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The brand new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author Paige Toon. The perfect summer read for 2020! Some people believe that it’s possible to fall in love simply by gazing into another person’s eyes . . . When Hannah and Sonny meet, a spark ignites that is hard to ignore and impossible to forget. Weeks later, their paths cross again, but Sonny appears distant and rel The brand new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author Paige Toon. The perfect summer read for 2020! Some people believe that it’s possible to fall in love simply by gazing into another person’s eyes . . . When Hannah and Sonny meet, a spark ignites that is hard to ignore and impossible to forget. Weeks later, their paths cross again, but Sonny appears distant and reluctant to meet Hannah’s eye. It soon transpires that Sonny is at a crossroads. He’s committed to making serious life changes – ones that can’t and won’t include romance. Hannah has her own reasons for wanting to keep their budding friendship platonic. Plus, she’s only in town temporarily, housesitting for her uncle. But as the summer hots up and the chemistry between them intensifies, Hannah and Sonny discover that there’s more to each other than meets the eye... Praise for Paige Toon: 'You'll love it, cry buckets and be uplifted' MARIAN KEYES 'Tender, heartbreaking and magical' GIOVANNA FLETCHER 'Heart-warming, wistful and full of joy' LINDSEY KELK ‘Poignant and lovely, warm and wise’ MILLY JOHNSON 'Family secrets, new horizons and a gorgeous continent-crossing romance . . . prepare to be swept away!' LUCY DIAMOND ‘Warm, inspiring, like a holiday mood in book form’  MHAIRI MCFARLANE 'For smart, romantic fiction, look no further than the new book from bestselling Paige Toon'  RED  'Achingly romantic and brilliantly written . . . Five Stars!'  HEAT 'Simply gorgeous' SUN 'You won't be able to put down this emotional read'  CLOSER 'Paige Toon is the queen of will-they/won't-they romance, setting up an ending that will leave you in bits'  SUNDAY EXPRESS 'Full of living-in-the-moment and what-might-have-been contrasts, this tender read pulls at the heart strings'  FABULOUS


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The brand new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author Paige Toon. The perfect summer read for 2020! Some people believe that it’s possible to fall in love simply by gazing into another person’s eyes . . . When Hannah and Sonny meet, a spark ignites that is hard to ignore and impossible to forget. Weeks later, their paths cross again, but Sonny appears distant and rel The brand new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author Paige Toon. The perfect summer read for 2020! Some people believe that it’s possible to fall in love simply by gazing into another person’s eyes . . . When Hannah and Sonny meet, a spark ignites that is hard to ignore and impossible to forget. Weeks later, their paths cross again, but Sonny appears distant and reluctant to meet Hannah’s eye. It soon transpires that Sonny is at a crossroads. He’s committed to making serious life changes – ones that can’t and won’t include romance. Hannah has her own reasons for wanting to keep their budding friendship platonic. Plus, she’s only in town temporarily, housesitting for her uncle. But as the summer hots up and the chemistry between them intensifies, Hannah and Sonny discover that there’s more to each other than meets the eye... Praise for Paige Toon: 'You'll love it, cry buckets and be uplifted' MARIAN KEYES 'Tender, heartbreaking and magical' GIOVANNA FLETCHER 'Heart-warming, wistful and full of joy' LINDSEY KELK ‘Poignant and lovely, warm and wise’ MILLY JOHNSON 'Family secrets, new horizons and a gorgeous continent-crossing romance . . . prepare to be swept away!' LUCY DIAMOND ‘Warm, inspiring, like a holiday mood in book form’  MHAIRI MCFARLANE 'For smart, romantic fiction, look no further than the new book from bestselling Paige Toon'  RED  'Achingly romantic and brilliantly written . . . Five Stars!'  HEAT 'Simply gorgeous' SUN 'You won't be able to put down this emotional read'  CLOSER 'Paige Toon is the queen of will-they/won't-they romance, setting up an ending that will leave you in bits'  SUNDAY EXPRESS 'Full of living-in-the-moment and what-might-have-been contrasts, this tender read pulls at the heart strings'  FABULOUS

