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First love conquers all in Perfect Day, a captivating contemporary male/male retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Love doesn’t burn out just because the timing’s wrong. It grows. It never leaves. When Joshua Newton, prodigal son of one of New Milton’s elite, fell in love with ambitious young actor Finn Callaghan, his world finally made sense. With every stolen moment, so First love conquers all in Perfect Day, a captivating contemporary male/male retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Love doesn’t burn out just because the timing’s wrong. It grows. It never leaves. When Joshua Newton, prodigal son of one of New Milton’s elite, fell in love with ambitious young actor Finn Callaghan, his world finally made sense. With every stolen moment, soft touch and breathless kiss, they fell deeper in love. Finn was his future…until he wasn’t. Love stays. Even when you don’t want it to, even when you try to deny it, it stays. Eight years later, Finn has returned to the seaside town where it all began. He’s on the brink of stardom, a far cry from the poor mechanic who spent one gorgeous summer falling in love on the beach. The last thing he wants is a second chance with the man who broke his heart. Finn has spent a long time forgetting Joshua Newton—he certainly doesn’t plan to forgive him. Love grows. It never leaves. One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise : all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise! This book is approximately 63,000 words Edited by Kerri Buckley


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First love conquers all in Perfect Day, a captivating contemporary male/male retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Love doesn’t burn out just because the timing’s wrong. It grows. It never leaves. When Joshua Newton, prodigal son of one of New Milton’s elite, fell in love with ambitious young actor Finn Callaghan, his world finally made sense. With every stolen moment, so First love conquers all in Perfect Day, a captivating contemporary male/male retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Love doesn’t burn out just because the timing’s wrong. It grows. It never leaves. When Joshua Newton, prodigal son of one of New Milton’s elite, fell in love with ambitious young actor Finn Callaghan, his world finally made sense. With every stolen moment, soft touch and breathless kiss, they fell deeper in love. Finn was his future…until he wasn’t. Love stays. Even when you don’t want it to, even when you try to deny it, it stays. Eight years later, Finn has returned to the seaside town where it all began. He’s on the brink of stardom, a far cry from the poor mechanic who spent one gorgeous summer falling in love on the beach. The last thing he wants is a second chance with the man who broke his heart. Finn has spent a long time forgetting Joshua Newton—he certainly doesn’t plan to forgive him. Love grows. It never leaves. One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise : all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise! This book is approximately 63,000 words Edited by Kerri Buckley

30 review for Perfect Day

  1. 4 out of 5

    Judith

    4.5 There was one last perfect day. Modern retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion Well,this was a pleasant surprise.I'm always a bit nervous about reading something from an Author I haven't come across before but I'm so glad I requested this.I read it in about 24hours,I couldn't put it down once I started it. Finn and Joshua were from different worlds when they fell in love one summer.They had their future mapped out-it was going to be perfect-until it wasn't-when their dreams ended just like th 4.5 There was one last perfect day. Modern retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion Well,this was a pleasant surprise.I'm always a bit nervous about reading something from an Author I haven't come across before but I'm so glad I requested this.I read it in about 24hours,I couldn't put it down once I started it. Finn and Joshua were from different worlds when they fell in love one summer.They had their future mapped out-it was going to be perfect-until it wasn't-when their dreams ended just like the idyllic summer they'd spent together... 8 Years later Finn is back in Joshua's life.... -There's anger, -There's resentment, -There are so many memories... Will love be enough the second time around? This was utterly charming -the scene setting,by the beach,was beautiful, -Finn and Joshua are highly likeable,well developed characters that fit together so well, -a sensual love story that turned out beautifully. Ok,there was a bit of miscommunication and the epilogue was too long but I'm overlooking that because I really,really enjoyed this! Recommended read. Review copy provided by the publisher,via NetGalley

  2. 5 out of 5

    ☆ Todd

    As this story started out, in my opinion, it was freaking *PERFECT*. One to give even Anyta Sunday a run for her money in the feels and slow burn department. I loved the MC's, I loved their story, and there wasn't a single thing that I would've changed. AND THEN THE RAINS CAME... Ugh, once Finn finally decided that he needed to get over himself and Josh was "The One" for him, that's when the fuckery began. Josh ran away, Finn gave chase. Finn walked away, Josh gave chase. Josh ran away, Finn gave cha As this story started out, in my opinion, it was freaking *PERFECT*. One to give even Anyta Sunday a run for her money in the feels and slow burn department. I loved the MC's, I loved their story, and there wasn't a single thing that I would've changed. AND THEN THE RAINS CAME... Ugh, once Finn finally decided that he needed to get over himself and Josh was "The One" for him, that's when the fuckery began. Josh ran away, Finn gave chase. Finn walked away, Josh gave chase. Josh ran away, Finn gave chase. Finn walked away, Josh gave chase. Rinse and repeat. Aaaaaaand I was about to KILL some scared, indecisive bitches, trust. I still loved the story, especially once the chasing was done, but would've much preferred the book without all of that mess. You know, the way that the book actually *began*. 4.25 stars, even with the frustrating crap toward the end.

  3. 5 out of 5

    ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    Alfred Tennyson was such a fan of Austen's Persuasion, he famously exclaimed, "Show me the exact spot where Louisa Musgrove fell." I'll do Tennyson one better and shout, "Show me the exact spot where Liz almost drowned!" Who's Liz, you may ask? She's the woman Finn woos as revenge for Joshua leaving him eight years prior. But let's back up: Josh and Finn met the summer they were 23 when Finn was working for Josh's father. Josh was upper-crust, wealthy, and played the piano beautifully. Finn had d Alfred Tennyson was such a fan of Austen's Persuasion, he famously exclaimed, "Show me the exact spot where Louisa Musgrove fell." I'll do Tennyson one better and shout, "Show me the exact spot where Liz almost drowned!" Who's Liz, you may ask? She's the woman Finn woos as revenge for Joshua leaving him eight years prior. But let's back up: Josh and Finn met the summer they were 23 when Finn was working for Josh's father. Josh was upper-crust, wealthy, and played the piano beautifully. Finn had dreams of making it big in Hollywood. Josh was going to forget his Harvard MBA and follow Finn to L.A. where they'd build a life together. But at the last moment, Josh broke up with Finn. He wanted Finn to pursue his dreams without being shackled to a boyfriend (Josh's aunt convinced him that making it as an actor was hard enough without also coming out as bi or gay, and she wasn't wrong). Eight years later, Finn, now an A-list celebrity, still hasn't forgiven Joshua. The men are thrown together when Finn's brother buys the house in which Josh grew up. Finn proceeds to ignore Josh and begins dating Liz to spite him. My heart utterly broke for Josh. I wanted to cry every time Finn shunned him or said something cruel. Finn's thirst for revenge was unsettling. After all, he and Josh had only known each other for one summer. As the girl who did what Josh didn't and followed her boyfriend of two years to L.A. after dropping out of a graduate program (also Harvard, but whatever), I will vouch for the fact that follow-your-heart stories don't always have a happy ending. Dear Reader, he cheated on me and broke my heart. And I was stuck in Los Fucking Angeles settling for a graduate program at a university that wasn't Harvard. But enough about that. What I'm saying is that I was on Josh's side! Finn acted like an arrogant bastard, and I kind of wish Josh had held out longer. But someone had to stop the cycle of anger and pride. After all, these men sang together in perfect harmony. "Love doesn't vanish just because you missed your slot. It's not conditional on time and place. It ... it stays." I've never read anything by Sally Malcolm, but she has a wonderful writing style, with evocative, but never flowery, descriptions of the setting (sea, snow, and coffee shop). I was so wrapped up in the story, time ceased to exist. The MCs were complex and real. Finn: determined, proud, alone in a fortress of his dreams but not happy, not really. Josh: kind, isolated, lonely, existing but not living up to his potential. Even the secondary characters were interesting people with their own motivations and desires. Finn's brother was such a good guy, and I couldn't hate Liz if I tried. Finn didn't exactly do right by her either. While the steam was muted, I found I didn't miss it. The feels more than made up for it. And the HEA was so romantic, I almost sobbed. You needn't have read Austen's novel to enjoy this book. It proudly stands alone.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ele

