You’ve Got My Number
By Angela Barton
Three isn’t always a magic number …
There are three reasons Tess Fenton should be happy. One, her job at the Blue Olive deli may be dull, but at least she gets to work with her best friend. Two, she lives in a cosy cottage in the pretty village of Halston. Three, she’s in love with her boyfriend, Blake.
Because, despite their history, Blake continues to be the puzzle piece in Tess’s life that doesn’t quite fit. And when she meets intriguing local artist Daniel Cavanagh, it soon becomes apparent that, for Tess, love isn’t as easy as one, two, three …
What a charming little novel from Angela Barton! It really is an uplifting, romantic novel with two wonderful lead characters, Tess and Daniel!
I love the reference to the number three throughout the novel. Tess has three reasons to be happy. She has a good job and gets to work with her best friend. She has a great place to live, and she has a long-time boyfriend. Those are great reasons to be happy, right? However, it’s her boyfriend, Blake, who is the biggest reason for her unhappiness. They haven’t been happy for a long time. When she meets Daniel, things get even more complicated because she is developing feelings for him.
The number three has meaning for Daniel too, but for very different reasons. A decision he made many years ago continues to affect him in the present. Meeting Tess brings him a kind of hope he hasn’t felt in many years. Too bad, she has a boyfriend…
The book is told from several POVs. Sometimes when authors include too many of those, it can be confusing and become bogged down. However, that isn’t the case with this book. It works very well. Despite the different narrators, the two main characters are Tess and Daniel. What sweet characters they are. Tess is so loyal and sweet, too much for her jerk boyfriend, Blake. UGH…he is terrible!!!!! Daniel is still trying to make up for what happened in his past, and he is totally devoted to his twin sister!
For those of you who don’t like a love triangle, don’t worry there really isn’t one. The author really does take her time in developing the relationship between Tess and Daniel, giving us a sweet friendship, but there are undercurrents of their deep feelings for one another.
I love finding new authors, and Angela Barton is a new one for me. I loved her style of writing. She wrote in a way that made me feel like I was a part of the story myself. I’m looking forward to reading more from her.
About the Author
Angela Barton lives in Nottingham and is a member of Nottingham Writers’ Studio and the Romantic Novelists’ Association. She has written three novels, all of which have passed through the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme and are now published.
Her first novel was published in 2018. Its genre is historical fiction set in France, telling the story of how a farming family survive through WW2. Angela’s second and third books are contemporary women’s fiction.
Now busy writing her fourth book, also set in France during wartime, Angela’s new passion is to research real life happenings and create fictional characters that live through these extraordinary events.
Along with other authors, Angela has helped to create two Facebook groups for book lovers. Apricot Plots and Love Forties Fiction.
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