YVO’S SHORTIES #177 – The Day We Meet Again & The 24-Hour Café

Time for another round of Yvo’s Shorties! This time a double dose of contemporaries  with two books that have been recommended to me more than once: The Day We Meet Again by Miranda Dickinson and The 24-Hour Café by Libby Page. Both turned out to be excellent reads too!


Title: The Day We Meet Again
Author: Miranda Dickinson

Genre: Contemporary, Romance
First published: September 5th 2019
Publisher: HQ
Finished reading: August 23rd 2020 
Pages: 384

“Maybe in the end we are all just stories waiting to be shared.”


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I know that contemporary romance isn’t my typical genre, but after I read Meggy’s review earlier this year I simply had no other option but to add it to my wishlist straight away. And guess what? It turned out to be yet another fantastic recommendation! I absolutely adored my time with Sam and Phoebe and I probably would have finished The Day We Meet Again in one sitting if it wouldn’t have been for all the redecorating going on just as I was starting this gem. Oh yes, I’m definitely adding Miranda Dickinson to my list of authors who can actually make me fall in love with the contemporary romance genre!

The Day We Meet Again uses a dual POV to tell the story, alternating between the two main characters Sam and Phoebe. I was able to connect to both characters very easily and I loved reading about both their adventures during their year apart. Their chapters are part love story, part self-discovery, part travel diary and part that je ne sais quoi vibe that really gives the story that spark. As someone who loves to travel, the travel elements were a huge bonus and the author did a brilliant job describing the different settings. Both characters are well developed and I liked most of the rest of the cast as well. The plot itself might be partly predictable, but I personally didn’t mind as I was too busy enjoying my time with Sam and Phoebe. The Day We Meet Again is a book that will both bring a smile to your face and might make you shed a tear or two… It’s a brilliant story full of love, self-discovery and wonderful characters you cannot help but fall for. Highly recommended!


Title: The 24-Hour Café
Author: Libby Page

Genre: Contemporary, Romance
First published: January 23rd 2020
Publisher: Orion
Finished reading: September 3rd 2020
Pages: 416

“Happiness has a miraculous way of rubbing out the unsavoury parts.”


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I’ve had The 24-Hour Café recommended to me more than once since it was published, and I’ve been looking forward to meet up with main characters Hannah and Mona ever since I read the blurb and reviews. I have to say that I really enjoyed my time with this story! Especially the way it is centered around the Stella’s Café and its customers as well as the two main characters… Because The 24-Hour Café not only gives us the POVs of the two main characters Hannah and Mona, but also multiple POVs focusing on the customers in the cafe at the time as well as more than one colleague. This really gives the story a multidimentional feel and it’s almost as if you are people watching the customers along with the two waitresses. The plot structure itself was interesting as well: a story divided by hour as the time passes by in the cafe, sometimes switching between POVS within that hour and at times even including flashbacks as Hannah and Mona remember things from the past. While I do have to say that the flashbacks sometimes slowed down the pace a bit, overall they were really helpful to understand both their past and what is happening in the present. I loved how the focus of the story is on music and their friendship as well as little snippets of other people’s lives… And the Stella’s Café sounds like a place I would love to visit myself too. If you enjoy an interesting friendship-focused contemporary with lots of dept as well as different emotions, The 24-Hour Café is a great pick.


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WWW Wednesdays #282 – August 26th

WWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

I’m currently reading an upcoming blog tour read: The Memories We Bury by H.A. Leuschel. I’ve enjoyed her writing in the past and I’ve been looking forward to this one! I’m also starting a little something different: the dystopian Roads Out Of Winter by Alison Stine for another upcoming September blog tour.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. The Day We Meet Again by Miranda Dickinson (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW 10/09
I know that contemporary romance isn’t my typical genre, but after I read Meggy’s review earlier this year I simply had no other option but to add it to my wishlist straight away. And guess what? It turned out to be yet another fantastic recommendation! I absolutely adored my time with Sam and Phoebe and I probably would have finished The Day We Meet Again in one sitting if it wouldn’t have been for all the redecorating going on just as I was starting this gem. Oh yes, I’m definitely adding Miranda Dickinson to my list of authors who can actually make me fall in love with the contemporary romance genre!

2. When I Was You by Amber Garza (4,5/5 stars) BLOG TOUR REVIEW 31/08
Look out for my thoughts during my stop of the blog tour!!

