Friday 9 September 2022

Ten Years by Pernille Hughes Blog Tour

 Oh I'm a sucker for a good romance and that's exactly what Pernille Hughes offers in her latest novel Ten Years.

As the title suggests, this is a story told over the span of ten years, but let me tell you, those years go by fast (yes this is a quick and enjoyable read).


Becca and Charlie have known each other for years – ever since they met at university.

And for every one of those years, they've bickered, argued, offended, mocked and generally rubbed each other up the wrong way.

Until now. Until Ally’s bucket list. The death of their loved one should mean Becca and Charlie can go their separate ways and not look back. But completing the list is something neither Charlie nor Becca can walk away from.

And sometimes, those who bring out the worst in you, also bring out the very best…

Over the course of ten years, Becca and Charlie’s paths collide as they deal with grief, love and life after Ally.

This is the story of Becca and Charlie.


Tolerating each other for the sake of Ally who happens to be Becca's best friend and Charlie's fiance. But the unthinkable happens. Ally's passes away from the dread Big C and life will never be the same for either of them.

A cloud now hangs over them.

But Ally had a plan and she's there to keep these two talking rom beyond the grave.

The bucket list!

A series of events that Ally never got the chance to experience herself and she wants her two favourite people to take the plunge for her, scattering part of her ashes in each location as if to say 'Ally was here'.

Simple right.

Question is, can this unlikely duo stop bickering enough to fulfill Ally's last wishes?

I loved this book.

OK, it's nothing overly new with the enemies to lovers trope but it certainly kept my attention.

The conversations between Becca and Charlie are at times hilarious. The sarcasm and wit reminded me of how my husband and I converse with each other at times.

Sometimes its a love hate thing and that's what made this story work because it felt completely realistic and plausible.

Pernille has done a fantastic job of dealing with trauma and grief whilst keeping it light over all. The emotions portrayed felt honest, not forced.

Spread out over ten years. 

We are treated to alternating chapters from both Becca and Charlie. The differing perspectives gave great depth to the narrative. Giving a real balance, showing us all of the ups and downs over their journeys along the path to healing.

If I could pick one word to describe Ten Years it would be genuine.

Filled with love, loss and lust, this a novel to make you feel everything. A satisfying read that would lend itself well to the big screen.


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