This debut novel from author Sareeta Domingo, follows Taylor Jenkins and her battle to come to terms with her mother’s suicide, and the realisation that she is falling in love with her best friends boyfriend.
Taylor and Ryan crossed paths in a chance meeting in a London cinema, a moment that left them both with a feeling of something left unresolved, and with no way of contacting each other. That is, until Taylor’s best friend Marcy introduces her to her new boyfriend, who is in fact, the very man she let get away that fateful night.
“Do you ever feel like you’ve dropped into some alternative universe, and you just have to go alone with it, until things right themselves?”
Not only is she struggling to deal with this reality, but Taylor is also trying to come to terms with the aftermath of finding a man’s body floating in the River Thames, which brings up memories of her own mother’s death. She is feeling lost and alone, and needing to decide what path to take in order to live a contented life.
When Marcy asks Taylor if Ryan can stay with them since he has no place to stay, she can’t say no without raising suspicions, but when Marcy gets a gig dancing overseas, Taylor and Ryan are forced to spend more and more time together, and it’s not long before they need to confront the fact that they have feelings for each other.
“The problem is, I don’t want to forget it,”
he whispers urgently
“I can’t, Taylor, I can still feel you.”
There is a love triangle element, and although things are wrapped up quite nicely (and maybe a bit too quickly) in the end, I felt it was realistic, and I appreciated the friendship between Taylor and Marcy and how it was dealt with.
The Nearness of You reads more as a women’s fiction than a romance and since I am a total romance junkie I perhaps didn’t enjoy it as much as I could have. I absolutely loved the tension and angst between Taylor and Ryan, and adored reading the parts of the book where you could feel the yearning and the want. When things started to get moving it was almost at the end and I found myself feeling disappointed that I didn’t get more of this because I thought it was the best part of the book.
If Sareeta Domingo decides to concentrate more on the romance element of her stories, I would happily read more from her in the future because I loved the writing, and the character depth. A great debut novel.
The Nearness of You is a standalone novel, told in the heroine’s POV
ARC gratefully received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review