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I’m reading Deadly Waters by Dot Hutchison next as it’s due next Tuesday. I’ve been looking forward to this one as I love her The Collector series! I’m probably reading Knock Knock by Chris Merritt after that as the ARC of the sequel is due soon… And The Wife by Shalini Boland is due soon too so another title I need to get to ASAP. My newest TBR jar pick Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf will have to wait until at least mid September as I really don’t have time for it right now (and I also have a bunch of other reads I want to read first 😉 ).


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WWW Wednesdays #281 – August 19th

WWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

Soooo…. What is new since my last WWW two weeks ago? Well, nothing much, as I’ve basically been spending the last two weeks painting and redecorating 24/7… Leaving me without any time or energy to read, let alone blog (in case you were wondering why I haven’t been responding to comments or bloghopping lately). xD I’m still reading The Day We Meet Again by Miranda Dickinson, and I’m so sad I can’t spend more time with Sam and Phoebe as I’m loving the story so far! The end of the DIY is in sight, so I hope to finally finish this beauty some time soon though. I also need to start When I Was You by Amber Garza as my blog tour stop is getting really close. Yikes!

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. The Last To Know by Jo Furniss (4/5 stars) BLOG TOUR REVIEW 21/08
Look out for my thoughts during my stop of the blog tour!!

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I need to get cracking with my upcoming ARCs and blog tours as I’m in danger of falling behind… First up are The Memories We Bury by H.A. Leuschel and Roads Out Of Winter by Alison Stine which both have blog tour stops in the first week of September. I’ve pretty much given up hope to complete the 20 Books Of Summer challenge as I still need to read three non ARCs to do that and I have too many ARCs due soon. Whoops? xD I’ll be picking up Deadly Waters by Dot Hutchison soon instead as it’s due on September 1st. My newest TBR jar pick Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf will have to wait until at least mid September as I really don’t have time for it right now (and I also have a bunch of other reads I want to read first 😉 ).


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WWW Wednesdays #280 – August 5th

WWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

I’m currently reading upcoming blog tour read The Last To Know by Jo Furniss, which I’ve heard fantastic things about. I’ll also be starting The Day We Meet Again by Miranda Dickinson as I’m in the mood for a change of genre… I’m not sure how long it will take to finish these though, as the painting has started in earnest and I haven’t had much spare time to read as a result. xD

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (2/5 stars) REVIEW 11/08
So… I’m still not sure what happened here, but I guess it is unpopular opinion time again? I loved Station Eleven back when I read it in 2018, and I fully expected to have a repeat experience in The Glass Hotel. It was one of my most anticipated releases this year, and I still can’t wrap my head around my negative reaction to the writing and story itself. It might just be that I’m not in the right mindset for this story right now, but the fact is… I REALLY didn’t enjoy my time with The Glass Hotel.

2. I Am The Night by Ethan Cross (1/5 stars) REVIEW 10/08
I have a weak spot for serial killer thrillers, so as soon as I read the blurb of I Am The Night I knew I HAD to read it. I’ve been looking forward to read it ever since, and I fully expected to have a brilliant time with this first book of a series that is being republished… Sadly, things weren’t ment to be. I’m going to keep things short in my review as I honestly don’t have much to say about this book, but I’ll be explaining briefly why this book ended up being such a disappointment for me.

3. Dark Pines by Will Dean (4/5 stars) REVIEW 11/08
I always love a good Nordic noir story and I’ve been meaning to start this series for a while now… And my first experience with Tuva was without doubt a positive one! I can’t wait to read the next two books very soon.

4. Bad Parts by Brandon McNulty (AUDIO) (3,5/5 stars) REVIEW 14/08
I picked this Netgalley audio ARC on a whim as I wanted another audiobook to listen to while working on our home improvement project… I don’t usually read supernatural thrillers, but this story did the trick for me and made for hours of entertainment while painting.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I really need to read When I Was You by Amber Garza as my blog tour stop is coming up… I also need to get to early September blog tour read Roads Out Of Winter by Alison Stine for the same reason. Afterwards it’s another 20 Books Of Summer title with Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer, which I’ve been wanting to read for a long time now. My newest TBR jar pick Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf will probably have to wait until at least mid August, as I really don’t have time for it right now (and I also have a bunch of other reads I want to read first 😉 ).


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