My grateful thanks to Alainna Hadjigeorgiou at Quercus Books for a review copy of Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Cate Woods. Just Haven’t Met You Yet was published on 11th February 2016 and is available from Quercus and in e-book and paperback from Amazon UK.
When Percy James receives a mysterious message from Eros Tech claiming to have matched her with her soul mate from the world’s population, curiosity gets the better of her and she agrees to meet the match. Little does she realise what far reaching consequences a simple meeting might have.
I loved Just Haven’t Met You Yet. It was such an engaging and fun read. It’s lighthearted but not lightweight and so well written the story races along.
I enjoyed the premise (which I won’t discuss too much here for fear of spoiling the read for others) and found the events totally plausible and frequently laugh out loud which is unusual for me. It was as if Percy was speaking directly to me with her first person narrative as if I were a close friend so that I was fully involved and cared about what happened to her. There’s a really conversational feel to the writing that is lively and interesting.
The characters are well developed making them thoroughly realistic. The naming of the lead female as Percy is a stroke of genius as readers will appreciate once they’ve read Just Haven’t Met You Yet.
Alongside the romantic comedy that Cate Woods writes so brilliantly, there are some serious issues that give depth and intensity to the story. Relationships obviously feature strongly, but there is also the consideration of how we meet the ‘right’ person for us, the difficulty in being seen as single, how parenthood affects us and what conventionality expects so that Just Haven’t Met You Yet is a truly satisfying read.
At the end, despite the fact that it was exactly as I expected, I found myself grinning from ear to ear. If you enjoy women’s fiction then Just Haven’t Met You Yet is perfect. I’d love to see it made into a film.
Cate Woods is a real talent in women’s fiction and I’m so pleased that she finally has a novel published under her own name. You can find out more about Cate on her web site and you can follow her on Twitter.