    -4.25 stars- ”This is the beginning, Josh. This is the beginning of everything for us.” But of course it wasn’t. It was the end. It was the last golden hour of the last perfect day.” What an amazing little gem that was! I’m very glad a friend recommended it or else it would have gone unnoticed. My friends know that I’m a complete sucker for second chance stories. Perfect Day embodies everything I love about the trope: -A breakup followed by years of separation. -The “OMG I just saw you again after al -4.25 stars- ”This is the beginning, Josh. This is the beginning of everything for us.” But of course it wasn’t. It was the end. It was the last golden hour of the last perfect day.” What an amazing little gem that was! I’m very glad a friend recommended it or else it would have gone unnoticed. My friends know that I’m a complete sucker for second chance stories. Perfect Day embodies everything I love about the trope: -A breakup followed by years of separation. -The “OMG I just saw you again after all these years” moment. -Glimpses of the past in the form of short and sparse flashbacks. -TONS of UST, stolen glances, awkward but intense moments. Oh the angst! -I love it when one of the MCs (the wronged one) holds a grudge and acts like an asshole (sue me). That was Finn. -The writing. I normally prefer a grittier style in this kind of stories, but this worked very well. It had an eerie feel to it, maybe because it’s a retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. The prose should have felt purplish, except it didn’t. The only reason I’m not rating this higher is that I felt that the “Liz” subplot went a little too far and then a couple short miscommunication scenes followed (thankfully very, very short). And although the epilogue was a lovely HEA it was a little bit too long. The steam is low to moderate but the existing scenes, although somewhat muted, are very intense and sensual. Overall, this was very nice and there was indication that there will be a second book. I’ll be reading it. Recommended.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elsa Bravante

    Peruasión de Jane Austen es un libro absolutamente maravilloso. Este retelling de Sally Malcolm a su manera, también lo es. Una historia de segundas oportunidades, con separación entre los protagonistas, soledad, celos, arrepentimientos, errores de juventud, errores por orgullo. Finn y Sean son dos personajes muy reales, el amor entre ellos se palpan, cometen muchos errores, pero aun así se siente cómo se quieren. Finn enamora, pero Sean... A Sean le quieres abrazar, arropar, necesitas saber que Peruasión de Jane Austen es un libro absolutamente maravilloso. Este retelling de Sally Malcolm a su manera, también lo es. Una historia de segundas oportunidades, con separación entre los protagonistas, soledad, celos, arrepentimientos, errores de juventud, errores por orgullo. Finn y Sean son dos personajes muy reales, el amor entre ellos se palpan, cometen muchos errores, pero aun así se siente cómo se quieren. Finn enamora, pero Sean... A Sean le quieres abrazar, arropar, necesitas saber que será feliz. Y todo esto acompañado con secundarios con mucho peso y un entorno que también lo tiene. Mientras leía me veía realmente transportada a ese lugar de la costa de USA, con sus habitantes, su cafetería y su mar. Un libro muy muy romántico y muy bien escrito. Para arrancar unos cuantos suspiros.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Aeren

    Si lo valorase en comparación con la mayoría de lo que he leído este año sería 5, se lleva una menos porque al final me ha resultado más fluffy que Angst, pero es muy romántica y evocatica, me encanta el mar y para mi es un tercer personaje en esta novela. Se nota que la autora sabe lo que hace así que me apunto la siguiente porque promete. Muy buena historia de segundas oportunidades, al fin!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    CrabbyPatty

    Ooh, I adored this story of second chances! Josh and Finn are young passionate lovers who plan to go away to California to start a new life together - Finn as an actor and Josh a concert violinist. But when the moment comes, Josh reneges and remains home with his dysfunctional family. Eight years later, they meet again when Finn's brother buys Josh's familial home in New Milton. Malcolm writes so beautifully and emotionally of Josh's regret when he sees Finn again and finally realizes he threw a Ooh, I adored this story of second chances! Josh and Finn are young passionate lovers who plan to go away to California to start a new life together - Finn as an actor and Josh a concert violinist. But when the moment comes, Josh reneges and remains home with his dysfunctional family. Eight years later, they meet again when Finn's brother buys Josh's familial home in New Milton. Malcolm writes so beautifully and emotionally of Josh's regret when he sees Finn again and finally realizes he threw away his chance at happiness. The longing and sense of loss Josh feels is just gut-wrenching as it registers that Finn will never forgive him and is heading into a new relationship. Joshua still mourned what he'd lost in Finn, and nobody knew it but him. Not even Finn. Crazily, he wondered what would happen if he just said it out loud: 'Finn Callaghan is the love of my life.' The chemistry here is intense and the emotional richness of the sex scenes particularly moving. I adored almost everything about "Perfect Day" ... except for the subplot about Finn's involvement with Joshua's friend and fellow teacher Liz. Without giving away too much, it went too far, and then was resolved quickly with a HEA for Liz in a matter of a few sentences. But other than this, I loved the book and give it 4.25, let's call it 4.5 stars, and give "Perfect Day" a recommended read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Caz

