'Heartwarming and heartbreaking' Giovanna Fletcher
'Deep, emotional and powerful' Milly Johnson
'It swept me away' Beth O'Leary
An instant Sunday Times bestseller.
Neither of them expected to fall in love. But sometimes life has other plans.
When Wren realises her fiancé is in love with someone else, she thinks her heart will never recover.
On the other side of the world, Anders lost his wife four years ago and is still struggling to move on.
Wren hopes that spending the summer with her dad and step-family on their farm in Indiana will help her to heal. There, amid the cornfields and fireflies, she and Anders cross paths and their worlds are turned upside-down again.
But Wren does not know that Anders is harbouring a secret, and if he acts on any feelings he has for Wren it will have serious fall-out for everyone.
Walking away would hurt Wren more than she can imagine. But, knowing the truth, how can she possibly stay?
'This is a book that will have you swooning, crying, and turning the pages late into the night' Sophie Cousens
'Beautifully written. So immersive and with such depth of emotion' Jill Mansell
'This is going to be totally massive, because it has everything: family, love, secrets, sexy descriptions of brooding, hot men. . . just sublime' Laura Jane Williams
'A moving, remarkably romantic and emotional novel written by one of the only writers who can make me cry! Paige Toon continues to weave the most beautiful, deep stories, and Only Love Can Hurt Like This is her at her absolute best!' Lia Louis
'A word-perfect deep dive into the highs and lows of love' Heidi Swain
'Paige Toon is a genius and I highly recommend this gorgeous book' Lucy Vine
'A heart-wrenching story. . . I feel bereft to have finished it' Ali Harris
'Heart-wrenching and beautiful with a seismic plot twist' Zoë Folbigg
'Emotional, angsty, and utterly romantic. . .This story will have you wiping away tears one moment, and smiling dreamily the next' Mia Sheridan
'The author is known for writing gutwrenching novels, and hits the mark again with this wonderful tale' The Sun
‘A hot man with dark secrets, a sparky heroine, a gorgeous setting and slow-burn emotional fire. Whew. *Fans self*' Natasha Poliszczuk
'Compulsively page-turning, wildly romantic and beautifully heartbreaking. I stayed up all night and inhaled it in one big gulp. A totally brilliant read - I couldn't love it more' Emily Stone
'What a beautiful, lovely tearjerker of a book. This story will stay with me for a long time. . .' Lizzy Dent
'Toon urges us to risk everything, to never play it safe when it comes to the heart, and to know that caring is always, always, worth the cost' Caroline Leavitt
'Paige Toon's writing is emotional and riveting. Even while her novel was breaking my heart into tiny pieces, I could not put it down' Jill Santopolo
'Heartbreaking, gorgeous and unforgettable [...] Only Paige can write like this!' Dani Atkins
'This book is a delicious, slow burn love story that hit me in parts of my heart I didn't even know I had' Annabel Monaghan
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We’re big Paige Toon fans at Apple Books and this beautifully heartbreaking book captures precisely why. There’s a warmth to her writing that means even her most devastating work—and there’s a considerable emotional toll here—is totally unputdownable. We meet Bury St Edmonds-based architect Wren as she embarks upon a sabbatical-of-the-heart to rural Indiana after splitting from her fiancé. Here she meets widower Anders and his brother Jonas. Both are struggling—Anders with a secret that could blow up his fledgling relationship with Wren and Jonas with his mental health—and Toon writes about Wren’s arrival into their lives beautifully. A gorgeous tear-jerker that stayed with us long after Anders’ big reveal.
At the start of this middling romance from Toon (Someone I Used to Know), architect Wren decides she needs a break from quaint Bury St. Edmunds, England, and sets out to spend the summer with her father on his new pick-it-yourself farm in rural Indiana. She's nervous about the trip, as she's spent very little time with her father and his new family since her parents divorced when she was six. Luckily, her half sister is more than ready to introduce her to the town's limited entertainments, which puts her in the path of two handsome but brooding brothers, Anders and Jonas. At first, IndyCar engineer Anders's taciturn and combative personality puts Wren off, but she warms to him when she learns his prickliness is driven by his concern for Jonas's poor mental health. Anders has a heavy secret of his own, however, and it could halt his relationship with Wren before it can fully take off. It strains credulity that the small community wouldn't already know Anders's secret, making the reveal both unbelievable and jarring. Toon smooths out that rough plot twist with highly readable, emotional prose and a focus on how familial relationships evolve over time. It's not particularly memorable, but it does what it sets out to do.
I love how this book has so many layers to it to show how love really can hurt. From her relationship with her ex to her relationship with her dad and stepmum, her feelings towards her half sister and her sisters own relationship. Then all of the twists and turns with her relationship with Anders, it was brilliant. I couldn’t put it down and feel like I’m going to miss the characters now I’ve finished the book!
Not for me
I couldn’t get into this. To me, it read like a trashy romance novel (not my thing), so I gave up early on.
This is buy far one of the best books I’ve read for so long. Absolutely loved the characters and story behind them all brilliant