30 review for The Minute I Saw You

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

    *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr The Minute I Saw You by Paige Toon. (2020). When Hannah meets Sonny, she's irresistibly drawn to him. The best thing is he's only in town on holiday which works for Hannah as neither of them do long-term relationships. But as time goes on and their chemistry shows no sign of cooling, they start to question their reasons for shutting each other out. Are they both too broken to find love? And if they tear down the walls between them, will *www.onewomansbbr.wordpress.com *www.facebook.com/onewomansbbr The Minute I Saw You by Paige Toon. (2020). When Hannah meets Sonny, she's irresistibly drawn to him. The best thing is he's only in town on holiday which works for Hannah as neither of them do long-term relationships. But as time goes on and their chemistry shows no sign of cooling, they start to question their reasons for shutting each other out. Are they both too broken to find love? And if they tear down the walls between them, will they still like what's on the other side? This one went a whole lot deeper than I was expecting to be honest. I thought it would be along the lines of a romance with a bit of drama. But Sonny and Hannah's respective backgrounds are actually quite dark and traumatic when they are revealed, Sonny's in particular could be triggering to some readers. I know the synopsis refers to them being "broken" which is a very accurate description; sometimes it felt too unbelievable that these traumatised people managed to find each other AND somehow be exactly what the other person needed to move forward from their trauma. I definitely enjoyed this one, it just really wasn't what I was expecting. It also moved fairly slow in my opinion. I did really like both Sonny and Hannah and was hoping it would work out for them, and I loved their friends Matilda and Archie. Overall: a thought-provoking and interesting contemporary love story exploring some serious issues.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Fabulous Book Fiend

    Well this was certainly the sexiest Paige Toon novel yet, these characters are all charged and there are lingering looks left right and centre. This book is also chock full of secrets which also makes it incredibly hard to review without giving spoilers but don't worry I'm not giving anything away and neither is this author. Every turn is unexpected and I really didn't see some of the reveals along the way coming at all. I bonded with Hannah right away, she seems like such an easy going type of Well this was certainly the sexiest Paige Toon novel yet, these characters are all charged and there are lingering looks left right and centre. This book is also chock full of secrets which also makes it incredibly hard to review without giving spoilers but don't worry I'm not giving anything away and neither is this author. Every turn is unexpected and I really didn't see some of the reveals along the way coming at all. I bonded with Hannah right away, she seems like such an easy going type of person and someone that it would be easy to chat to and get along with and so I was invested in her right from the start. She has had a tough start in life and her secret heartbreak is always there with her affecting her everyday thoughts and actions. Sonny also wears his heartbreak right out there. He is a complex fellow and I have to admit I was somewhat wary of him to begin with but he is a total cinnamon roll of a man, he has a bit of a tough exterior but is soft and lovely in the muddle. He has a whole host of skeletons in his closet and all of those contribute to his complex past and his own secret heartbreak. This book deals with many many issues that aren't often covered in this genre. A lot of those issues are plot points, reveals or spoilers and so I can't really go into greater detail but I really loved seeing this author tackle some of these topics that might normally seem taboo. One of the messages that comes across in this book is that sex isn't the be all and end all in a relationship, that sex can sometimes be traumatic and there can be love without sex and that is something which I don't think comes up often enough. We also delve into the area of mental health in this novel, something which thankfully is becoming less and less taboo. Reading about it in this matter of fact way is definitely something that contributes to breaking those barriers and I love the way it is explored and written about in the context of Hannah and Sonny's stories. Of course we have some wonderful settings because it wouldn't be a Paige Toon novel without some wonderful travel adventures whether that's a trip in a canoe along the cam or flying further afield to friends and family in exotic locations. I was there alongside these characters; travelling vicariously through them and having the odd glass of prosecco with them as I did. This is a beautiful slow burn of a book that explores love in all its forms. I love the topics that Paige Toon has had her characters meet head on and I loved being back in Cambridge again and the One Perfect Summer vibes that it bought. This is the kind of book we all need in our lives right now and it was a pleasure to read, I hope to see these characters again very soon!

  3. 5 out of 5

    jenny

    'However unstable you may feel at times, you never unsteady me.' Another beautiful, heartbreaking but at the same time heartwarming story by Paige Toon. As always, I connected with the characters right away and I just loved Hannah and Sonny together and how their relationship developed. This was a perfect slow burn romance with just the right amount of tension and the perfect summer setting. I will make sure to visit Cambridge someday when all this craziness is over! Sounds so lovely 'However unstable you may feel at times, you never unsteady me.' Another beautiful, heartbreaking but at the same time heartwarming story by Paige Toon. As always, I connected with the characters right away and I just loved Hannah and Sonny together and how their relationship developed. This was a perfect slow burn romance with just the right amount of tension and the perfect summer setting. I will make sure to visit Cambridge someday when all this craziness is over! Sounds so lovely!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I love Paige Toon's work. I have never been let down by her writing in the past. I have always received a high quality story and not just about romance where boy-meets-girl, no, her books go far deeper and we're provided with a wonderful storyline that just envelopes you in a warm, comforting hug. 'The Minute I Saw You' is going to be another first class read and I will need to stock up on some tissues, I think. I love Hannah and Sonny and I can't wait to meet them again and follow them through I love Paige Toon's work. I have never been let down by her writing in the past. I have always received a high quality story and not just about romance where boy-meets-girl, no, her books go far deeper and we're provided with a wonderful storyline that just envelopes you in a warm, comforting hug. 'The Minute I Saw You' is going to be another first class read and I will need to stock up on some tissues, I think. I love Hannah and Sonny and I can't wait to meet them again and follow them through the ups and downs of their journey, wherever they may end up. I really enjoyed the first three chapters and already my emotions were beginning to stir! I cannot wait for the full story!!! Thank you very much Simon & Schuster UK, for this wonderful, three-chapter 'teaser!'