    I've given this an A- at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars rounded up. Sally Malcolm’s first published m/m romance is a contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion (which regularly vies with Emma for first place in my ranking of Austen’s novels!) set in a sleepy New York seaside town. I admit I’m usually a bit wary of retellings of classic novels – especially when they’re great personal favourites – but I’ve known the author on and off for over a decade, I enjoy her writing and was confident that s I've given this an A- at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars rounded up. Sally Malcolm’s first published m/m romance is a contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion (which regularly vies with Emma for first place in my ranking of Austen’s novels!) set in a sleepy New York seaside town. I admit I’m usually a bit wary of retellings of classic novels – especially when they’re great personal favourites – but I’ve known the author on and off for over a decade, I enjoy her writing and was confident that she’d treat the material with respect – and that confidence wasn’t misplaced. Perfect Day is a beautifully told second-chance-at-love story that tugs at the heartstrings and can be enjoyed regardless of whether you’re familiar with Persuasion or not. It stands on its own very well, although the fun for those of us who do know the original is in recognising the plot points and characters the author has chosen to ‘transplant’ and how she’s made them work in a contemporary setting. During one halcyon summer eight years earlier, Joshua Newton and Finn Callaghan met when Finn was employed to work on Charles Newton’s classic car collection at his Hanworth Hall estate on Long Island. The Newtons were extremely wealthy; Joshua’s father and older brother Michael were tough-nosed businessmen who believed money was everything, but Josh was always a bit of an outsider, a talented musician and gentle soul whose ambitions lay in a different direction. He and Finn spent as much time together as they possibly could over the couple of months that followed, falling deeply and passionately in love and eventually deciding to move to Los Angeles together, where the stunningly handsome Finn would pursue an acting career while Josh would further his musical studies. But their dreams came to an abrupt end when Josh allowed his aunt Ruth to persuade him not only that he should finish his MBA at Harvard, but that for Finn to arrive in LA with a boyfriend in tow would end his career before it had even begun. If Josh truly loved Finn, he should end their relationship and let him go. Eight years later, and Josh never did leave New Milton and embark on a musical career. His father kicked him out of the family home when he came out around a year after he split up with Finn, and he now lives in a small cottage near the beach, works part time as a music teacher at the local school and works a few shifts at the coffee shop in town. He knows he’s living a small life, which isn’t at all what he’d intended, but he lacks the energy to break out of his regular patterns and prefers his music and his own company to interacting with people – which he finds exhausting. When the present day story opens, Josh’s father has been imprisoned for tax fraud and the house and as many possessions as possible must be sold off in order to pay his creditors. Josh is completely unprepared to learn that Hanworth has been bought by hot-shot lawyer Sean Callaghan – Finn’s younger brother – who will be arriving, with his wife, to take possession in a matter of days. Josh tries to tell himself that it’s unlikely Finn will ever visit, and that if he does, they’re unlikely to meet. Even when he learns that Finn is flying in to spend a few days with his brother, Josh hopes to avoid seeing him – hopes which are dashed when Finn accompanies Sean into the coffee shop one morning. Josh is stunned but manages to nod an acknowledgement – while Finn looks furious and leaves without saying a word. At first, Finn’s ire is focused on Josh and the way he’d so carelessly broken Finn’s heart, but later it turns inward as he realises that even after eight years he still has feelings for Josh – and doesn’t want them. Being afforded the second PoV is probably the biggest difference between Perfect Day and Persuasion; in that novel, the story is told entirely through Anne Elliot’s eyes, whereas here, we’re given direct insight into Finn’s emotions and motivations, and I enjoyed that aspect of the storytelling, as it means that the author is able to present Finn as a more fully-rounded individual and explore his conflicted feelings for Josh, his desire to punish him for breaking his heart and the desire to grab onto him and never let him go. Ms. Malcolm sticks fairly closely to the original story although she has removed or pared down some of the secondary plotlines; and Josh and Finn are very much characters in their own right and not just cyphers or pale representations of Anne and Wentworth. They’re richly drawn, with very distinctive personalities and voices, and flaws that make them seem that much more human. Josh has been living in a kind of limbo since he split up with Finn, and I loved watching him gradually find his way back to the person he’s supposed to be, and eventually, the strength to try to move on with his life. The writing is lyrical and romantic, yet economical and precise, and while there’s plenty of angst in the story, it’s never overdone or overplayed. My one criticism is that the epilogue is perhaps a little long, but ultimately, Perfect Day is the sort of book you finish with a heartfelt sigh of satisfaction and a dreamy smile, and I’m more than happy to recommend it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alisa

    I loved this. I have a feeling this will end up on my Top 10 books of the year. This is a m/m retelling of Jane Austin's Persuasion. You do not have to have read that though to enjoy this. The author takes the bones of that story but modernizes it. The prologue starts in the past where we see Josh and Finn happy and in love. When the rest of the book begins it is 8 years down the road. The two men have gone down different paths and they haven't seen each other again. The majority of the story is I loved this. I have a feeling this will end up on my Top 10 books of the year. This is a m/m retelling of Jane Austin's Persuasion. You do not have to have read that though to enjoy this. The author takes the bones of that story but modernizes it. The prologue starts in the past where we see Josh and Finn happy and in love. When the rest of the book begins it is 8 years down the road. The two men have gone down different paths and they haven't seen each other again. The majority of the story is told from Josh's point of view and man did the author nail this. He is complex and well written and he felt so real. He is drowning in his grief over his loss of Finn and there was more than one place that my heart hurt for him. There is one scene, which I can still see so clearly, where something happens and he steps out of the room and his pain jumps off the page so strongly that immediately my eyes began to tear up. This level of feelz is all through the book. You feel their pain and their joy so strongly it is like they're real people. We do get some of the story from Finn's point of view and I thought that worked well. It made me understand him and empathize with him and realize that he was just as lost in grief as Josh was, he just showed it differently. He looked like he had it together more on the outside but on the inside he too was a mess. The author did a great job of making both of these characters feel like real people. They weren't perfect, they made lots of mistakes, hurt each other more than once, but loved each other from the bottoms of their hearts. They work hard for their hea. The author also did a great job with the sense of place. Her writing was detailed and painted such a strong image of the sea, the forest, the small town, etc. I felt like I was right there with these two, standing in the rain, feeling melancholy as I watched their story play out. There is an entertaining plot and a host of engaging side characters. All of which were also well done. They added another level of depth to the story. Apparently the author has a series of Sci Fi books but this is her first romance and I am so impressed. I can not wait to read more from her. If her next romance is done anywhere near as well as this one I will become her biggest fan girl. **ARC provided through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chris, the Dalek King

