‘Who are you and why do you have my boyfriend’s phone?’
‘He left it in my car. You must be the blonde in the red dress? I’m the Lift driver who dropped you two off earlier.’
And with these words, the life of the brunette and t-shirt wearing Maya Maas is turned upside down. Having planned to surprise her boyfriend, she finds herself single and stranded in an unknown city on her birthday.
So when the mystery driver rescues Maya with the suggestion that she cheers herself up at a nearby beach town, she jumps at the chance to get things back on track. She wasn’t expecting a personalised itinerary or the easy companionship that comes from opening up to a stranger via text, let alone the possibility it might grow into something more…
*I was sent an ARC of this via NetGalley and as part of The Write Reads ultimate blog tours – a massive thank you as always to Dave for asking me to be a part of this one and being an all round awesome member of the book community!*
The Meeting Point is exactly as sweet, funny and romantic as you would expect from reading the synopsis, with added mistaken identity hijinks, a picturesque location and fun concept to boot. Olivia Lara’s writing is inviting and I was immediately charmed by Maya, our resident romance lover and all around hopeless romantic who finds herself at a crossroads after finding out her boyfriend has been unfaithful.
After reading this book I definitely want to visit Carmel in person because the way the author describes it makes it sound so great. I loved how Maya was taken on a tour of Carmel and in turn we got to come along to see the sights, from the beach to the cute cottages to Celine’s french inspired cafe. It was super wholesome and I liked that there was very much a small town feeling with Maya making friends, matchmaking the regulars and finding her feet and place in the world.
The concept behind this book is super unique and I enjoyed the whole texting parts of the novel and how Maya and ‘Max’ got to know each other over the course of a single day. Would this happen in real life? Maybe not, but I was happy to suspend my disbelief and get caught up in the meet cute of it all.
Some of the miscommunications in the book were definitely a tad frustrating but given the nature of the book I knew they would all be sorted out by the end so it doesn’t feel as high stakes. I also thought that Maya not figuring out a certain something was kind of unbelievable because it felt so obvious that I wanted to shake her a little. I think readers who dislike the miscommunication trope will find this a little tough to get through but there’s a happily ever after guaranteed so nothing too stressful!
Overall, The Meeting Point is a cute, lighthearted read which would be perfect for a holiday read or on the plane. I think Maya speaks to that part in all of us that believes in happy endings, so it was really satisfying and sweet to see her get her own.
Until next time,