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    The Minute I Saw You was such an amazing book and along with The Last Piece of My Heart it is now definitely my favorite Paige Toon novel. Hannah and Sonny are some of the best characters she’s created so far and I grew fond of both of them right away. I loved the story and it’s been a very long time since a book has made me as emotional as this one. I definitely had to fight back tears several times and I can’t wait to see what Paige Toon will come up with next. instagram || my blog || twitter The Minute I Saw You was such an amazing book and along with The Last Piece of My Heart it is now definitely my favorite Paige Toon novel. Hannah and Sonny are some of the best characters she’s created so far and I grew fond of both of them right away. I loved the story and it’s been a very long time since a book has made me as emotional as this one. I definitely had to fight back tears several times and I can’t wait to see what Paige Toon will come up with next. instagram || my blog || twitter

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com 3.5 stars ‘If I thought I was going to stop thinking about him, I was wrong.’ The Minute I Saw You is the latest release from bestselling author Paige Toon. Love, trauma, emotional wellbeing, personal baggage, friendships, chance and courage defines this moving contemporary romance novel. A perfect winter warmer, Paige Toon’s latest uplit title will embrace all readers, far and wide. The Minute I Saw You takes the reader directly into the lives of Hannah and So *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com 3.5 stars ‘If I thought I was going to stop thinking about him, I was wrong.’ The Minute I Saw You is the latest release from bestselling author Paige Toon. Love, trauma, emotional wellbeing, personal baggage, friendships, chance and courage defines this moving contemporary romance novel. A perfect winter warmer, Paige Toon’s latest uplit title will embrace all readers, far and wide. The Minute I Saw You takes the reader directly into the lives of Hannah and Sonny. When these two lost souls meet, the connection is immediate and strong. What was meant to be a no strings attached style romance, turns into something much more poignant. Despite both parties resisting any form of a relationship due to a whole host of personal baggage, life works in mysterious ways and it transforms this potential couple’s outlook on love. When Sonny is faced with some devastating news, he makes some adjustments to his life. This change results in a different kind of connection between Sonny and Hannah. They discover the true value of friendship and support. Despite the obvious level of attraction that simmers between them, they learn to connect on a different level. Along the way, this couple confront their personal demons, difficult pasts and they learn to trust again. But are they ready to let love into their lives? I think The Minute I Saw You is a really great title for a contemporary fiction and romance novel. Paige Toon’s new release alludes to an instant, fall in love at first sight style romance. The novel and synopsis does head this way in some respects, but it encompasses much more. The Minute I Saw You was consuming and heartfelt. With emotional highs and lows, this one will be sure to strike a strong chord with a wide audience range. Toon’s leads are interesting, well presented and haunted by their pasts, as well as present day hang ups. Toon paired this couple up very well, they complimented each other but there was also a sufficient amount of tension between Sonny and Hannah which helped to move the novel along. I liked the initial attraction between these two, the complications, personal baggage, trust issues, the obvious chemistry, tension levels and eventual pathway to happiness. Supporting Hannah and Sonny are great cast of secondary characters who lift this novel to greater heights. I really loved the canine companion included in the story, it was a heartwarming touch. Personal relationships, friendships, extended family and support networks remain of the utmost importance in The Minute I Saw You. I appreciated Toon’s focus on these aspects within her novel. From the outset, it is easy to assume that The Minute I Saw You is a standard contemporary romance. However, Toon proves her worth as an author by including some weighty themes within her new book. From mental health, insecurity, depression, anxiety, loss, grief, trauma, risk, sex and addiction, The Minute I Saw You treads delicate emotional ground. Each of these issues is touched on with insight, personal connection and sensitivity. The experiences of the characters were heartfelt and genuine. The underlying message that love and the strength of personal relationships in overcoming trying times remains clear in Toon’s approach. With majority of the action set in a truly delightful British locale, reminding me of a place I often miss living in Australia, The Minute I Saw You proved to be an engaging read, complete with a satisfying end. I cheered these characters on in their emotionally tough search for personal acceptance, true love, happiness, fulfillment and recovery. The Minute I Saw You is a must read for contemporary fiction and romance readers. *I wish to thank Penguin Books Australia for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Addictive from start to finish. Hannah is a likeable character from the start and Sonny grows on you so much. The topics brought up in this book are quite serious but so delicately written. I love the setting of Cambridge so much loving even more the mention of Joe and Alice (Two personal favourites of mine).