    This year might have had a lot of ups and downs, but so far it has also given me two queered Jane Austen retellings that have hit it out the park. This one, a reimaging of Austen’s Persuasion, was thoroughly enjoyable, emotionally enthralling, and damn entertaining. I’ve always loved this particular book of Austen’s. It has an emotional gut-punch that is only really rivaled by Sense and Sensibility, for me, and I was freaking over the moon when I realized that Sally Malcolm was going to queer it This year might have had a lot of ups and downs, but so far it has also given me two queered Jane Austen retellings that have hit it out the park. This one, a reimaging of Austen’s Persuasion, was thoroughly enjoyable, emotionally enthralling, and damn entertaining. I’ve always loved this particular book of Austen’s. It has an emotional gut-punch that is only really rivaled by Sense and Sensibility, for me, and I was freaking over the moon when I realized that Sally Malcolm was going to queer it the fuck up. This is the first book I’ve read of Malcolm’s, so I had no clue what I getting when I asked to review this book, but if this is a reliable measure of her writing, I’m going to have to check out her backcatalog. Perfect Day doesn’t follow the Persuasion plot beat for beat, but like all good retellings, it takes what it needs from the book it is based and focuses on getting the feelings and intent correct, instead of transposing every page of the original. It is, in my opinion, the best way to do these kind of stories. This story doesn’t try to cram in characters or scenes that were not needed for the plot, but instead builds a world around Finn and Joshua that makes sense for the contemporary time in which they both live. While I’m not going to give a full synopsis, I think there have been enough changes made to warrant at least a quick roundup of what is going on. Joshua is the son of a wealthy family who in his youth fell in love with Finn, an aspiring actor. They spent one summer together, fell madly in love, and planned to run off to Hollywood together when the summer came to a close. Joshua, on the advise of his aunt, though, changes his mind. Heartbroken, Finn goes to Hollywood, intent on making it big and forgetting the man who hurt him…while Joshua finds himself just as heartbroken, but with his life going nowhere and forced to regret and remember the one man who might have been his one and only love. This story picks up just as Joshua’s family is being forced to sell their home to pay for his father’s debts and Joshua comes to find out the Finn’s brother is to be the new owner. While mainly focusing on Joshua, Perfect Day, unlike Austen’s novel, gives us a look at the story from Finn’s perspective as well. Originally I was a bit thrown by this when it happened the first time, but as the story went on, I was glad to have this alternate perspective. It gives the story a bit more depth, being able to see things as Finn sees them, to get a better understanding of why he is a bit of an ass at times. He was genuinely hurt by Joshua in the past, and having to come back and not only face the memories of that summer, but the boy-turned-man who inflicted those wounds, has a real impact on his character and his actions. He becomes more sympathetic, even if some of his decisions are a bit douchey. And Joshua embodies a lot of the hurt and regret that I was expecting (and craving) when I picked this book, but he also has a bit more sense of self than his counterpart in Persuasion. Probably due the gender and time changes, there wasn’t as strong of a sense of having missed the boat for Joshua. Unlike in the the 1800’s, not being married by 20, let alone the fact that as a man things would have been wildly different anyways, isn’t some kind of societal death sentence. Here there isn’t the sense that Finn coming back is Joshua’s last hope. Certainly there is a feeling that Finn really is The One, and losing him a second time would be fucking tragic…but there are other things out in the world for Joshua if this one thing doesn’t work out. It made Joshua feel a bit less hopeless than the heroine of Austen’s story. Both work well for their own setting, but I am glad that Malcolm realized that not everything could work the same in both books. Perfect Day turned out to be just about everything I was looking for, to be honest. It was a great retelling of a story I have long loved, but it was also just a very well crafted, told, and realized romance on its own. Joshua and Finn are not great together because they are crafted from the same cloth of characters who have existed for several centuries, but because they are characters wholly crafted to fit in this story. And it is told in a way that reflects the changes in circumstances in both the characters and the setting, but which also brings with it the heart of regret, loss, rekindling, and second chance romance that made Persuasion such a good story to begin with. Be you a lover of Austen’s tales to begin with, or if you are just on the look out for a good contemporary story of love and forgiveness, this is an excellent addition to your tbr pile. 4.5 stars This book was provided free in exchange for a fair and honest review for Love Bytes. Go there to check out other reviews, author interviews, and all those awesome giveaways. Click below.

  11. 5 out of 5

    ♆Hayley

    Persuasion👏🏽is👏🏽my👏🏽favorite👏🏽Jane👏🏽Austen👏🏽novel👏🏽. ‘Nuff said.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. This was an emotional story, so much more than I was expecting. Finn and Josh were truly in love and it was unfortunate that they found each other when they were so young and just starting their lives. Josh was scared of the future and what it would do to Finn if Josh followed him out to Hollywood. And he was afraid of losing his family by coming out as gay and NOT doing what his father expected - going to college for an MBA. Jos A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. This was an emotional story, so much more than I was expecting. Finn and Josh were truly in love and it was unfortunate that they found each other when they were so young and just starting their lives. Josh was scared of the future and what it would do to Finn if Josh followed him out to Hollywood. And he was afraid of losing his family by coming out as gay and NOT doing what his father expected - going to college for an MBA. Josh wanted to be a musician, whatever way he could. I was so heartbroken when these two broke up, and Finn was devastated. But so was Josh. Finn didn't see that and now, almost 9 years later, Finn is bitter and angry with Josh over what happened. It's only later he realizes how hard he was being on Josh. I loved this dynamic between them. This is how you write a story about teenage loves seeing each other again after a bad breakup. Finn wasn't kind to Josh, he wasn't easy or interested in reconnecting with Josh. But his feelings wouldn't stop cropping up and that just made him angrier. I love a good emotional read, and this one certainly tugged at my heartstrings. My eyes may have gotten a little misty when they each recounted their memories of that long ago summer where they were deeply in love, and then the break up. I understood where both of them were coming from, and who knows if Josh made the right call all those years ago. They will never know what would have become of them had Josh been in Finn's life as he was trying to make it as an actor. I'd like to think they needed the time apart to be able to really appreciate what they have now as adults. When they were kids, they didn't have a care in the world, believing their love would carry them on in Hollywood - even if they had no money, no food, or a place to live. I do recommend this, and it's not too angsty for those who don't like that type of story. Their is just the right amount of angst to show how much these two really loved each other, and how hard it has been to be apart. Their reunion at the end was super sweet. I don't want to spoil it, so I'll say it's a nice long epilogue and you get to see them being happy together for more than just a few paragraphs (like you get in a lot of romance endings). Extended happy endings really work for me because thru the whole book we see the MCs struggle to find each other and then to only get a few minutes of their HEA isn't satisfying enough. Perfect Day will for sure tie a nice pretty bow on the tumultuous story. 4.5 stars (hopefully they fixed the editing issues prior to release)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tess

    5 stars Modern m/m version of Persuasion! It's one of my favourite Austen novels and it's the ultimate second chance love story. This version captured everything I loved about Persuasion, and second chance romance in general. So beautifully written too.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 AND 💖💖💖💖💖 from me. The fact that I spent most of the story with that wet stuff in my eyes 😢 is irrelevant. This was a superb recreation of Jane Austen's Persuasion for us M/M addicts, so full of feels it sometimes hurt to read the story 😍. Josh's loneliness was an almost palpable thing and Finn was a complete swine to him at first, just to get revenge for the fact that 8 years ago Josh had had the decency to let him go, refusing to hold him or his acting career back. Josh's family?? Absolut 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 AND 💖💖💖💖💖 from me. The fact that I spent most of the story with that wet stuff in my eyes 😢 is irrelevant. This was a superb recreation of Jane Austen's Persuasion for us M/M addicts, so full of feels it sometimes hurt to read the story 😍. Josh's loneliness was an almost palpable thing and Finn was a complete swine to him at first, just to get revenge for the fact that 8 years ago Josh had had the decency to let him go, refusing to hold him or his acting career back. Josh's family?? Absolute arses, the whole bloody lot of them, but Finn's brother Sean and his wife were priceless. That ending?? Yup, the watery stuff again...hubby thought there was definitely something wrong with me. This is a story I shall read again and again, rather like I listen to Him when I need cheering up...it's just that good, and of course, the original Jane Austen story was amazing [as are most of her stories actually].

