"A poignant love story . . . Bittersweet and charming, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes. " --Shelf Awareness
Grace sees her boyfriend Henry everywhere. In the supermarket, on the street, at the graveyard.
Only Henry is dead. He died two months earlier, leaving a huge hole in Grace's life and in her heart. But then Henry turns up to fix the boiler one evening, and Grace can't decide if she's hallucinating or has suddenly developed psychic powers. Grace isn't going mad--the man in front of her is not Henry at all, but someone else who looks uncannily like him. The hole in Grace's heart grows ever larger.
Grace becomes captivated by this stranger, Andy--to her, he is Henry, and yet he is not. Reminded of everything she once had, can Grace recreate that lost love with Andy, resurrecting Henry in the process, or does loving Andy mean letting go of Henry?
In Shortall's insightful contemporary novel of loss and grief, a freak bicycle accident pulls the rug out from under Dublin chef Grace McDonnell's love life. Grace and fianc Henry are ready to buy a home of their own, but when he fails to show up for a house tour, Grace's first reaction is anger. Upon learning that he's been killed in his rush to meet her, the depth of her love is poignantly mirrored in the scale of her grief. She spends weeks in a mourner's stupor that lingers even after she moves into their dream home. She's only fully roused to consciousness by a tradesman, Andy, who's come to fix her boiler. In what might be a dream come true, Andy is a perfect replica of Henry except for the Australian accent. A friendship that could become love ensues as Grace grapples with a flood of conflicting emotions. Shortall's thought-provoking potentialities combined with her perceptive characterizations are certain to keep Grace and Andy in the reader's mind for a long time.