Andy Jones is back with his second book – The Trouble with Henry and Zoe. His first book – The Two of Us was a mixed one for me despite the buzz it created on social media but this one sounded worth pursuing from the blurb. Read on to know if book 2 made a place in my heart or not.
Title: The Trouble with Henry and Zoe
Author: Andy Jones
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Published: July 2016
Format reviewed: paperback
Set in: London, England
Time period: Contemporary
Professions of main characters: Dentist and Ex Lawyer turned Publisher.
A heart-warming and funny novel about love and the choices we make. How bad choices can lead to good things, and how life is never what you expect it to be. Perfect for fans of One Day and Me Before You, from the author of The Two of Us.
Henry and Zoe have more in common than they realise. For a start, they both have pasts they’d rather leave behind.
After jilting his childhood sweetheart on the eve of their wedding, Henry makes a break for London. He has no friends, no job, no home, no plan.
Zoe has great friends, two jobs, a new house, and a big scary plan. After a traumatic, life-changing event, she plans to leave London and spend a year traveling. Alone.
If Henry and Zoe had met one year ago, things might have worked out differently. But that s not the way life works. They meet seven months after their worlds have been turned upside down. And four months before Zoe is due to climb on a plane…
Henry and Zoe meet in London, when they’re both single and trying to make sense of their last relationship. The last relationship which for Zoe did not end well and Henry who jilted his bride at the altar and moved to London. In London, Zoe is coming to terms with the sudden loss of her relationship with Alec and Henry is trying to move on from the mess he left behind with his almost wedding. Zoe wants to move on but she feels lost, all she wants to do is travel the world and find herself. Henry wants to clear the air, be able to visit his parents freely maybe even move back to his little hometown. A place in the middle of nowhere but where everyone knows how he humiliated his longtime girlfriend April.
Two different people Two different lives with relationship regrets! Together they find a happy place in each other.
The title may say Trouble with Henry and Zoe but I don’t see it as trouble. What I see is 2 people, normal people with normal relationship issues, making mistakes and learning from them and keeping the love and hope alive in their hearts. What I loved about this story is the emotional battles these characters have are pretty serious but their portrayal of them is as normal as you can imagine. There is no over the top, extreme drama, it’s as simple as 2 people falling in relationships then falling out and just getting their feet back on the ground. Along the way they find love again and they don’t fight it but they definitely don’t take it lightly either. They give life a chance, love a moment to come to life and space to breathe. They stumble even fall but then they start fresh; in a way which feels natural and organic.
It is a quite, refreshing story with a few drunken nights, scrabble playing dates, bike rides, few haircuts and lots of life in all these moments. There is no dramatic heated passion, love at first sight or fairy tale unfolding of situations where the Prince and Princess kiss into the sunset for a happily ever after. This is a story where love gets as real as we can expect it to happen to us. Zoe can be you or your friend as easily as Henry can be that quite, funny guy in your group or the boy next door who you always thought was cute.
I absolutely enjoyed the trouble with Henry and Zoe. I am sure if you are Realist like me or want a break from overly sweet, fairly tale love stories pick up a copy and be delighted with Henry and Zoe’s story.
Book buy link: Amazon India
About the Author
Andy Jones lives in London with his wife and two little girls. During the day he works in an advertising agency; at weekends and horribly early in the mornings, he writes fiction. Follow Andy on twitter: @andyjonesauthor
Connect with the author via his website
Reviewed by Bharti