  8. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Smith

    I’ve long maintained that there is a big difference between a romance and a love story. This is a love story. The blurb may read like a romance, but in my opinion, it ticks all the boxes for angst ridden, heart-breaking, all consuming love story. ‘You know I don’t do relationships,’ I say awkwardly, turning away and pulling up a handful of grass. ‘We are in a relationship,’ he snaps, making me jump. He sits up with frustration and plants his palms on the ground behind him. ‘You know that, don’t yo I’ve long maintained that there is a big difference between a romance and a love story. This is a love story. The blurb may read like a romance, but in my opinion, it ticks all the boxes for angst ridden, heart-breaking, all consuming love story. ‘You know I don’t do relationships,’ I say awkwardly, turning away and pulling up a handful of grass. ‘We are in a relationship,’ he snaps, making me jump. He sits up with frustration and plants his palms on the ground behind him. ‘You know that, don’t you? This is the closest thing to a relationship I’ve ever had. The only thing that’s missing is the sex,’ he adds with exasperation. The Minute I Saw You is about two people who, despite their attraction to each other, are determined to not fall in love. This novel is a study in trauma and the way in which unresolved trauma can dig down deep into a person’s soul, affecting everything and steering their choices long after it’s been lived. This was, at times, a truly heartbreaking story and entirely unexpected in terms of where it went for both of the characters. ‘Sometimes, Hannah,’ he says in a deep, dark voice that sends a chill down my spine, ‘I think you and I are so damaged that being together might be the worst thing we could possibly do to each other.’ The supporting cast within this novel are terrific. From friends through to family, this story shows the entire notion of ‘find your tribe’ in action. It also demonstrates just how important trust is when it comes to working through trauma, having people there for you who are able to empathise and support when necessary. Hannah’s aunt June and uncle Charles were such a force within Hannah’s life and yet they were both off-screen characters; June was dead and Charles was away on a cruise for the majority of the novel. This is where Paige Toon really shines in her skill as an author; her characters are so wholly three dimensional that even when they aren’t ‘there’ they are very much present. ‘When I first went to live with my aunt and uncle, it took a lot of coaxing to get me to open up, while Charles could’ve talked the hind legs off a donkey. June was quieter, more willing to embrace the silence. I feel a pain, missing her – she was very comfortable to be around, a soothing, calming soul who always made me feel safe. But it was Charles who challenged me, who encouraged me out of my shell and who helped me to rediscover my voice and the confidence I’d had…’ I really enjoyed the project that Hannah and Sonny bond over, whereby Sonny photographs the eyes of homeless people in macro in order to raise awareness about the need for charitable vision care. This whole issue was presented so well within the novel and really opened up my mind to what it might be like to be living on the streets while not even being able to see properly. I need my glasses for every waking moment and even when I take them off to shower I am frustrated by my poor vision. I hate not being able to see. The privilege of having such an ease of access to good vision care that I take for granted was evident when contrasted, via some impactful examples, to the experiences of the homeless people Sonny met throughout the project. I loved the exhibition that Sonny put together for his awareness campaign, both its intent and what it must have looked like. ‘The photographs have been blown up to giant-size. A central coloured iris is set on a square white background, and tiny words run around the rim of the iris in a circle, telling us about the subject: who they are and what they like people to know about them. Sometimes the subjects recount how they became homeless…’ While there is undoubtedly some very sad moments within this story, a particular gravity to some scenes that leave quite the imprint on you, I found this overall to be an incredibly hopeful story. And as you all know, I am all there for anything with even just a hint of ‘uplit’ about it. I became quite invested in Hannah and Sonny, both as individuals and as a couple. They might have been a risk to each other, in terms of the trauma they each brought to the table, but their love story was beautiful and deeply meaningful. Thanks is extended to Penguin Random House Australia for providing me with a review copy of The Minute I Saw You.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Paige Toon has done it again with another cracking book. This may be classed as chick lit, but her books are never sweet and fluffy and usually cover some hard topics as this book did. Her books always draw me in straight away and I never want them to end!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Moore

    I absolutely love Paige Toon’s books and her ‘voice’ - The Minute I Saw You is no exception. It’s difficult to review on the basis of three fairly short chapters, but the beginning of this story already has warmth, depth and intrigue and I know the whole book will be extraordinary, which is why I’ve just pre-ordered it on Kindle and can’t wait until it’s released on Thursday (14th May). I can’t wait to fall properly in love with Hannah and Sonny (and like all of Paige’s heroes, Sonny is HOT!) *UPD I absolutely love Paige Toon’s books and her ‘voice’ - The Minute I Saw You is no exception. It’s difficult to review on the basis of three fairly short chapters, but the beginning of this story already has warmth, depth and intrigue and I know the whole book will be extraordinary, which is why I’ve just pre-ordered it on Kindle and can’t wait until it’s released on Thursday (14th May). I can’t wait to fall properly in love with Hannah and Sonny (and like all of Paige’s heroes, Sonny is HOT!) *UPDATE* I’ve now read the whole of The Minute I Saw You, and wow - what an amazing book! I felt very emotional when I finished it, and found it difficult to talk. It was such a warm, beautiful, moving and poignant love story. Some very difficult subjects (no spoilers here) were tackled sensitively and deftly, giving us very damaged but likeable characters in Hannah & Sonny, which made me root for them all the more. I loved the way the romance gradually blossomed between them, even without them realising it sometimes, and thought the ending was perfect. I also really enjoyed the Cambridgeshire setting, the secondary characters - particularly Archie and Matilda, plus Natalie and Imogen - and the star guest appearances (again no spoilers here!) I can’t wait to read this again, and am really looking forward to Paige’s next book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Gilbey

