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30 June 2022

Audiobook Review: Note to Self by Anna Bell *AD Gifted

HarperCollins Audio sent me a free audio-copy of Note to Self by Anna Bell via NetGalley.

I saw the cover of Note to Self and I thought it was the perfect summer read - and I was right! It has been years since I read a book by Anna Bell and now I have regrets and a back catalogue to catch up on. I'd forgotten how great of a writer they are.

Note to Self by Anna Bell audiobook book cover

It’s never too late to follow your heart.

One summer’s day seventeen years ago Edie and Joel meet.

Their connection is instant and a friendship is born, although Edie can’t help but wish for more. But just as she builds up the courage to lay her heart on the line, one night changes everything…

Edie’s moved on from the heartbreak of years ago. So the last thing she expects to receive on her thirty-fifth birthday is an email… from her eighteen-year-old self. As more emails arrive, she starts to remember what – or rather who – she left behind.

Following her own advice, Edie heads back to the place where it all began, and finds her path unexpectedly crossing with Joel’s once more. Could this finally be their chance at love? Or are some things better left in the past?

From the author of We Just Clicked and The Man I Didn’t Marry comes a brand-new romantic and moving love story daring to find a second chance in life and love.

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Source: NetGalley | Review Copy 

5 Word Review: Friendship, love, family, history, summer.

I love a second chance romance, and Note to Self is the perfect one for reading this summer. It also has the sunniest cover ever.

I listened to the audiobook, and I thought that Eilidh Beaton gave a marvellous performance narrating it, bringing the characters to life through Edie. I loved her inflection, and she is definitely a narrator I will seek out, a real joy to listen to.

I loved the whole idea behind this book - although I can't imagine what 17-year-old me would have send in an email to my future self. Probably lots of drama! Edie though? She had her head on right even at that age, and offers her future self some surprisingly sage advice. And some excellent challenges. She knew herself even then, although she didn't know it her self.

The story takes a deep dive into friendships and memories and second chances, and I loved seeing everyone Edie surrounded herself with. She's so well adjusted and confident, and as the story progresses this only increases.

But Joel? Well some wires were crossed between them way back when and I loved the drama that ensued! It's not massive drama, just the quiet and subtle heartbreak of a crush that is seemingly not returned. But when they meet again there are real sparks. 

This audiobook is perfect for a stroll along the sea front, or pick up the book itself as a beach read. It's a perfect summer second chance romance and will fill your heart with joy.

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