The Sight of You by @ByHollyMiller #review

The Sight of You by Holly Miller book cover

Title: The Sight of You
Author: Holly Miller
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton


Joel is afraid of the future.
Since he was a child he’s been haunted by dreams about the people he loves. Visions of what’s going to happen – the good and the bad. And the only way to prevent them is to never let anyone close to him again.

Callie can’t let go of the past.
Since her best friend died, Callie’s been lost. She knows she needs to be more spontaneous and live a bigger life. She just doesn’t know how to find a way back to the person who used to have those dreams.

Joel and Callie both need a reason to start living for today.
And though they’re not looking for each other, from the moment they meet it feels like the start of something life-changing.

Until Joel has a vision of how it’s going to end…

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[My Review]

The Sight of You seemed like a light, easy read at first. I soon realised it’s a book laced through with emotion and anguish, but is very readable.

The protagonists – Joel and Callie – are incredibly likable, and I enjoyed following how they met and the difficult decisions they had to make afterwards. The book alternates between Joel and Callie throughout and I loved being in both of their heads equally. The Sight of You is definitely a book that makes you think about what you’d do in their situation, and this is partly why it’s such an emotional read. Of course there’s parts which require some suspension of disbelief, but that’s to be expected given one crucial element of the storyline.

One of the things I like most about this book is the way Holly Miller has portrayed their relationship. It’s not too cheesy or over-dramatic; though there are some sentences that use incredibly flowery language to describe their thoughts and feelings, particularly from Callie, it doesn’t rely on cringiness or cliches to keep the reader’s interest. Rather, there’s some suspense (because we sort of know what happens at the end but we don’t know a lot of other detail) and also some surprises along the way, where we’ve been lulled into a false sense of security and we find out that what we thought was about one character isn’t…

I don’t want to give too much away in this review, but I will say that I didn’t think I would cry until the end when I bawled like a baby! So prepare yourselves!

Beautifully written and full of heart, The Sight of You is ideal for anyone wanting a poigant and sweet read, and if you want something romantic but, like me, you’re not really a fan of the usual type of ‘romance’ novel – this is the book for you!

[Rating: 5/5]

Many thanks to the publisher, Hodder & Stoughton, for providing a copy of this book on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.


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