Engaging modern day romantic fiction, that will make you smile all the way through Bestselling Irish author Carmel HarringtonBoy meets girl Alex Bradley can t help but feel that life is rather passing him by And not just life promotions, invitations, romance the girl he loves only has eyes for his flatmate and his 9 5 job as the Immigration department skivvy is sl Engaging modern day romantic fiction, that will make you smile all the way through Bestselling Irish author Carmel HarringtonBoy meets girl Alex Bradley can t help but feel that life is rather passing him by And not just life promotions, invitations, romance the girl he loves only has eyes for his flatmate and his 9 5 job as the Immigration department skivvy is slowly numbing his soul Until he meets Nadia.Girl meets boy Nadia Osipova is running out of time With no money, no lawyer and a totally fictitious boyfriend, she s got one last summer and one last appeal before the British government deport her back home.Girl gets deported It s going to be a bumpy ride, one she s dragging her new friend Alex along for As Nadia races through a list of all her favourite London adventures, for what may be the last time, Alex can t help but start to see the city, and his life, through Nadia s eyes.From hazy summer days on the Common and heady nights in Soho s basement bars, to twilight walks along the Southbank, will Alex realise what he s got before it s too late Funny, addictive and always honest, this is a love letter to London, friendship and the unexpected from the author of the bestselling The Best Thing I Never Had.
Somewhere Only We Know Engaging modern day romantic fiction that will make you smile all the way through Bestselling Irish author Carmel HarringtonBoy meets girl Alex Bradley can t help but feel that life is rather passing
Book No.2!Feast your eyes on my terribly awkward-British vlog cover reveal here!SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW. Starring:A British guyA Russian girlLondon in summerExtra-marital affairsToo-large ribsSuspicious cocktailsAdmiral NelsonStolen kissesSelfiesBrighton PierBucket listsFinal FantasyDrag QueensInnuendoCheap wineBad datesSuperhero film marathonsand unrequited love.eBook: 11 June 2015Paperback: 16 July 2015CAN'T WAIT.
This was such a great story - the first of Erin's that I have read (I will be buying her other books straight away) - with a brilliant sense of place. If I didn't already love London then I would now! The characters were fantastic, especially Nadia, and I loved her friendship with Holly and Caro and the other secondary characters including Rory. They were all very believable. Alex grew on me slowly but I really enjoyed the way Nadia brought him out of himself (don't want to give too much away he [...]
Alex works in immigration and a bit jaded with life. Nadia is a student facing probable deportation to Russia. She is putting an appeal in- but with no cash to pay a lawyer what is going to happen to her? Alex has her papers come through his desk and then they meet by chance.She thinks he needs to make more of his life and they spend the summer visiting the places in London that Nadia wants to see incase she doesn’t get to stay when her appeal date comes through. It makes you want to book your [...]
snazzybooksSomewhere Only We Know by Erin Lawless is a sweet, touching tale of friendship, love and identity in the 21st century.First and foremost a ‘Boy Meets Girl’ story, the story also addresses issues surrounding immigration and citizenship, but manages to do so in a thoughtful, non-preachy way that encourages the reader to consider what life must be like for those who live here and contribute wholly to British society, yet can’t live without fear of being deported. Don’t think this [...]
Engaging modern day romantic fiction, that will make you smile all the way through.I am a big fan of Erin Lawless's debut novel, The Best Thing I Never Had and was delighted to receive an ARC of Somewhere Only We Know from the author. So much so, that it bumped it's way up to the top of my TBR pile. Somewhere Only We Know tells the story of Nadia, a Russian student living in London, who is about to be deported and her friendship with Alex, who happens to work for the Immigration Department! As N [...]
I really wasn't too sure what to expect from this book. I know a lot of people enjoyed Erin's first book, but I haven't read it yet, and then I saw the word immigration in the blurb. I was very worried this would be some sort of highly political book potentially with an asylum seeker (and not really my sort of read). I could not have been more wrong. This is actually a wonderful story about friendship. It just so happens that Alex, works in the immigration department, and remembered reading Nadi [...]
I received a free digital copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest feedback.Alex works a pretty boring desk job in the immigration office, pretty much going through the same motions every day until he comes across a visa application for a Russian girl called Nadia. Something about Nadia and her friend's character references sticks out and Alex remembers her. Like a twist of fate, Alex bumps into Nadia a week later and the two become unlikely friends - taking trips a [...]
