The cover first drew me to Would Like to Meet..., but what is inside hooked me on this “new to me” author, Polly James. Hannah and Dan have been married a long time, long enough to have an adult son and long enough to not really remember why they were together in the first place. It is one those moments that seem small, a flippant comment over a TV show, and then by the time it is over, so is a marriage.
The book follows Hannah as she tries to figure out what went wrong, who she is now, who Dan is now, what she is supposed to do next, how to navigate the treacherous currents of online dating, how to make friends when you’re a grown up and how to row a boat. The book has both laugh out loud and tissue box moments. The emotional tone of the story rings true even through some of the more outrageous adventures that Hannah embarks on.
I really enjoyed reading this and will keep an eye out for more books by Polly James.