Guys like Joel Wentworth weren't supposed to fall in love with girls like me. He could have had his pick of the girls on campus, but somehow the laws of nature were defied and we fell crazy in love.
For a short time, I thought it would be for infinity.
On July 10, 2006, immediately after graduation, Joel left for New York. And, despite him wanting me to go with him, I'd refused, unwilling to disappoint my parents and risk the judgment of my friends. I hadn’t seen him again. Never even spoke to him.
I've spent the last eight years working hard to put my career front and center in my life, dodging any personal complications. I have a strict no-dating policy. I've managed to piece together a reality that works for me.
Now, Joel's coming back to London.
And I need to get over him before he gets over here.
Ava Elliot knows that she’s not the kind of girl that guys spend Saturday nights with. She’s the girl that they study with during the week. So when her secret crush, Joel Wentworth turns up day after day to share a library table, she tries to remain unfazed by presence. But when he starts to openly flirt with her, she can’t decide if she’s dreaming or just misreading his signals.
But Joel is persistent and he is out to prove to Ava that he wants to be so much more than just her study partner. Together, they discover a first love that changes their lives forever. But outside pressure and graduation are rapidly approaching and Ava knows that she can’t be the one to keep Joel from his dreams. Her destiny lies in England while his lies – somewhere else.
For years, she has been able to avoid him by throwing herself into her career. She never dates and never really socializes outside their tight circle of friends. But now Joel is back in London and all of the walls that she has so carefully built over the years threaten to crumble to her feet. Did Joel move on to love another or does Ava have a reason to be hopeful?
“Now Joel was coming back. No doubt he hadn’t lost any of his charm or good looks. I had spent the last eight years working hard to put my career front and center in my life, dodging any personal complications. I could control my career—the harder I worked, the more success I had. It balanced out the fact that I didn’t have anyone special in my life. Of course, I’d tried; in the beginning, I’d been on a few dates. But my heart wasn’t in it. I wanted Joel; I was in love with Joel, and no one else quite measured up.”
Hopeful was a brilliantly angsty read! Told by using flashes of the past and present, Louise skillfully combines humour and heartbreak with copious amounts anticipation to make this book one of the great finds of 2014. I loved every word, every feeling and every tear. Louise Bay has a brand new fan...
About The Author -
I write sexy, romantic, contemporary novels - the kind I like to read!
Ruined by romantic mini-series of the seventies and eighties, I love all things romantic. There's not enough of it in real life so I'll settle for books and films.
I love the rain, the West Wing, London, days when you don't have to wear make-up, being alone, being with friends, elephants and champagne.
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