  15. 4 out of 5

    ButtonsMom2003

    Fabulous, wonderful story! 5+ stars. This seems to be my year for reading books that retell stories by famous authors. Perfect Day is a modern retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion and I LOVED it. I must confess that I've never read any of Jane Austen's books but this is the second retelling of Persuasion that I've read recently. While I enjoyed the first one very much this one really hit me in the feels so hard! Perfect Day is also the first book I've read by Sally Malcolm and I was so happy to Fabulous, wonderful story! 5+ stars. This seems to be my year for reading books that retell stories by famous authors. Perfect Day is a modern retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion and I LOVED it. I must confess that I've never read any of Jane Austen's books but this is the second retelling of Persuasion that I've read recently. While I enjoyed the first one very much this one really hit me in the feels so hard! Perfect Day is also the first book I've read by Sally Malcolm and I was so happy to learn that there will be a follow up novel about a different couple (half of whom we met in Perfect Day). Perfect Day is a wonderful second chance story (read the blurb, it's a good one) and it left me breathless in anticipation during a lot of the story. I could feel how desperately Joshua and Finn wanted each other. I could feel how angry and upset Finn was about what happened in their past and how sorry Joshua was about it. I really can't say much more about this wonderful book. It made me terribly sad in places and my eyes leaked. When things finally work out I cried tears of joy. If you enjoy a romance that will break you and put you back together again you need to read this. If you've never read an M/M romance before, but have thought about it, I strongly recommend Perfect Day as a perfect one to start with. There is no explicit on-page sex, it's just a really wonderful second chance romance. A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but I loved it so much after reading it I purchased a copy from the publisher. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com*** LOL - I just realized how many "wonderfuls" I have in this review. Can you tell I really liked this book? :-)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Evie Drae

    Well, this week’s read was a downright pleasure, folks. It wasn’t what I was expecting going in, yet I came out the other side thoroughly sated and filled with all the happiest of little sighs. Perfect Day by Sally Malcolm is a gender-bending retell of the classic Persuasion by Jane Austen. And, oh my heart, what a sweet and wonderful twist on that tale it was. It didn’t march side-by-side with the plot of Persuasion, but it held true in all the areas that mattered most. Really, though, it’s thos Well, this week’s read was a downright pleasure, folks. It wasn’t what I was expecting going in, yet I came out the other side thoroughly sated and filled with all the happiest of little sighs. Perfect Day by Sally Malcolm is a gender-bending retell of the classic Persuasion by Jane Austen. And, oh my heart, what a sweet and wonderful twist on that tale it was. It didn’t march side-by-side with the plot of Persuasion, but it held true in all the areas that mattered most. Really, though, it’s those places Ms. Malcolm strayed to make the story her own that make it shine as brightly as it does. Because, yes, the skeleton of the classic is there, holding strong and true, but the heart of the story—and indeed, the characters themselves—feel fresh and uniquely reimagined. I absolutely adored Joshua and Finn, our heroic and loveable leads. They each had a distinctive voice within the narrative, and they were rife with flaws and realistic thoughts and reactions that made them delightfully genuine. My eyeballs get tired from all the rolling when the main characters are the epitome of perfection. I cannot stand when every head turns and drool puddles on the floor anytime one of the MCs is in the room, or when an MC embodies godlike flawlessness. That’s not an authentic representation of any true human being, so it makes it pretty flippin’ hard to relate to the characters. It puts them at a distance no reader can cross and winds up with an unsatisfactory and near-impossible connection. But Ms. Malcolm and her leading men? They did not fall prey to this faux pas. Nope, not one bit. Both Joshua and Finn were down-to-earth, faithful representations of real human beings, complete with faults, flaws, and beautiful imperfections. Then again, they were also quite stupendous in their level of awesome. Just not, ya know, unrealistically so. I fell head-over-heels for them both because they were such magnificent, compassionate, and brilliant men, rich in character and full of heart. My experience thus far with Carina Press has tended toward the high-heat level as far as sexy time depictions go, so I went into this expecting a similar encounter. However, this very nearly faded to black, with just the hint of a carnal undertone overlaid by eloquently written scenes. Did it leave me disappointed? Surprisingly, no. I’m a fan of the high-heat, but when done properly, can absolutely appreciate the softer side of romance. In this instance, Ms. Malcolm did a beautiful job of giving just enough to allow the reader to picture the scene she laid out, then run with it to their heart’s content. Overall, this was a lovely and thoroughly enjoyable read. I would recommend it to any Jane Austen aficionados out there, and certainly to any m/m romance fans. The love between these two men is genuine, delightful, and a downright pleasure to experience. This isn’t a story any gay romance enthusiast should miss. So, what are you waiting for? Perfect Day is available for pre-order or can be purchased for immediate enjoyment on or after its release date, August 13th, 2018! Until next time, E 💕 *I RECEIVED AN ARC OF THIS NOVEL VIA NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*

  17. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    Perfect.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kaa

