About the Book
In the tradition of One Day, a wryly romantic story about two strangers who meet briefly as teens in Florence and whose paths cross again many times over the course of the next sixteen years, until they're finally brought back together
What if the person you're looking for is standing right next to you, and you don't even know it?
“Today is the first day of the rest of your life," reads the motto on a plate in the kitchen at home, and Tess can't get it out of her head, even though she's in Florence for a final, idyllic holiday before she starts university in London.
Gus and his parents are also visiting Florence, seven months after their lives changed suddenly and tragically. Gus, headed to medical school, is trying to be a dutiful son, but he longs to escape and discover who he really is.
On that day, the paths of an eighteen-year-old girl and boy criss-cross before they each return to England, to futures that are wildly different from the ones they'd envisioned for themselves.
Over the course of the next sixteen years, life and love will offer them very different challenges. Separated by distance and fate, there's no way the two of them are ever going to meet each other—until they each find themselves back in Florence, all those years later….
Educator and Librarian Resources
“If ever a couple was ‘meant to be’ it’s Tess and Gus. This is such a witty, poignant and uplifting story of two lives criss-crossing over the years, with near-miss after near-miss . . . I couldn’t put it down” —Sophie Kinsella, bestselling author of the Shopaholic series
“Miss You is one of those lovely, comfy duvets of a book that pulls you in and wraps itself around you. A beautifully simple idea, and a simply beautiful book.” —Simon Toyne, bestselling author of the Sanctus trilogy
“Miss You is utterly charming, engaging, moving, a story which is both wonderfully romantic yet also true to life. The perfect summer read.” —Kate Mosse, author of Labyrinth
“Two lives are unknowingly interwoven in this tantalizing, perfectly-pitched journey through a crater-filled emotional landscape. MISS YOU is charming, comforting, acutely honest and belongs on the same shelf as ONE DAY.” —Mark Ellen, author of ROCK STARS STOLE MY LIFE!
“If David Nicholl’s novel One Day and Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset films were to meet, have a brief, thrilling affair and end up producing an unexpected love child, it would be Kate Eberlen’s Miss You. A warm and funny romance that will divert and delight you in equal measure.” —Leah McLaren, bestselling author of The Continuity Girl
“This delightful novel is a page-turner, and its suspense comes not only from how and when the lovers will find each other, but whether or not they will manage to grow into the people they are meant to be by the time they do.” —Kate Hilton, author of The Hole in the Middle
“Debut novelist Eberlen develops two wonderfully distinct storylines, but her characters are carefully connected by proximity and circumstance. . . . Eberlen’s characters are so real and deserving of love-thankfully it’s safe to root for them both, and root for them you will.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Funny, poignant and really rather lovely.” —The Guardian
“Miss You could be this summer’s One Day” —Telegraph (UK)
“I adored this book: wildly romantic, heart-achingly sad, warmly funny and really clever. Deserves to do just as brilliantly as [One Day].” —Daily Mail (UK)
“Brilliantly constructed, with wonderful characters you’ll be cheering on, this romantic story is full of poignant moments, has a huge heart and a massive feel-good factor. Engrossing and entertaining.” —Sunday Mirror
“An unashamedly romantic novel, but one that also deals with the ongoing and deep-seated effects of grief. Both intricate and engrossing, its real pleasure lies in Eberlen’s assured writing with its level of detail and rich characterization.” —Sunday Express (London)
“Thoroughly deserving comparison with David Nicholls’ wonderful One Day (and I don’t say that lightly), this is commercial fiction of the very highest order.” —Bookseller (UK)
“Just the thing for long Summer nights.” —Good Housekeeping, UK
“Tantalising . . . What makes [Miss You] such a satisfying read is that both narratives are thoroughly satisfying in their own right, with plenty of great subplots . . . A guilty pleasure.” —Reader's Digest UK
“Eberlen . . . excels in creating realistic characters whom readers will adore-including Tess’ unusual sister, Hope; Tess’ sassy best friend, Dolly; and Gus’ impulsive college pal, Nash. Eberlen also shines at keeping the story moving through 16 years of friendship, purpose, and love. Swoon-worthy.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Eberlen’s marvelous debut novel captivates and immerses. . . . This worthy, wonderful, and witty read is a must-have for all romantics who believe in hope.” —Library Journal
“This debut romance by the British author playfully upends the expectation of happily ever after.” —HELLO! Canada
- ISBN: 9781443449984
- ISBN 10: 1443449989
- Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
- On Sale: 04/04/2017
- Pages: 448
- List Price: 24.99 CAD
- BISAC1: FICTION / Romance / Romantic Comedy
- BISAC2: FICTION / General
- BISAC3: FICTION / Humorous / General