    Paige Toon was written another simply stunning story. I was hooked almost immediately and loved the blatant initial chemistry between Hannah and Sonny in their first meeting and was as confused as Hannah when a couple of weeks later he was like a different person. From then they start to see each other about and accept that they can only be friends - especially since Sonny is pledging abstinence for reasons not entirely divulged initially. Equally Hannah is obviously holding something back about Paige Toon was written another simply stunning story. I was hooked almost immediately and loved the blatant initial chemistry between Hannah and Sonny in their first meeting and was as confused as Hannah when a couple of weeks later he was like a different person. From then they start to see each other about and accept that they can only be friends - especially since Sonny is pledging abstinence for reasons not entirely divulged initially. Equally Hannah is obviously holding something back about her life, which is why she has never really wanted to settle anywhere. In fact what Hannah was hiding, was so unexpected, I literally guessed it about 5 pages before the reveal, and even then I didn't fully guess. And Sonny, I'd not have pegged what is in his past either. But it was the finding out about both them that is where the book seems to go up another notch. I loved Hannah's new friendships and her dog Bertie is adorable too. The first canoeing scene is fabulous in that respect, so amusing. I really enjoyed seeing just how close Hannah and Sonny could become while still maintaining there was nothing between them! It is just a heart warming story that I found a joy to read. I found this this, like all of this authors books, to be a quick, easy to engage with book, that I didn't want to put down. Thank you Simon & Schuster and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    I really wanted to like this and it started out so well, but in the end it was just okay - mostly because nothing really happens in it. It would have been better if the focus had stayed on the heroes issues, which I felt were more important. But then the h had to have her own malfunction and she was so annoying and selfish about it. It became more like a competition for 'who is the most f*cked up' and I really felt like the story just spun its wheels. The premise was great. The characters were AM I really wanted to like this and it started out so well, but in the end it was just okay - mostly because nothing really happens in it. It would have been better if the focus had stayed on the heroes issues, which I felt were more important. But then the h had to have her own malfunction and she was so annoying and selfish about it. It became more like a competition for 'who is the most f*cked up' and I really felt like the story just spun its wheels. The premise was great. The characters were AMAZING, very well drawn and real, and the book overall was well written. I didn't mind the slow-burn, or the secondary characters that got almost as much time as the mains, or even that there were kids in it. I just kept waiting for something to happen to make me feel, and nothing really resonated. I will still check out more by this writer, however. Fundamentally, she works for me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Simona

    Finally another Toon book, my first on kindle, but I will definitely get the paperback when it comes out in August. We follow Hannah in this story. She works as an optician and is housesitting for her uncle. She went through a lot in her life and doesn’t do relationships. Then Sonny walk into the shop, she works at and they have instant chemistry. Paige Toon captured that beautifully. When he comes back to pick up his glasses two weeks later he is very different though. Sonny is a photographer Finally another Toon book, my first on kindle, but I will definitely get the paperback when it comes out in August. We follow Hannah in this story. She works as an optician and is housesitting for her uncle. She went through a lot in her life and doesn’t do relationships. Then Sonny walk into the shop, she works at and they have instant chemistry. Paige Toon captured that beautifully. When he comes back to pick up his glasses two weeks later he is very different though. Sonny is a photographer, but he is not enjoying fashion photography. His past has been full of difficult situations and now he has sworn of sex for a while. They meet again through Hannah’s new friend Matilda. A friendship starts to build up between them, but their connection is still obvious. I really enjoyed how their relationship developed, because it was different. They start spending more and more time together, sometimes with their friends or canoeing on the river or just hanging out at the pub. This book covers a lot of very important topics like mental health, the homeless and many more. I don’t want to give too much away here. It’s full of emotions and that makes the book really intense in a good way. There are a lot of unexpected moments and ups and downs. Hannah and Sonny are great main characters with a lot of depth and warmth. I also really liked the other characters in this book and it was fab to read about some familiar faces again. Paige Toon’s voice is electric, passionate and fresh. I was hooked immediately and really liked how the storyline developed. The book is also very sexy and exciting. It’s another stunning and amazing book by Paige Toon. It’s a roller coaster of emotions and I also enjoyed being back in Cambridge. I absolutely adored the setting. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!! Perfect for summer!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carly Wilson

