Published by Aria on September 2nd 2021
What if the Lift driver who finds your cheating boyfriend's phone holds the directions to true love?
'Who are you and why do you have my boyfriend's phone?'
'He left it in my car. You must be the blonde in the red dress? I'm the Lift driver who dropped you two off earlier.'
And with these words, the life of the brunette and t-shirt wearing Maya Maas is turned upside down. Having planned to surprise her boyfriend, she finds herself single and stranded in an unknown city on her birthday.
So when the mystery driver rescues Maya with the suggestion that she cheers herself up at a nearby beach town, she jumps at the chance to get things back on track. She wasn't expecting a personalised itinerary or the easy companionship that comes from opening up to a stranger via text, let alone the possibility it might grow into something more...
Thanks to The Write Reads and the publisher for a free copy in exchange for an honest review as part of the blog tour.
It only took two seconds to convince me to sign up for the tour for The Meeting Point by Olivia Lara but I forgot I had signed up not long after. So when it showed up on my Netgalley shelf I was delighted. After I finished my current read at the time, I immediately dove into this one and finished it in one go. I loved it.
Ok, that was the short version of the review. Here’s the longer one. The Meeting Point is a contemporary romance with a lot of things I love. A mystery, a small town on the coast, lovely architecture, books, and a cafe. Maya, our leading lady, has the worst day of her life turned into the best one by a mysterious stranger and she falls in love with him without knowing what he looks like or what his name is. She calls him Max. The danger of falling in love with a figment of the imagination is that reality can disappoint. And when Max turns out to be someone unexpected, her whole life is turned upside down again.
I absolutely love the characters. They’re flawed and emotional. They fight, argue, and love. And they’re all incredibly stubborn. Although miscommunication is one of the biggest sources of conflict, it didn’t annoy me as much as in other stories. The reason why they’re keeping secrets is self-protection instead of trying to protect the other. The ups and downs they experience only heighten the tension and make the climax only more emotional. Yes, I shed a few tears.
I’d also like to add that Carmel, the town this story takes place in, is almost like its own character. It has character, you become familiar with it, and because of the guided tour in the first few chapters, I feel like I’ve been there. I haven’t, but maybe if we ever go in that direction, I want to.
I give The Meeting Point five stars. A lovely summer read you won’t be able to put down.
If you liked The Meeting Point by Olivia Lara, you might like books by Isabella May, like The Ice Cream Parlour.