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Overview

A thoughtful, captivating and ultimately uplifting novel from this uniquely talented author.

Jasmine loves two things: her sister and her work. And when her work is taken away she has no idea who she is.

Matt loves two things: his family and the booze. Without them, he hits rock bottom.

One New Year’s Eve, two people’s paths collide. Both have time on their hands; both are at a crossroads. But as the year unfolds, through moonlit nights and suburban days, an unlikely friendship slowly starts to blossom.

Sometimes you have to stop still in order to move on…

Original and poignant,The Year I Met You will make you laugh, cry and celebrate life.

Inspiration For This Book

A former colleague took ‘Gardening leave’ for one year, and I found this term to be such a contrast with her corporate life that it inspired this story. I couldn’t imagine this woman not working for a year, I couldn’t imagine her not wearing a pin-stripe suit, I couldn’t even imagine her having a garden. I wanted to write about a character, who was so wrapped up in their career that when that was taken away they discovered they were unable to cope with everyday life and didn’t know what to do with themselves. In this story Jasmine literally needs to root herself in the earth to come to terms with losing her job. Broken up into 4 parts, a season per part, her journey and growth is mirrored in the changing of the seasons. The darkness of winter, the hope of spring, the growth of summer and the maturity of autumn.

Reviews

Officially one of her best … a heart-warming tale about the things we can learn from other if we put aside our preconceptions.
— Irish Independent

A wry, dark drama. — Daily Mail
— Sunday Telegraph

Moving, real and exquisitely crafted. Do not miss it.
— Heat

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