    Paige Toon is a relatively new author to me, and my best friend and I took it upon ourselves to read ‘The Minute I Saw You’ as a read along. This story is beautiful in so many ways, it’s a heartfelt romance with lots of sweet compelling moments which really tugged upon my heartstrings. It also is about two people struggling to come to terms with very significant moments in their lives, one loss and another overcoming from abuse. It made for a very powerful read, and I loved Sonny and Hannah toge Paige Toon is a relatively new author to me, and my best friend and I took it upon ourselves to read ‘The Minute I Saw You’ as a read along. This story is beautiful in so many ways, it’s a heartfelt romance with lots of sweet compelling moments which really tugged upon my heartstrings. It also is about two people struggling to come to terms with very significant moments in their lives, one loss and another overcoming from abuse. It made for a very powerful read, and I loved Sonny and Hannah together. To me two broken halves definitely healed each other to make them whole again. Hannah and Sonny both don’t do relationships, they prefer no strings attached, as gifting people more than a night forces them to be vulnerable and share a part of themselves they aren’t ready and don’t want to give. But when they both encounter each other, it is instant attraction, flirtation and flaming chemistry, but their lust develops into a slow burning love. This book struck a personal nerve, and made Hannah’s character completely relatable. It hurt my heart but also allowed me to close the book feeling 100 percent satisfied with the ending and the conclusion of all the characters stories. I absolutely adored Matilda and Archie, their romance was as equally as adorable as Hannah and Sonny’s, and I found myself wanting to be a part of their friendship group. A modern, heartwarming romance which is perfect for those who enjoy sweet slow burn romances. The ending was so worth it!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    I have never read a Paige Toon book before, but I read the blurb of this one and I loved it and am really glad I read this book, I did find it a bit slow at the beginning but that was all about getting to know Sonny and Hannah, there was such a blast of connection when they first meet that maybe a relationship might happen, it is sure to go smoothly, but love very rarely does and this journey was filled with heart wrenching situations and events that have happened to both Hannah and Sonny in the I have never read a Paige Toon book before, but I read the blurb of this one and I loved it and am really glad I read this book, I did find it a bit slow at the beginning but that was all about getting to know Sonny and Hannah, there was such a blast of connection when they first meet that maybe a relationship might happen, it is sure to go smoothly, but love very rarely does and this journey was filled with heart wrenching situations and events that have happened to both Hannah and Sonny in the past and for a future they need to overcome these. Hannah is living in Cambridge house sitting her uncle’s place and babysitting his dog Bertie, she has travelled a lot and has also had had a very hard childhood that she keeps to herself. She works for an optometrist in the village and is friendly but leans towards being a loner, she is totally felled when a patient comes in to have his eyes checked and the spark is so very strong, she is hoping that on his next visit they might get to know each other a little more but that is not so but Hannah is drawn towards Sonny and the need to get closer to him and when they meet again she does what she can to get to know him. Sonny is a photographer and is at home with his parents in Cambridge at the moment and he is very drawn to the woman who starts his eye test but a couple of weeks later his world has fallen apart and getting close to someone is not in his plans at all, he is making big changes in his life and wooing woman and romance is not at all part of his plan, but Hannah weaves her way into his life and they are fast becoming true friends but he suspects like him she is keeping part of herself hidden and as the summer moves on they are feeling the heat between them. This is a well told story, MS Toon writes about issues that are relevant with respect and in such a caring way, the story is about hurt and heartbreak and what they can do to a person, it is a story of friendship and helping each other and falling in love. Sonny and Hannah both have things locked deep inside and once they start to open up to each other the weight is lifting, they have friends in common Matilda and Archie who are so lovely and add so much to this story, it really is a fabulous story that was hard to put down in the end, I am so very glad I read it and can highly recommend it and I look forward to many more Paige Toon Books.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Beth (tea.andtales)

    I truly loved this book. Every time I turned a page I found another reason to give each character a hug. The romance between Sonny and Hannah was beautiful and I throughly enjoyed watching them grow as people. I think that Toon challenged the perception of the “English stiff upper lip” perfectly and proved that a problem shared is a problem halved. I can’t even begin to imagine the trauma both characters went through; but I’m glad they found each other to confide in. I’m also chuffed they had Ma I truly loved this book. Every time I turned a page I found another reason to give each character a hug. The romance between Sonny and Hannah was beautiful and I throughly enjoyed watching them grow as people. I think that Toon challenged the perception of the “English stiff upper lip” perfectly and proved that a problem shared is a problem halved. I can’t even begin to imagine the trauma both characters went through; but I’m glad they found each other to confide in. I’m also chuffed they had Matilda and Archie as besties.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)