    (Content notes: (view spoiler)[emotional and physical cheating, negative bi stereotypes (hide spoiler)] ) I love Jane Austen and Persuasion, so I had really high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, that just meant that it was even more hurtful for me, as a bisexual woman, that the story treated bisexuality and women so poorly. Sadly, I should know better than to be surprised this in m/m romance, but I let my anticipation and the fact that the book started out really well trick me into letting dow (Content notes: (view spoiler)[emotional and physical cheating, negative bi stereotypes (hide spoiler)] ) I love Jane Austen and Persuasion, so I had really high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, that just meant that it was even more hurtful for me, as a bisexual woman, that the story treated bisexuality and women so poorly. Sadly, I should know better than to be surprised this in m/m romance, but I let my anticipation and the fact that the book started out really well trick me into letting down my guard. I gave it overnight to see if I could calm down and write a real review, but I'm still very mad so instead you get a list of (some of) the things in this book that made me angry (possible spoilers): 1. The line that completely ruined this book for me showed up about 2/3 through: "I'm telling you I'm gay. Or bi, I guess. Whatever." This is the first time in the book the label bisexual is used in the text, and it felt like a punch to the gut. I'm not sure I can explain why this felt so awful to me, but I'll just say that I have spent much of my adult life, both before and after coming out, struggling against the idea that bisexuality isn't real, that it's a phase, that it's not really any different than being gay or lesbian, that it doesn't need its own label, that the word "bisexual" isn't important. This hurts. My identity deserves more than a "whatever." 2. Although the quote mentioned in 1 was the tipping point, I started to feel uncomfortable with the book even before that. At first, I couldn't put my finger on why (view spoiler)[Finn's romance with Liz (hide spoiler)] made me so unhappy - I'm usually not opposed to the idea of (view spoiler)[a romantic lead dating someone other than the person they end up with (hide spoiler)] . Finally, when (view spoiler)[Finn kisses Josh immediately after Liz's fall (hide spoiler)] , I got it. The whole storyline felt far too much like emotional cheating ((view spoiler)[not to mention that kiss (hide spoiler)] , and I am sick and tired of reading about bisexual cheaters. 3. The other reason I discovered for the discomfort mentioned in 2: throwing female characters under the bus! One common theme in m/m that I HATE is making women suffer - and then, often, trying to make them bear the blame for their own suffering. Not only does Liz get used (view spoiler)[by Finn (hide spoiler)] and by the plot, then it turns out that she's just totally flighty and flaky (despite previously being portrayed as a good mom and teacher, which would seem to imply at least some level of responsibility?) so really (view spoiler)[Finn shouldn't feel bad for cheating on her at all and she never deserved him in the first place! (hide spoiler)] Hello again, misogyny. 4. Saying that neither of the characters was *really* in the closet because they weren't lying, they just hadn't told anyone, seems disingenuous. Look, I think it's shitty and heterosexist that queer people have to come out in order to be recognized, but it also feels shitty to have the book ignore that reality. I have a hard time believing that Josh (view spoiler)[had *no idea* that no one knew he was gay - in my experience as a queer person, you get surprised occasionally by someone not reading you correctly, but in general you tend to have a decent idea about how your presentation is read - for safety if nothing else. And seriously, neither of the girls at the coffee shop had ever asked if he had a girlfriend??? Plus he had previously overheard a conversation about how people weren't sure if he was gay and if he was, thought he was deep in the closet? (hide spoiler)] 5. Oh and let's don't forget how Finn's "not really in the closet but only dating women" thing was used to allow other characters to worry about Josh being a "gay phase" for him - and to let Josh feel validated in choosing not to go with him. Honestly, I would have liked this story much better if it had separated the problems they encountered as queer men from their relationship challenges a little more. I think it would have made a much more interesting - and less hurtful - story if Finn had already been publicly out even though he and Josh weren't together. 6. Even the thing about waiting 8 years for your true love to return, which manages to seem romantic in the original, feels a lot weirder in a contemporary novel. Especially the fixation on (view spoiler)[the fact that Josh hasn't had sex with anyone else since Finn. Virginity fetishization makes me feel icky no matter how it shows up. (hide spoiler)] I could do a "old lovers reunited" story, but the degree to which Josh remained fixated on Finn is, frankly, unhealthy. In the interest of balance, I will note that I enjoyed the first part of the book and thought that initially the author did a good job of setting up the story. She started out with a good balance between incorporating elements of the original without forcing anything too much. (Unfortunately, this went out the window later, especially with the Liz storyline.) I almost didn't want to put this on my "b word" shelf because it only uses the term bi twice, and once is in a way that really hurt me, but I'll put it there for now, if only to make it easier to locate to see what good rep doesn't look like.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4.75 stars Like it’s inspiration, Persuasion, Perfect Day is a story about second chances. Eight years is a long time to hold a grudge or to nurse a flame, and in eight years both Finn and Josh have grown and matured. What’s between them isn’t the easy, hormone-driven love of a summer romance. It’s something deeper, darker, and more intricate.Finn was hurt, terribly, by Joshua’s betrayal and abandonment for all that he was the one asking Joshua to give up everything for him A Joyfully Jay review. 4.75 stars Like it’s inspiration, Persuasion, Perfect Day is a story about second chances. Eight years is a long time to hold a grudge or to nurse a flame, and in eight years both Finn and Josh have grown and matured. What’s between them isn’t the easy, hormone-driven love of a summer romance. It’s something deeper, darker, and more intricate.Finn was hurt, terribly, by Joshua’s betrayal and abandonment for all that he was the one asking Joshua to give up everything for him. He wanted Joshua to give up his family, his education, his life to follow Finn to the west coast. Finn was always a little mroe footloose, having come to Hanworth Hall for a summer job. Read Elizabeth’s review in its entirety here.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    Lovely retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. A charming second-chance romance that makes you believe in true love. “Love doesn't vanish just because you missed your slot. It's not conditional on time and place. It ... it stays." Recommended ❤ Lovely retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. A charming second-chance romance that makes you believe in true love. “Love doesn't vanish just because you missed your slot. It's not conditional on time and place. It ... it stays." Recommended ❤️

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    "Persuasion" has always been my favourite Jane Austen novel, so when I saw there was a modern day/ m/m romance adaption, I didn't hesitate. And luckily, like "Out, Proud and Prejudiced", it was wonderful. There's just something about the idea of a second chance romance. And it was done beautifully here, with a believable conflict and so much palpable regret. The overcoming of the past's bitterness on Finn's side felt genuine, and I loved that we got his side as well. I also loved all the side ch "Persuasion" has always been my favourite Jane Austen novel, so when I saw there was a modern day/ m/m romance adaption, I didn't hesitate. And luckily, like "Out, Proud and Prejudiced", it was wonderful. There's just something about the idea of a second chance romance. And it was done beautifully here, with a believable conflict and so much palpable regret. The overcoming of the past's bitterness on Finn's side felt genuine, and I loved that we got his side as well. I also loved all the side characters, especially Sean and Tejana. And while I am not huge on marriages proposals, the one in here? Was perfect. So yes, I loved it from start to finish. You don't have to know the original to be able to enjoy this, it's a perfect romance in its own right. Knowing it just is the cherry on top of the icing ;) Highly recommended!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Snjez

    4.5 stars Jane Austen is one of my favourite authors, so I was really looking forward to reading this. And it didn't disappoint. The story was beautifully written with the perfect combination of „now“ and „then“, the setting was amazing and the overall atmosphere of the book was warm and cozy. I loved Josh and Finn as characters and felt connected to them instantly. The side characters were great in this one as well, especially Sean. Loved him. The epilogue was a bit too long and too sweet for me, b 4.5 stars Jane Austen is one of my favourite authors, so I was really looking forward to reading this. And it didn't disappoint. The story was beautifully written with the perfect combination of „now“ and „then“, the setting was amazing and the overall atmosphere of the book was warm and cozy. I loved Josh and Finn as characters and felt connected to them instantly. The side characters were great in this one as well, especially Sean. Loved him. The epilogue was a bit too long and too sweet for me, but that didn't take away from enjoying this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    ConM

