Will and Donna are perfect for each other.
If only they could meet...
Moving and romantic, A Love Like This is the perfect read for anyone who believes in destiny.
William and Donna, born on the same day in Dublin, have almost met many times - on their tenth birthday, when Donna spotted Will carrying a colourful bunch of balloons; the day Will, a law student, visited the bakery where Donna worked; and an introduction by mutual friends that never came to pass. Over the years, they have kept just missing each other.
Then, on a sunny day at a café in Auckland, they finally meet. And, in that moment, thousands of miles away from home, they're exactly where they're supposed to be.
But a terrible disaster strikes, and they are separated - left with the memory of the brief time they had together, and dreams of what might have been.
Perhaps all is not lost however, and fate will bring them together once more ...
This gimmicky romantic epic from Duffy (One Wish) vacillates between poignant charm and an excess of coincidence. Donna and Will's lives have intersected in strange ways from the day they were born in a Dublin hospital. Their paths converge many times, but never quite meet: for example, Donna makes the cake for Will's father's retirement party. As they face the vagaries of life, both are inexorably drawn toward each other and kept apart by events that include deaths and an earthquake until the time is finally right for them to remain together. The romance is sweet but shallow, particularly compared with the book's sweeping scope and the pure, true emotional connections Donna and Will form with other people. A touch of mystery and some beautifully rendered explorations of human connection ensure that this will be a thoughtful, though repetitive, experience for readers.