*Book provided by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*The blurb of this book instantly caught my attention. A great I idea and I couldn’t wait to dive into this story. I’ve read Erin’s The Best Thing I Never Had and wasn’t a big fan, but she surprised me with this one!!! I really enjoyed it.The story follows Nadia, a Russian girl who’s about to be deported. Nadia is lovable, fun and very passionate. A great character to follow around. The same with Alex, he seem [...]
L'intégralité de ma chronique ici: lune-et-plume/londres-avec-Après mon gros coup de cœur pour Meilleurs ennemis de Sally Thorne (si vous n’êtes pas encore au courant, foncez lire ma chronique, c’est très certainement la comédie romantique de cette fin d’année! ), il est temps pour moi de vous parler de Londres avec toi autre comédie romantique publiée dans la collection &H des éditions Harlequin. Une romance toute mignonne qui fut une agréable surprise. Une romance moderne [...]
If you loved Erin's first book, The Best Thing I Never Had, (and if you haven't read it, then go buy it!), then you'll love her second, Somewhere Only We Know. It's modern and honest romantic fiction, which will make you desperate for a city break in London. Somewhere Only We Know is something a bit different, it's genuinely funny yet surprisingly moving and a bit snarky. It's deeper than I expected.Erin's tone is instantly recognisable from her first book. Her writing is original and fresh.Some [...]
After reading Erin's debut novel 'The Best Thing I Never Had', it is safe to say I was very much looking forward to picking up another great work- and I was not disappointed!The romantic tale of Alex and Nadia proved to be genuinely moving, and the dry humour and perceptive storyline always left me itching to read day after day. Another charming and original story from Erin Lawless.I cannot wait for the next one!
Cela se lit pour le plaisir de sillonner Londres, pour oublier qu'il fait un froid de canard et pour savourer une jolie comédie aux rouages bien huilés : des potes, des soirées arrosées, de la répartie, des fous rires, des quiproquos, des déboires et de la patience pour décrocher les étoiles. Une lecture éclatante de vivacité & qui vous absorbe dans sa bulle. Effet cocooning assuré.
This was straightforward easy read which is exactly what I needed. No big surprises or plot twists here but really likeable characters and a decent plot.
Fun, contemporary romance with realistic conflicts, likeable characters and an emphasis on friendship being just as important as romantic love. I wish allowed half stars. I decided to round up on this one.
At the back end of 2013, I was invited to take part in a blog tour for a book by a debut author. I wasn't told much about it; only that it was contemporary romance and centred around a group of friends at university. Despite being up to my eyes in Advent-ures in Fiction, my annual celebration of festive books that runs throughout December, I said yes. And I'm so glad I did, because that book, The Best Thing I Never Had, was one of my favourite reads not just of that year, but ever. I' [...]
Alex Bradley lives a mundane life, his days comprised of working a desk job for the Home Office and spending most of his free time on the playstation, harbouring a secret crush on his flatmate's girlfriend. Russian-born Nadia has lived in the UK since she was a kid, however, now she is being threatened with deportation, awaiting a verdict with regards to her appeal for Indefinite Leave to remain in the country. As such she is determined to make the most of what might be her last summer in London [...]
At the start of the book we're introduced to Alex who works for the Home Office, sorting through lots of applications for UK visa. He is not very keen on the job and his life seems to be lacking the spark. When Alex comes across a very quirky written application it puts a smile on his face and he is ready to go out that night and have some fun with his flatmate Rory and Rory's girlfriend Lila (also Alex's secret love interest). But Rory pulls out of the fun evening and leaves Alex and Lila battl [...]
Review first posted on my blog 'A Spoonful of Happy Endings': spoonfulofhappyendingsspoTwenty-something Alex Bradley doesn't particularly love his job at the UK Immigration department, but it pays the rent. One day, he finds himself with an interesting letter in his hand, namely a request for a Nadia Osipova to be allowed to stay on in the UK. Without any money, no steady job and no boyfriend, Nadia is on the verge of being back deported to Russia, even though she knows the UK is her real home s [...]
I was a fan Erin Lawless's debut novel The Best Thing I Never Had so I was eager to read her second. I'm happy to report that the second book from this newcomer lived up to the promise of the first. I enjoy funny books, and while no one would classify this as a comedy, the dry humor an wry wit provided the exact right balance to some of the heavier themes and evens. The story belongs to Nadia, a Russian student living in London, who is about to be deported and her friend Alex, a government worke [...]