    I’m not crying there’s just something in my eye. Lovely reworking of Persuasion

  24. 4 out of 5

    Isa Tis

    Un livre qui est une bien jolie surprise ❤ En tant que lectrice amoureuse des écrits de Jane Austen, je ne pouvais pas passer à côté de cette réécriture de "Persuasion", livre que j’aime passionnément. Sally Malcolm nous propose une romance MM délicieusement romantique et touchante qui respecte l’esprit de l’œuvre originale. Et j’ai beaucoup aimé cette histoire de seconde chance, celle d’un premier amour, perdu puis retrouvé. Lors d’un été inoubliable, Josh et Finn sont tombés éperdument amoureu Un livre qui est une bien jolie surprise ❤️ En tant que lectrice amoureuse des écrits de Jane Austen, je ne pouvais pas passer à côté de cette réécriture de "Persuasion", livre que j’aime passionnément. Sally Malcolm nous propose une romance MM délicieusement romantique et touchante qui respecte l’esprit de l’œuvre originale. Et j’ai beaucoup aimé cette histoire de seconde chance, celle d’un premier amour, perdu puis retrouvé. Lors d’un été inoubliable, Josh et Finn sont tombés éperdument amoureux... Pourtant, la pression familiale poussera Josh à rompre brutalement. Huit ans plus tard, les deux hommes sont amenés à se faire de nouveau face. Le temps a passé mais si Finn n’a pas pardonné, la force de l’amour que lui et Josh ont partagé se rappellera à leurs souvenirs. Sauront-ils saisir cette nouvelle opportunité qui s'offre à eux ? Les deux personnages principaux sont très réussis, ils sont faillibles mais les erreurs commises ne les rendent que plus attachants. Josh est particulièrement touchant, sa solitude m’a serré le cœur tout comme le poids de sa décision qui pèse douloureusement sur ses épaules, malgré les années écoulées. D’autant que Finn est sans pitié car il fera preuve d’indifférence et s’efforcera d’instaurer une froide distance entre lui et son amour de jeunesse. Forcément, cette attitude peut paraitre cruelle, on ne peut s’empêcher de souffrir pour Josh, mais l'attitude de Finn est compréhensible, il veut tout simplement se protéger car son coeur a été brisé... Mais les gestes ne trompent pas et on sent parfaitement que les sentiments de nos héros ne sont pas morts, que l’espoir semble permis. Comme j’ai aimé être le témoin de ce rapprochement subtile et voir ces deux hommes surmonter peu à peu leurs peurs pour saisir la chance d’être enfin heureux. Évidemment, j’ai traqué LA scène culte du livre originale et je n’ai pas été déçue ! Et j’ai beaucoup aimé les quelques réminiscences de cet été magique partagé des années plus tôt, cela ne m’aurait pas gênée d’en avoir une bonne dose supplémentaire. Les personnages secondaires sont nombreux et donnent un certain peps au récit ; la famille, si détestable, de Josh, a une présence finalement assez discrète dans le récit ce dont je me réjouis. Et j’ai beaucoup aimé la façon dont l’auteur introduit son prochain roman, "Between the lines"... Juste un petit bémol sur la forme : j’aurais préféré que le premier chapitre, par ailleurs délectable, forme un joli prologue. Et j’ai trouvé l’épilogue un peu long, mais c’est vraiment un détail ! J’ai hâte de lire le prochain roman de Sally Malcolm, vivement que décembre arrive !

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    He was beginning to wonder whether he'd ever forgotten him at all, whether the memories had just hidden beneath the glitter of his new life, whether he'd spent the past eight years staring straight ahead so as to not glimpse them out the corner of his eye. This was such a heartbreaking, wonderful, sad, and joyful m/m re-imagining of Jane Austen's Persuasion! Even though I knew how the story would unfurl, I still ended up reading until past midnight, glued to my Kindle, crying from the first to th He was beginning to wonder whether he'd ever forgotten him at all, whether the memories had just hidden beneath the glitter of his new life, whether he'd spent the past eight years staring straight ahead so as to not glimpse them out the corner of his eye. This was such a heartbreaking, wonderful, sad, and joyful m/m re-imagining of Jane Austen's Persuasion! Even though I knew how the story would unfurl, I still ended up reading until past midnight, glued to my Kindle, crying from the first to the very last page (I'm not kidding…). Enough was added (we finally get to see the two before they end things and how happy they were before everything fell apart) and changed to make the story new and different from the original, while perfectly preserving the most important and gut-wrenching scenes. A truly wonderful and imaginative re-telling! If this was the author's first attempt at a m/m romance, I can't wait to see what she does next! I just hope comes out soon… *I received copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

  26. 4 out of 5

    J.L.

    Disclaimer: I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Having never read the original Austen novel, Persuasion, this book is based on, I was a bit tentative when Malcolm reached out to me and asked for a review. However, she knew that I've been on a kick for exactly this sort of romance novel the past few months, and I've previously been a fan of her media tie-in novels to the Stargate franchise. But there's no hoity-toity Britishness here, no Disclaimer: I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Having never read the original Austen novel, Persuasion, this book is based on, I was a bit tentative when Malcolm reached out to me and asked for a review. However, she knew that I've been on a kick for exactly this sort of romance novel the past few months, and I've previously been a fan of her media tie-in novels to the Stargate franchise. But there's no hoity-toity Britishness here, nor aliens and spaceships. Instead, Perfect Day was a novel I was glad to fall head-first into. Despite being a retelling of Persuasion, this novel feels incredibly contemporary. There is never once the sense that it's an old plot shoved into modern-day constraints. My surface-layer knowledge of Austen's text allowed me to identify how this book acts as a retelling, but I experienced the events with the characters. There was no distraction of wondering how Perfect Day might be influenced by Austen's plot. In fact, I consider myself more likely to pick up Persuasion now, and as someone who felt that Pride and Prejudice could have done with some sword fights, that's no small feat. All romance novels come with a bit of angst, but this book contained the perfect amount (pun not intended). There was just enough for me to feel for the characters and look forward to their happily ever after, but not enough for me to want to smack one or both of them upside the head until they got over themselves. The only way this book could have been better was if I'd been reading it along a beach of my own somewhere. That's certainly my idea of a perfect day.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ravenclaw Silverstripe

    First of all, Persuasion is my favorite novel from Jane Austen. Sense and Sensibility is a close second followed by Pride and Prejudice. When I read the blurb and found out that this was modern MM retelling of Persuasion?! Oh, yeah I bought it. I read it within an hour. I could not put it down. It had the plot of Persuasion but I loved how the author re-wrote it to fit the characters. I loved Josh (Newt). He was my favorite. Not a shocker, since I loved Anne. I felt that Anne's character was so First of all, Persuasion is my favorite novel from Jane Austen. Sense and Sensibility is a close second followed by Pride and Prejudice. When I read the blurb and found out that this was modern MM retelling of Persuasion?! Oh, yeah I bought it. I read it within an hour. I could not put it down. It had the plot of Persuasion but I loved how the author re-wrote it to fit the characters. I loved Josh (Newt). He was my favorite. Not a shocker, since I loved Anne. I felt that Anne's character was so evident in Josh, he had her essence and I respect that so much. It felt like their story but also something entirely new. Finn, like Frederick Wentworth grew on me. I could understand their resentment and anger over Josh and Anne. I did love how the author chose to address that dynamic and issue between Josh and Finn. It was similar but different and those differences made the story its own. I was a little worried that this retelling would not do justice to Persuasion, but it did and so much more. I kind of want Sally Malcolm to do a re-telling of Sense and Sensibility now :).

