It Was You – Jo Platt


9/10. Cute cover!

“Alice Waites has been happily single for almost two years. When her close friends in The Short Book Group gently question her current distinct lack of interest in men, she accepts that maybe it is time to deal with the past and open herself up to new possibilities. However, things soon unravel for Alice as she uncovers the secret heartache and hopes of those around her. And her most surprising discovery is the life-changing truth which she has kept hidden, even from herself…”

It Was You is a witty, warm, character-driven novel – a fun distraction, if slightly predictable (and a bit too heavy on the commas).

Platt brings us a cast of amusing, memorable characters. Centre stage is Alice, along with Miriam, a friend from university, her bubbly and forthcoming work friend Sophie, the sweet and sincere Abs and Connie (who I have to say we get to know the least). Notably absent is Lydia, who we meet at the beginning of the story – another university friend who sadly passed away years previously.

Others join the fray – Lydia’s widowed husband Jon, Connie’s husband Greg, Miriam’s husband Craig, her sister, Romy, and David, who Sophie and Alice work for. Single Alice, still somewhat recovering from an acrimonious split from Eddie years previously, contends good-naturedly with her friend’s matchmaking attempts. Abs’ friend Hugh turns out to not be a match made in heaven for her, but when Alice meets Greg’s friend Stephen, it seems like she may have hit gold…

Uncertainties linger, however, as Alice tries to deal with various things bubbling under the surface: her widowed father has a new girlfriend, Jon appears to have moved on with a new woman, and Eddie reappears on the scene with some unpleasant news… Will Stephen turn out to be The One or will an unexpected contender for Alice’s emotions prove more suitable?

It Was You is an enjoyable, sweet novel, driven along by a cast of relatable and witty characters.