Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Kindle 12 Feb. 2015
Paperback 7 May 2015
If you loved One Day and The Rosie Project, you will fall head-over-heels for The Two of Us.
Falling in love is the easy part. What matters most is what happens next…
Fisher and Ivy have been an item for a whole nineteen days. And they just know they are meant to be together. The fact that they know little else about each other is a minor detail. Over the course of twelve months, in which their lives will change forever, Fisher and Ivy discover that falling in love is one thing, but staying there is an entirely different story.
The Two of Us is a charming, honest and heart-breaking novel about life, love, and the importance of taking neither one for granted.
Three weeks into their relationship, William and Ivy go away for a week. After a visit to William’s home, Ivy then becomes distant. William is waiting for the end … but there is a totally different reason why 41 year old Ivy has pulled back and they find themselves making decisions on where they’re going to live and although a future isn’t discussed, it’s there in their lives.
We get to meet not only their families (Ivy’s brother Frank turns up with a suitcase and although William tries to control his resentment, it’s not easy) and William’s work colleagues but also William’s best friend El and his partner Phil. El has Huntington’s Disease and there are some poignant scenes in relation to his illness and his life. El’s humour does soften the edges but they’re still heart-wrenching.
The Two of Us is refreshingly written with a male first person narrative. In the beginning, the excitement and fizzing when you first fall in love is captured perfectly. I loved the honesty (and humour) of William from the start. We see his vulnerability, not just those insecurities in a new relationship, but throughout the story. I felt that through William second guessing Ivy and her choices, I got to know her as well.
It’s such an honest look at relationships and intimacy in all its rawness. Sometimes the timing is not right, sometimes William makes a total ass of himself and I did wonder at times whether their relationship would make it through. When the crisis happens (I wasn’t expecting it, they had enough to come to terms with already) it is devastating, not only to them but it touches everyone around them. I felt their pain. How do you come back from something like that? The utter desolation and emptiness being expressed by William and Ivy in different ways made me think they would never be able to repair their feelings. I loved William’s dad just holding Ivy and Craig’s comment at Phil’s 45th birthday barbecue helped to start the journey of healing. I so want the future to be great for these two characters!
Recommended you add to your reading lists.
(I didn’t realise that there was a previous novel from Andy Jones featuring Willliam Fisher (Girl 99 was published independently). It’s not available to purchase but Amazon shows it has 130 reviews with 71 of them 5* and 43 are 4*. I’m wondering if S&S have plans to publish it…)
I would like to thank the publishers for providing an uncorrected advanced proof in exchange for an honest review.