The Note by Zoe Folbigg

Review published on August 10, 2018.

Maya Flowers is a hopeless romantic. So when the ‘man of her dreams’ appears to her on her daily commute, she starts to fantasize that ‘Train Man’ will be the love of her life. After months of staring at him, she plucks up the courage to give him a note asking him out. Will this be the answer to all her prayers?

The Note is based on the author’s real-life ‘Train Man’, who she eventually married. Everyone loves a good lurve story, right? Well this isn’t all plain sailing (naturally) and Maya’s colleagues don’t help matters, constantly teasing her, asking if and when she is going to take things further with her hunk on the train.

I really liked this book. Someone had it in the ‘library’ at our hotel on holiday and when I went back to get it, it had gone. I felt sadder than I thought I would so I was determined to read it when I got home! I wasn’t disappointed. This is a perfect summer read, lightweight and yet absorbing and easy to read as the chapters have frequent breaks in them, dotting about from the present to when Maya first spots the man of her dreams. I’m sure there are plenty of people that can identify with this story, me included!

I found Maya a likeable character who is eager to please everyone around her. Her job sounded very exciting, working for fashion and the book deals with her colleagues and the ups and downs of trying to further her career, as well as living alone for the first time. I really liked the way it was written, and we get to see Train Man’s ‘other’ life as well and although on the outside everything seems cut and dried, it’s really not.

This book has been compared to Sliding Doors in that it has missed meetings and opportunities and I must admit I was willing Maya on to be brave and feeling frustrated when things didn’t happen for her. I think this is down to the brilliant descriptive writing that the reader gets so involved and well done to the author for not making everything Hollywood perfect! There are some other great characters too including Maya’s best friend, Nena, and the American lady, Velma, who she teachers at a foreign language class.

I would definitely read more from this author. I have had a break from this type of book and I must admit during the sunny weather it’s a delight to read something romantic and sweet and yet with a realistic storyline that does have stings in the tail. I devoured this in huge sections and yet didn’t want to finish it. For anyone that dreams of a happily ever after, this is highly recommended!

Kirsty MacKenzie 5/5

The Note by Zoe Folbigg
Aria 9781788543606 pbk Nov 2017


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