    Worldwide bestselling author Paige Toon, has more than a dozen published novels behind her but unfortunately I hadn’t yet read one, so I was keen to read one of her books after hearing such good things about her stories. “The Minute I saw You” is her latest novel and aptly named for its unique optometry theme. I’m so pleased I read this book, as although it’s no denying a romance, the powerful emotional themes running through it, makes this story so much more. I’ve never read a book which focuse Worldwide bestselling author Paige Toon, has more than a dozen published novels behind her but unfortunately I hadn’t yet read one, so I was keen to read one of her books after hearing such good things about her stories. “The Minute I saw You” is her latest novel and aptly named for its unique optometry theme. I’m so pleased I read this book, as although it’s no denying a romance, the powerful emotional themes running through it, makes this story so much more. I’ve never read a book which focuses on one of the issues covered and I was without doubt, caught out by the revelation of it. It broke my heart to read in places and I really can’t imagine how Hannah and her parents felt during the years gone by. “Some people believe that it’s possible to fall in love simply by gazing into another person’s eyes but Hannah, who spends her working life staring into the eyes of strangers, has never felt anything out of the ordinary for any of her clients. Then she meets Sonny and a spark ignites between. Weeks later when they cross paths again, Sonny’s whole demeanour has changed. Gone is the sexy, laidback, confident man that Hannah knew but now he’s someone who can barely make eye contact at all. He’s committed to making serious life changes and these changes can’t and won’t include romance. Hannah has her own reasons for wanting to keep their friendship platonic but as the chemistry between them can no longer be denied, they soon discover that there’s more to each other than meets the eye...” I really liked Hannah and endeared to her immediately. Sonny not as much but as a rare reader of romance, even I have to say the chemistry between them was electrifying and very sensuous and flirtatious to read. The author seems to be renowned for her emotional, heartwarming and poignant romantic fiction and “The Minute I Saw You” is no exception. It was a pleasure to read a romance that was clean and didn’t involve adult scenes and I especially liked, that the story covered a budding relationship without the physical side. I will certainly be reading more Paige Toon novels, I was pleasantly surprised at the exceptional issues covered and her characters are real life people you really enjoy following throughout the story. 4 stars for an inspiring and heartwarming romantic read.  

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Webley

    Breathtakingly heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Paige Toon just melts my heart every single time. I absolutely adored this latest release from Paige. 'The Minute I Saw You,' had me from the very first word, I couldn't put it down - not that I even wanted to! I enjoyed the bubbling chemistry between Hannah and Sonny, from the moment they met it was clear there was something special between them and that made their second meeting all the more surprising as something had fundamentall Breathtakingly heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Paige Toon just melts my heart every single time. I absolutely adored this latest release from Paige. 'The Minute I Saw You,' had me from the very first word, I couldn't put it down - not that I even wanted to! I enjoyed the bubbling chemistry between Hannah and Sonny, from the moment they met it was clear there was something special between them and that made their second meeting all the more surprising as something had fundamentally changed. Both characters have led lives that would set them apart from others, both are hurt, living with scars from traumas that are very different. Hannah and Sonny are struggling with their own secrets but feel so drawn to one another. The blossoming friendship is a joy to behold. I enjoyed watching Hannah and Sonny get close, seeing their friendship grow and evolve throughout (without them realising how close they were actually getting). I loved the rest of the additional characters – Bertie for one will having you laughing but Matilda and Archie will prove extra special too. I don't want to talk about the story too much, it is so special that I want you to discover Hannah and Sonny's history for yourself. I will say my heart broke a little, the secrets and surprised were not what I expected. I think we all try to guess what may happen, or what the dramatic twist may be and I hadn't predicted this at all, well not completely. I love that Paige doesn't shy away from things, takes something so unique and creates a beautiful story that is empathetic yet enjoyable. She writes with such delicate care and consideration. The Minute I Saw You is a very poignant love story. It was funny, romantic, frustrating but essentially very moving. Every aspect is written sensitively and ensured I loved both Hannah and Sonny equally. I cannot recommend it enough. Paige Toon never fails to deliver an absolute beauty of a book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Goulding

    This book really took me by surprise, bringing up topics I wouldn’t expect at all. It was a lovely slow paced story, which kept me interested and turning the page! A great, enjoyable read 💞

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gina Weigel

    Normally I ADORE paige toon but I kinda didn't like the latest books of her that much. I'll still read the next book she's going to bring out since I always was a huge fan of her and her stories. Normally I ADORE paige toon but I kinda didn't like the latest books of her that much. I'll still read the next book she's going to bring out since I always was a huge fan of her and her stories.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Natasha B

