London, Can You Wait?
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Alex loves Mark. Mark loves Alex. But is love enough?
Since moving to London from the US, twenty-four-year-old Alex Sinclair seems to have it all: a coveted job writing for the theatre, supportive friends, and the man of her dreams gorgeous Irish actor, Mark Keegan. But in the year since the acclaimed debut of her play, Alex and Mark's lives have been turned upside down.
Thanks to his role on a smash-hit British TV show, Mark is catapulted to stardom. Alex couldn't be happier until her boyfriend's popularity and insatiable drive to succeed means they're apart more than they're together. Forced to share Mark with showbiz heavy-hitters, intrusive press, and unrelenting fangirls, Alex's hopes for a stable and committed life with him start to fade. Her struggles with panic attacks, career uncertainty, and Mark's increasingly worrisome behaviour make her wonder: how much more can she bend before she breaks?
A passionate tale of secrets, loss, and ambition, London, Can You Wait? is the eagerly-awaited sequel to Middleton's debut novel, London Belongs to Me.
A Nice Expansion Of A Novel
I requested and was given an advanced copy of this novel by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is just super late because of personal things I have going on, and work being crazy for me recently. Any, without further ado, here are my thoughts. Slight spoilers ahead.
I absolutely love the expansion first and foremost that we got with all the characters we got to know and love in Jacquelyn’s original novel London Belongs To Me. Picking up a year from where we last left them gave us time to see them grow and work their way through new struggles and relationship troubles.
First off Mark and Alex. Those two have managed to play with my emotions since the first novel. I absolutely love them together. However I must say they had some serious communication problems in this installment. If they had just been honest with each other and not tried to hide things that they regarded as small and harmless secrets, they would not have ended up going through the mess they did. A lesson they learned the hard way for sure, but still managed to come out the other side from it stronger than they were before.
Another of my favorite things in this novel was how much Alex progressed with her anxiety. Seeing her finally get help, and fighting her way through it was so wonderfully done. It was a slow progression, which I loved. It was more realistic that way.
The one thing that I enjoyed the most though throughout this story was getting to finally learn more about Mark and his family. I’m so happy we finally got more of a backstory with him.
This book is just all around a very nice addition to the lives of these characters. It’s very believable that this is where they would have been a year from where we left them in London Belongs To Me. Sure there were some moments that were a little too dramatic for me, and some that got a little too heated for me as well (I would not recommend reading this if you are under 17 at least), but it was altogether a good story.
I give it a 4/5 stars. Mainly because the ending picked back up for me, initially it was going to be a 3.5, but things picked back up more than I was expecting, and wrapped up very nicely.
I definitely recommend checking this book (and its predecessor) out if you like contemporary stories with depth and good family, and friend dynamics in them.