First there was Bridget and Mark; then there was Em and Dex and now there is Nadia and Alex. Oh, my heart.Somewhere Only We Know by Erin Lawless is a full on modern day romance centring on Home Office worker Alex – a man who is just being carried along by life rather than actually living it. His life consists of spending time with his flatmate Rory and Rory’s girlfriend Lila….who Alex is secretly in love with. When Nadia comes into his life everything is turned upon its head. She makes him [...]
Jane Hunt Writer First StepsJane Hunt Writer Book Reviews FacebookJane Hunt Writer Book Reviews Google+I was looking forward to reading 'Somewhere Only We Know'. Its vivid characters, well researched setting and original take on girl meets boy, met all my expectations.Nadia and Alex are complex, believable characters, Yin and Yang drawn together in a serendipitous way, they gradually discover what's been missing in their lives. Nadia is likeable and despite her looming problems, reaches out to A [...]
Nadia has been in the Uk since she was 11 years old, its all she knows all her friends are English, England is where she belongs but all this could change. Her Working Visa is being looked at as the home office feels she is no longer eligible to be in the Uk. The story reads from two peoples point of view Nadia’s and Alex’s. Alex works in the home office, his job is to look at every Visa that comes in and decide whether its eligible to go higher up the chain to be looked into. Alex receives [...]
I miss romantic comedies. They were nice pieces of film where you got to watch the two protagonists fall in love despite obstacles (ones that usually seemed realistic, therefore made the result seem realistic). I always feel really warm after watching a super good RomCom. I felt the same on finishing Somewhere Only We Know. I cannot think of a better equivalent than a RomCom in book form. It was decisively obvious that Nadia and Alex were going to fall in love, you could tell from the first meet [...]
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Somewhere Only We Know from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book I have read by Erin Lawless and it definitely won't be the last. Russian born Nadia Osipova is on borrowed time. Although she has lived in England since her early teens and moved between various work and student visas, she is now at a point where she must apply to the Home Office to be granted an indefinite leave to remain in the UK.She submits her application wh [...]
Somewhere Only We Know is the best type of chick-lit. It's a journey through a friendship that turns to romance. A tricky journey full of twists and turns, where you're never quite sure if things are going to work out, but it's fun to tag along and have some adventures along the way. Nadia is a whirlwind of a character - big and bold and full of character, for want of a better word. She incredibly sweet, full of life and zest, someone who really makes the most of their life. Alex, in comparison, [...]
This is a very contemporary romance and is a really good read. Alex & Nadia form a friendship after meeting, but Nadia's probable deportation back to Russia hangs over them. The friendship develops against a backdrop of the best London has to offer.The friends involved with both of them are strong characters as well - although Nadia wins hands down for a BIG personality!This is a great summer read - set in a hot London with the theme of immigration as a strong thread. Will definitely look ou [...]
This was just the book I wanted for a relaxed Sunday - I read all day very happily. It's classic chick lit that reminds me of early Lisa Jewell (who I admire a lot). A well-drawn central character, Nadia, with friendships that feel very real. The immigration obstacle, of not being in control of your future, is a constant shadow, adding suspense. It's also very topical and I love that the book tackles it. I anticipated what would happen, but I enjoyed the journey all the same. A comforting, heart [...]
*Advance review copy*I might not be the target audience for this book and the blurb didn't get me interesting initially (sorry), but I loved it. A sweet and charming story, reading it was like spending time with good friends. I loved Erin's first book The Best Thing I Ever Had, and this is lighter, funnier and gentler, but it still packs a punch. Glorious contemporary romcom. Alex and Nadia are so sweet, you won't be able to help getting carried away along for the ride.
This engaging novel takes you on a journey through the secret byways and clandestine treats of London by an author who obviously loves the place and knows how best to describe it! Narrated with skill and seemingly effortless fluidity, Erin Lawless creates an immensely readable storyline with believable, realistic characters.
I loved this book soooo much! I wanted to be friends with all of them!I could really identify myself with Alex! Slowly getting to really live your life! The characters are all very lovable (except for Lila couldn't get myself to like her)If there would be a sequel just following the lifes of Nadia,Alex,Holly,Caro,Ledge,Rory I would totally read it :)