    4.5 stars! I listened to an ARC of this book. The narrator does a great job but I don’t think there’s any advantage over reading it, it’s just down to personal preference. When I started this, I thought it was going to be a nice, easy, chic lit kind of read. And yeah, it is those things but a whole lot more! ... There’s more depth to the characters. Past traumas and events are discussed and explored and not only by the two main characters, HannaH and Sonny. I enjoyed the dynamic of the friendship 4.5 stars! I listened to an ARC of this book. The narrator does a great job but I don’t think there’s any advantage over reading it, it’s just down to personal preference. When I started this, I thought it was going to be a nice, easy, chic lit kind of read. And yeah, it is those things but a whole lot more! ... There’s more depth to the characters. Past traumas and events are discussed and explored and not only by the two main characters, HannaH and Sonny. I enjoyed the dynamic of the friendships, the one character’s children and bonus points for the inclusion of a dog (wins me over every time!). Oh and I loved the village setting. But most of all, I appreciated our two protagonists, how they bravely bared the good, the bad and the ugly and focused on working on themselves before jumping into something else. One of my biggest annoyances in a book, actually two of my bug bears, is when characters don’t communicate and when one being with the other magically cures all of their issues! Grr. But that was not a problem here, Paige Toon wrote honest and realistic characters who are forcing themselves to share and communicate more effectively. If you can’t tell, I enjoyed it 😉 I received a copy of this audiobook from Netgalley and the publishers in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lea

    One of her sexiest and flirtiest novels, but it’s also - as usually when it comes to Paige Toon- quite emotionally draining! I loved the protagonists and their growing relationship, the setting and even the minor characters were extremely fun. My only issue was, and that’s just my personal taste, that the revelation about Hannah’s past was a bit... too thought out, too unnatural? But that’s just me, other than that I really loved the novel and would recommend it to anyone who needs a little timeo One of her sexiest and flirtiest novels, but it’s also - as usually when it comes to Paige Toon- quite emotionally draining! I loved the protagonists and their growing relationship, the setting and even the minor characters were extremely fun. My only issue was, and that’s just my personal taste, that the revelation about Hannah’s past was a bit... too thought out, too unnatural? But that’s just me, other than that I really loved the novel and would recommend it to anyone who needs a little timeout right now!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Jones

    Paige Toon is one of my favourite authors...ever! I've loved all the books I've read by her, The Minute I Saw You is no different. ⁣⁣ From the moment i started reading I was hooked, the chemistry between Hannah and Sonny oozes through the pages and makes the book difficult to put down.⁣ The Minute I Saw You is a fantastic heartwarming love story. Paige Toon is one of my favourite authors...ever! I've loved all the books I've read by her, The Minute I Saw You is no different. ⁣⁣ From the moment i started reading I was hooked, the chemistry between Hannah and Sonny oozes through the pages and makes the book difficult to put down.⁣ The Minute I Saw You is a fantastic heartwarming love story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aly Warren

    If you didn't cry when reading this, your lying 🤣. What a beautiful story of love and trust. Can't recommend enough! Now a Paige Toon fan, after reading this. If you didn't cry when reading this, your lying 🤣. What a beautiful story of love and trust. Can't recommend enough! Now a Paige Toon fan, after reading this.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Haley Glover

    An enjoyable read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Knight

    Loved this book!! Warming with a couple of twists. Really connected with the characters. Will be reading more of Paige Toon for sure!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Paige Toon back at her best.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lucy C

    So glad to finally read the full after the sampler back in April. You know what your getting with Paige, you just know it's going to be good. Loved this one So glad to finally read the full after the sampler back in April. You know what your getting with Paige, you just know it's going to be good. Loved this one

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Don't be fooled by the cover or the blurb! Same thing happened to me last time I picked up a Paige book - they look chic litty, and the blurb on the back a little shallow....so it is a wonderful, pleasant surprise when the book is much much more than that. This book has wonderful characters and the storyline is heartbreaking yet so heartwarming at the same time. Hannah and Sonny's story grabs you from the beginning with some wonderful 'skip a heartbeat' moments. Highly recommend - 5 gorgeous sta Don't be fooled by the cover or the blurb! Same thing happened to me last time I picked up a Paige book - they look chic litty, and the blurb on the back a little shallow....so it is a wonderful, pleasant surprise when the book is much much more than that. This book has wonderful characters and the storyline is heartbreaking yet so heartwarming at the same time. Hannah and Sonny's story grabs you from the beginning with some wonderful 'skip a heartbeat' moments. Highly recommend - 5 gorgeous stars from me!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shriya

    The Minute I Saw you is my second book by Paige Toon. The authors writing style has not changed which is rather disappointing to me since I didn't enjoy this book. I was put off by the language used even though women do talk like that. Thank you to Netgalley and publisher for providing this sampler in exchange for an honest review. The Minute I Saw you is my second book by Paige Toon. The authors writing style has not changed which is rather disappointing to me since I didn't enjoy this book. I was put off by the language used even though women do talk like that. Thank you to Netgalley and publisher for providing this sampler in exchange for an honest review.

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