongside Toby at his family bakery. He brought out a different side to Rose. I really enjoyed seeing Rose develop.
With Angus, it is very clear that he has an important role to play in each of the triplet’s lives and it’s also clear that he loves all three very much however I do not appreciate him falling for at least two of them even when he was younger as this can be confusing and annoying because they are sisters you do not interfere with the family members and leading them on and confusing everything for them.
Overall, Paige Toon has a wonderful way of writing and story telling. The locations were so descriptive at times that I found myself looking up area’s of The Alps that were mentioned as I was reading which just enforced the setting in my mind even more.
Usually I do not particularly enjoy multiple point of views however, I loved Paige’s way of telling the story from these three angles too – it was very cleverly done and I think anyone should read this as you will be hooked from the first page as with a lot of Paige’s novels.
I feel like I always say this especially as I am trying to read all the novels mentioned to read Paige’s One Perfect Christmas and Other Stories novel however it must be said – The One We Fell In Love With is one of those books that not only captivates you, but has you turning the pages before you have finished reading the first one, and made me feel a whole host of emotions – I smiled, I laughed, I cried.
It broke my heart several times but also mended it is such uplifting and warming ways.
Of course, this book wouldn’t be a true Paige Toon book if it didn’t have references to Australia or mention a character or two from a previous novel – I always have a slight ‘coming home’ feeling and find myself smiling when a character from the past pops up and it is always fun looking out for the character links!
Have you read any of her novels? Let me know your thoughts.