One Day to Fall by Therese Beharrie
Sophia is feeling suffocated by her family who keep comparing her to her ‘perfect’ big sister. The idea of sitting in a hospital waiting room for hours is too much to bear, so she runs away.
Parker is also running away from the same hospital. In his case, it’s from his mother’s diagnosis. Sophia jumps into his taxi and despite himself he cares that she might not be safe.
Eventually, they make a pact to have this one day to run away from their problems. One day to forget it all and have fun. One day in which they fall in love.
Both Sophia and Parker start the book in terribly bad moods. They are sharp and angry and snipe at each other. As time goes on, they mellow.
This is a slow burn (despite it all happening in one day!), introspective, character driven romance. I love this kind of thing. Sophie is prickly and blunt. Parker is adorable and kind. They complement each other beautifully. It’s a minor thing, but I liked how Cape Town was so vivid that it almost became a character in the book too.
This is the first Therese Beharrie book I’ve read. I will definitely be reading more.
I got an advance copy of the book via Netgalley.