Wednesday 30 March 2016

The Night That Changed Everything by Laura Tait & Jimmy Rice *** BLOG TOUR ***

Rebecca is the only girl she knows who didn't cry at the end of Titanic. Ben is the only man he knows who did.
Rebecca's untidy but Ben doesn't mind picking up her pieces. Ben is laid back but Rebecca keeps him on his toes. They're a perfect match.
Nothing can come between them.
Or so they think.
When a throwaway comment reveals a secret from the past, their love story is rewritten.
Can they recover from the night that changed everything? And how do you forgive when you can't forget? 

Welcome to the BLOG TOUR for The Night That Changed Everything by Laura Tait & Jimmy Rice, published by Corgi, in paperback on 24 March 2016.

Ben and Rebecca. It's pretty obvious that despite the fact that in most things they are the complete opposite; Ben's likes tidiness, Rebecca leaves things laying around; Ben shows his emotions, Rebecca keeps a stony face, they really are the perfect couple.

There was that spark, the first time that they met, and the sparks that have flown in the following
eleven months, as they've grown to love each other. Things can only get better ... surely?

The Night That Changed Everything is narrated in alternate chapters by Rebecca and by Ben and is something of an anti-love story really. Although they talk about how they met, and how they fell in love, the main theme of the story is about how they split up, and why.

As Rebecca's voice is written by Laura Tait and Ben's by Jimmy Rice, they both sound very authentic. All too often a romance can be spoilt by one of the voices, almost as though the author can't quite get into the head of them. Not so with this book, this author partnership really works, and both Rebecca and Ben are very believable.

The break down of Rebecca and Ben's relationship has a huge impact on their close circle of friends, with some of them shouldering more of the blame and the fall out than others. The authors expertly capture the feelings of shock, numbness and guilt that affect the whole group and not just the lead players.

The Night That Changed Everything is an entertaining read, it's pretty smart and it is often funny, yet it also delves deep into relationships between lovers and between friends.

Laura and Jimmy became friends while studying journalism at Sheffield University, so sitting in pubs talking about life and love is something they've been doing for the last ten years. Now they write it all down, but little else has changed. Jimmy still tells Laura off for always being late, and Laura can still drink Jimmy under the table.

Their friendship survives because Laura makes tea exactly how Jimmy likes it (he once took a picture of his perfect brew on Laura's phone so she can colour match it for strength) and because Jimmy noted Laura's weakness for custard creams and stocks up accordingly.

Laura works as a journalist for Shortlist and Jimmy is a news journalist.

Follow them on Twitter @LauraAndJimmy


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