Title: Miss You
Author: Kate Eberlen
First published August 11, 2016
448 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 9781443449984 (ISBN10: 1443449989)
In the romantic tradition of One Day, Miss You tells the story of two strangers who cross paths as teens in a chance encounter in Florence. Tess and Gus then spend the next sixteen years of their lives living separate and unfulfilled existences, until they are brought back together.
Tess, a recent university graduate, is struggling to find her way while Gus is headed to medical school, weighed down by the tragedy that shattered his family. Their lives take them in unexpected directions, but fate has a way of bringing people back together.
With distance and time keeping them apart, Tess and Gus must navigate their own challenges before their paths finally converge once again in the city where it all began.
About the Author
Kate Eberlen spent her formative years in a quaint town just outside London. Growing up, she spent most of her time lost in the pages of books, dreaming of a life beyond her small community.
After completing her degree in Classics at Oxford University, Kate worked in both publishing and teaching. These days, she resides on the stunning south coast of England, but her heart lies in Italy, a country she adores and visits as often as possible.
Kate is happily married and has a wonderful son.
“Miss You” by Kate Eberlen is a beautiful novel that tells the story of two young people whose paths cross in fleeting moments throughout their lives but never quite come together. First published on August 11, 2016, this novel explores the themes of love, luck, and fate, delivering a heartwarming and emotional narrative that is sure to resonate with readers.
Kate Eberlen is an English author who wrote “Miss You” as a way to explore the idea of missed connections and how they can ultimately shape our lives. The novel is a work of contemporary fiction, and it is written in a beautiful and engaging style that makes it difficult to put down.
The story follows two characters, Tess and Gus, who meet as teenagers in Florence in the summer of 1997. Although they only spend a few minutes together, their meeting leaves a lasting impression on both of them.
Over the course of the next sixteen years, Tess and Gus navigate their way through life, each dealing with their own challenges and heartbreaks. They cross paths several times throughout their lives, but never manage to connect in any meaningful way.
One of the main strengths of “Miss You” is the character development. The author does an excellent job of creating multi-dimensional characters that feel authentic and relatable.
Tess is a young woman struggling to come to terms with the loss of her mother, and Gus is a young man grappling with the expectations of his family. Their struggles and triumphs are depicted in a way that is both realistic and poignant.
The pacing of the novel is also excellent, with the author expertly weaving together the different threads of the story to create a compelling narrative. The plot structure is seamless, with each chapter building upon the last to create a satisfying conclusion.
Perhaps the most significant strength of “Miss You” is the way that it explores the idea of missed connections and the various paths our lives can take. The novel is a profound meditation on the power of fate and the idea that sometimes, things just aren’t meant to be.
It is a story of hope and resilience, but also a reminder that life can be unpredictable and full of surprises. As with any novel, there are a few weaknesses to be found in “Miss You.” The pacing of the novel can be slow at times, and some readers may find themselves becoming impatient with the story.
Additionally, some of the secondary characters feel underdeveloped and could benefit from greater attention. Overall, however, “Miss You” is a beautifully written novel that is sure to resonate with readers.
It is a poignant and moving meditation on the power of fate and the importance of connections, both missed and made. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves contemporary fiction, particularly those who enjoy stories about love, loss, and the human experience.