It’s Now or Never by Jill Steeples

I really loved this story about Jen and Alex who meet at a friend’s wedding, then keep bumping into each other throughout the next year. Jen feels life is passing her by. She’s been dumped by her boyfriend, her best friend is rather unexpectedly getting married and she is still in the same job she has been doing since she left school. Her mother died a few years ago putting her plans to go to University on hold. Jen re-reads a letter her mother wrote to her when she knew she was dying and in it she urges her daughter to grab all the opportunities life gives her. Inspired by this, Jen resigns from her job determined to make this year different.

Alex could be just the man to make this year different. He is totally gorgeous and they hit it off at their mutual friends’ wedding. Sneaking off to a pub, Alex claims to be able to tell the future and writes a letter which Jen isn’t allowed to open for a year. Like Jen, I was desperate to know what was in this letter but Alex has left it behind the bar with strict instructions that’s she not to get it!

I really like the way the relationship between Jen and Alex unfolded throughout the novel. Jen has been warned by her friend that Alex is a bit of a ladies man and though she is really attracted to him, she doesn’t want her heart broken so resists involvement. Alex is very keen to see Jen again and they do keep meeting each other in unexpected places. It was a bit infuriating that Jen just didn’t seem to want to give Alex a chance as he seemed such a lovely, caring guy. I wanted to give her a shake and tell her to live a little!

I also really liked the relationship between Jen and her grandfather. They have always been there for each other following the death of Jen’s mum and grandmother. They have such an easy-going relationship. This is threatened by the arrival of another lady in her grandfather’s life which puts Jen’s nose out of joint a bit. A health scare soon makes her realise what is important though – family and happiness.

As it got near the end of this book and the year was up, I was racing through the pages to see exactly what Alex had written in the letter. Had he really predicted the future? What kind of things had he written and had they come true? Well of course, you’ll need to read the book yourself to find out but suffice to say, I had a big smile on my face by the end! Funny, feel-good and charming – a really lovely story.


My thanks to publishers Carina for providing a review copy via NetGalley. It’s Now or Never was published as an ebook on 29th June 2015 and you can buy a copy here: It’s Now or Never

What the book is about:

‘For Jen Faraday – Not to be opened, in any circumstances, until April 2016’ When smooth-talking Alex Fellows tells Jen Faraday he can predict her future – and leaves a note with the bartender for her to collect in one year’s time – she thinks it’s just a line. After all, how can a man she’s known for only one night see what her future holds? Or maybe it’s not too hard. Recently her life has been a series of things she hasn’t done. She didn’t go to college – family trouble. She didn’t get married – dumped. And she hasn’t yet handed in her notice at work – too scared! If she had to predict her own future, would it be ‘More of the same’? Or maybe not. After all, she’s just had a passionate one-night stand with a man who is rich and ridiculously good looking and totally not her type. That was unexpected. And she is going to resign from her job… Things are already changing. Whatever that prediction says – and how Jen wishes she knew – perhaps this year is the year she takes control of her destiny!

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