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Ten Years

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I really enjoyed this one!  - unfortunately I don’t remember much about the story as I read it not long after my dad die, but I remember it healing my hurt a little and I had a smile on my face when I finished it.
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Full disclosure: I was reading this book right around the time my father passed from cancer. I have waited in writing my review in order to give myself a chance to potentially pick the book up again. 

So Ten Years centres around Charlie and Becca, a pair whose only connection was Ally. Ally was Becca’s bestie and Charlie’s girlfriend. However, Ally dies after a battle with cancer and leaves behind a bucket list for the pair to complete. They decide to do one item per year. 

Again, this could be due to my own grief, but I just was not fond of this book. It hit a little too close to home. Charlie and Becca’s ‘chemistry’ wasn’t quite where I wanted it to be. And the storyline was very slow. Add in the fact that they were grieving as well and it was kind of a perfect storm. I made it about 40-50% of the way through and stopped. I have felt no desire to pick the book back up, so I am counting this as a DNF. 

This is likely one of those ‘it’s not the book, it’s me’ type situations, hence why I scored the book as a 3⭐️.  Thanks very much to the publisher and to NetGalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Very emotional book however it was quite slow to read. The themes are quite heavy and some trigger warnings. I wouldn’t rush to pick it up again .
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Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC! This book had potential but I did not feel the chemistry between the two main characters. It was sad and tough to get through. Overall, it was a bit dull and boring.
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I wanted to like Ten Years more than I did. I like the idea of the bucket list from their friend and watching as they move on after her death and try to complete the bucket list. The trope of the romance focusing on the dead best friend’s boyfriend isn’t one that I’m usually drawn to, and the chemistry between the characters in this story didn’t do enough to push me over the edge to liking it. The pacing is slower than I wanted it to be, but overall it was an easy book to read, even as it deals with heavy topics such as death of a loved one, grief, and moving on.

Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced digital copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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I definitely thought this would be a significantly better book than it was, it's ultimately an overplayed concept and a little lackluster as a final product
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I enjoyed this book so much! 
The premise is great - two people are brought together  by a person they both love but who has passed away; though they knew each other as aquaintances, they develop an unlikely friendship as they meet every year to help mark their friend's memory.
The story is touching, dealing with grief and the loss of a loved one ("grief is love that doesn't know where to go") while also dealing with the many obstacles life throws at you in your late 20s and early 30s.
Despite the theme of death, this is more of a hopeful book than you'd assume - it is witty, and poignant and the main characters are so different but balance each other well.
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Keep a box of tissues handy while reading Pernille Hughes’ Ten Years because this book is so moving and poignant it could seriously sever your heartstrings.

Becca and Charles first met at university – and it was far from love at first sight! The two of them loathed each other on sight and just being in one another’s presence for a mere second was enough to have them both arguing, bickering and disagreeing with one another. Becca and Charles had absolutely nothing in common – except for Ally. The two of them absolutely adored Ally and it was through their mutual friend that they found themselves compelled to stay in each other’s orbit. When tragedy strikes and their beloved Ally passes away, Becca and Charles had the perfect excuse to drift out of each other’s lives. However, Ally left a bucket list which they have to complete and which will force Becca and Charles to look deep within themselves and realise that maybe the two of them have got far more in common than they initially thought.

Over the course of ten years, Becca and Charles collide as together they learn to deal with their grief and with the realization that Ally is not there anymore. They also realise that life is an endlessly complicated journey where feelings and beliefs change and where happiness is possible – providing you stop hiding in the shadows and trust yourself to take a huge leap of faith.

As Becca and Charles get used to life after Ally, will they choose to remain in each other’s lives? Or has the time come for the two of them to go their separate ways?

Pernille Hughes’ Ten Years is a wonderful book you will want to tell your friends and family about as it is a warm, witty, emotional, uplifting and heart-wrenching tale that is hard to put down and even harder to forget. Ten Years explores friendship, romance and grief in a sensitive, compassionate and candid way without resorting to cliches or melodrama making this book one to savour and remember long after the last page is turned.

A must-read for Jojo Moyes fans, Pernille Hughes’ Ten Years should be at the top of every one’s must-buy list!
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Great characters. I love stories about people who try to complete a bucket list. Lots of sadness in this story because of a death, but also hope when people work together.
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This was surprisingly really good! I didn't expect to love it as much as I did! I will defo be reading more from this author in the future!
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A story of friendship, grief and love. Also touching on the triggers and emotional trauma that everyone has to some degree and how it can rear its head and shape the course of your life in different forms.
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Becca and Charlie can't stand each other - but they both love Ally, Becca's best friend and Charlie's fiancee. When Ally dies, they are both broken hearted but would happily never see each other again - until they find out that Ally has left them instructions to complete her bucket list together. Over the course of the next ten years, as they meet once a year to complete another task, their relationship begins to shift. We see how both of them deal with their loss, but in very different ways given the very different people they are and we learn more about their life and what has made them the people they are. 

This is more than just an enemies to lovers stories - it is a story about grief and how differently everyone processes it. It is funny, it is emotional and it is a lovely read.
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A really interesting concept for a book! Drawn together to complete Ally’s bucket list, Becca and Charlie are forced to spend time together despite never having liked each other.

This is a slow burner which explores the very differing characters over a series of years as they gradually grow to accept each other’s differences and discover that maybe they are more compatible than they think!

The real beauty is that despite Ally not being present in the story, the reader gets to discover her through the other characters and, of course, the bucket list.

A thought-provoking, easy read.

With thanks to the author and Rachel at Random Resources for the opportunity to participate in the tour.
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This was a good romance, but not the best. I always struggle with this trope (dead best friend's boyfriend) as I always wonder if there were feelings there before hand. But that is definitely a personal preference . This does feel more like a general fiction book in the way that it is written. So that made it stand out for its writing ability. But the lack of chemistry between the two characters did make this one feel lacking to me.
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Trigger warning - you’ll fall in love with Charlie & Becca, but you’ll definitely need lots & lots of tissues! I loved this book from the first page and it just got better and better. Very One Day in its premise, but also brilliantly original, witty and fun. A great read!
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There's a lot of potential in this storyline, but it just didn't connect for me. The slow-burn romance was great, but felt weird given the context.
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Well, this was definitely an emotional read but a hopeful and comforting one too. I loved the characters, their flaws and realistic personalities.

Even though a few tears were shed on occasion I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know these characters. Seeing how their lives played out after loss.

There was something so heartfelt about the story and it really helped me connect with not only the characters but I felt invested in their happiness too.

A wonderful look at life, grief, love and romance too. Ten Years was a real joy to spend time with!
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Thank you to Netgalley for sending me this arc!

I enjoyed this book, however it did take a while for me to get into. I would recommend to others as the premise of the story is interesting!
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Sadly, this book wasn't really to my taste. It's quite an emotional story and I prefer books with a bit more humour. It's definitely something other readers will enjoy though.
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I had to DNF this after a few chapters. I grew very uncomfortable with the idea of a relationship between a man and his dead fiancée's best friend. I didn't realize from the blurb that this was how the story would go, but I was intrigued by the hatred between the two MCs.

Also, I didn't understand why Becca and Charlie loath each other so much. If this is the relationship between two people so close to Ally, I cant imagine how she held on to both of them.
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