Eight Perfect Hours
ONE OF THE BEST FEEL-GOOD BOOKS OF 2021 BY THE WASHINGTON POST
“I read Eight Perfect Hours in one sitting, in four perfect hours, because I couldn’t bear to put it down without knowing the ending.” —Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author
In this romantic and heartwarming novel, two strangers meet in chance circumstances during a blizzard and spend one perfect evening together, thinking they’ll never see each other again. But fate seems to have different plans. From the acclaimed author of the “swoon-worthy…rom-com” (The Washington Post) Dear Emmie Blue.
On a snowy evening in March, thirty-something Noelle Butterby is on her way back from an event at her old college when disaster strikes. With a blizzard closing off roads, she finds herself stranded, alone in her car, without food, drink, or a working charger for her phone.
All seems lost until Sam Attwood, a handsome American stranger also trapped in a nearby car, knocks on her window and offers assistance. What follows is eight perfect hours together, until morning arrives and the roads finally clear. The two strangers part, positive they’ll never see each other again but fate, it seems, has a different plan. As the two keep serendipitously bumping into one another, they begin to realize that perhaps there truly is no such thing as coincidence.
With plenty of charming twists and turns and Lia Louis’s “bold, standout voice” (Gillian McAllister, author of The Good Sister), Eight Perfect Hours is a gorgeously crafted novel that will make you believe in the power of fate.
Louis (Dear Emmie Blue) fills this sweet romance with twists of fate and rich emotional considerations. A snowstorm strands aspiring florist Noelle Butterby on a British highway on her way home from a college reunion. Needing to get in touch with her anxious, reclusive mother, she accepts the offer of similarly stranded American mountaineer Sam Attwood to charge her phone in his car. They spend hours together before the weather clears, but despite the spark they both feel, they part without sharing contact information. A series of chance encounters throw the pair together again as when Noelle happens to be hired to clean Sam's father's apartment but Sam explains that he has a girlfriend back in America and they are trying to work things out. Meanwhile, Noelle tentatively patches things up with her doctor ex-boyfriend, Ed, who abandoned her two years earlier with harsh words about her losing her life to her mom. Things come to a head when Noelle agrees to do the flowers for a wedding in Scotland and the trip spurs her to make some decisions. Witty moments and a delightful supporting cast bolster this slow-burning romance, and Louis manages to make the many coincidences feel believable. Fans of clean contemporary romances will find plenty to enjoy.