  28. 4 out of 5

    Em

    3.5 stars Perfect Day is my first Sally Malcolm novel and I did enjoy it. I liked the premise of the story and the principal characters, but I would have liked the novel more if they shared more page time together. I struggled with the too few glimpses of their halcyon summer, and very limited interaction they had once they were reunited. I wanted to feel the same connection to them as they had to each other - only because I didn't really get to know them as a couple very well. The secondary char 3.5 stars Perfect Day is my first Sally Malcolm novel and I did enjoy it. I liked the premise of the story and the principal characters, but I would have liked the novel more if they shared more page time together. I struggled with the too few glimpses of their halcyon summer, and very limited interaction they had once they were reunited. I wanted to feel the same connection to them as they had to each other - only because I didn't really get to know them as a couple very well. The secondary characters are interesting and I liked their involvement in the story. While the story flowed and I had a fairly good idea of where it was ultimately going, I would have liked a more detailed look at the conversation between Joshua and his aunt and father when he decided not to go to LA with Finn; I also wish we had a detailed flashback of the MOST PIVOTAL SCENE OF ALL - the one wherein Joshua tells Finn he isn't coming with him. The author alludes to both throughout the text but I needed a fuller picture in order to enjoy the story. Also, the author uses several British colloquialisms throughout the novel and it doesn't "feel" very american. A promising first book (for me) from Ms. Malcolm.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Isa Tis

    Un livre qui est une bien jolie surprise ! En tant que lectrice amoureuse des écrits de Jane Austen, je ne pouvais pas passer à côté de cette réécriture de Persuasion, livre que j’aime passionnément. Sally Malcolm nous propose une romance MM délicieusement romantique et touchante qui respecte l’esprit de l’œuvre originale. Et j’ai beaucoup aimé cette histoire de seconde chance, celle d’un premier amour, perdu puis retrouvé. Lors d’un été inoubliable, Josh et Finn sont tombés éperdument amoureux. Un livre qui est une bien jolie surprise ! En tant que lectrice amoureuse des écrits de Jane Austen, je ne pouvais pas passer à côté de cette réécriture de Persuasion, livre que j’aime passionnément. Sally Malcolm nous propose une romance MM délicieusement romantique et touchante qui respecte l’esprit de l’œuvre originale. Et j’ai beaucoup aimé cette histoire de seconde chance, celle d’un premier amour, perdu puis retrouvé. Lors d’un été inoubliable, Josh et Finn sont tombés éperdument amoureux... Pourtant, la pression familiale poussera Josh à rompre brutalement. Huit ans plus tard, les deux hommes sont amenés à se faire de nouveau face. Le temps a passé mais si Finn n’a pas pardonné, la force de l’amour que lui et Josh ont partagé se rappellera à leurs souvenirs. Sauront-ils saisir cette nouvelle opportunité qui s'offre à eux ? Les deux personnages principaux sont très réussis, ils sont faillibles mais les erreurs commises ne les rendent que plus attachants. Josh est particulièrement touchant, sa solitude m’a serré le cœur tout comme le poids de sa décision qui pèse douloureusement sur ses épaules, malgré les années écoulées. D’autant que Finn est sans pitié car il fera preuve d’indifférence et s’efforcera d’instaurer une froide distance entre lui et son amour de jeunesse. Forcément, cette attitude peut paraitre cruelle, on ne peut s’empêcher de souffrir pour Josh, mais l'attitude de Finn est compréhensible, il veut tout simplement se protéger car con coeur a été brisé... Mais les gestes ne trompent pas et on sent parfaitement que les sentiments de nos héros ne sont pas morts, que l’espoir semble permis. Comme j’ai aimé être le témoin de ce rapprochement subtile et voir ces deux hommes surmonter peu à peu leurs peurs pour saisir la chance d’être enfin heureux. Évidemment, j’ai traqué LA scène culte du livre originale et je n’ai pas été déçue ! Et j’ai beaucoup aimé les quelques réminiscences de cet été magique partagé des années plus tôt, cela ne m’aurait pas gênée d’en avoir une bonne dose supplémentaire. Les personnages secondaires sont nombreux et donnent un certain peps au récit ; la famille, si détestable, de Josh, a une présence finalement assez discrète dans le récit ce dont je me réjouis. Et j’ai beaucoup aimé la façon dont l’auteur introduit son prochain roman, Between the lines... Juste un petit bémol sur la forme : j’aurais préféré que le premier chapitre, par ailleurs délectable, forme un joli prologue. Et j’ai trouvé l’épilogue un peu long, mais c’est vraiment un détail ! J’ai hâte de lire le prochain roman de Sally Malcolm, vivement que décembre arrive !

  30. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Gah! This was heartbreaking and emotional yet ultimately uplifting. I had a few quibbles (view spoiler)[I wish we got to hear from Finn a bit more. Even in his own POV - he didn't always express to the reader exactly what he was feeling or doing - with Liz in particular - which leads to me to the other thing I didn't love. I wish Malcolm picked a different person for Finn to date. She's a single mom and Miles friend which just added an extra layer of callousness for all involved. To be fair - Fi Gah! This was heartbreaking and emotional yet ultimately uplifting. I had a few quibbles (view spoiler)[I wish we got to hear from Finn a bit more. Even in his own POV - he didn't always express to the reader exactly what he was feeling or doing - with Liz in particular - which leads to me to the other thing I didn't love. I wish Malcolm picked a different person for Finn to date. She's a single mom and Miles friend which just added an extra layer of callousness for all involved. To be fair - Finn acknowledges this and owns up to it but we never see how it pans out. Is Liz upset? Is she still friends with Miles? She just got engaged after 2 days of meeting someone new? Seemed like an easy way out to wrap-up that thread but I would have liked to see how Finn handled it and how it effected her & Miles friendship. It also made her come off like a flake. (hide spoiler)] But those are so minor - this is a really fast read and I adored both men and their path to a HEA. A MUCH deserved HEA. And oh! I also LOVED Finn's brother Sean. So sweet!

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