To see the woman who had found her joie de vivre All shades of life were sensitively dealt with by the author There was much to smile about some to cry and frown But it was all about letting go of past and living life completely in the present finding the small joys in life Well this felt completely different to previous books from Fiona Collins it was less humorous and real life in feel If you are a big classic movie buff you will probably love this story however I hadn t seen most of the films discussed in depth and found I was skimming the sections where Arden and Mac were analysing the films I just like watching films for the story and without looking for hidden messages Speaking of which I m fairly sure there is a message within this book it felt like that sort of story but for the life of me I couldn t uite put my fingers on it Alternating between present day life for Arden and her great love affair with Mac thirty years earlier we see just how life has changed her and Mac I enjoyed seeing how the two timelines progressed while at the Same time just felt slightly disconnected from the book and its characters I had such high hopes for this book given how much I have previously enjoyed the author but it just fel short for me In places it was enjoyable and I was getting lost in the pages and at other times I just wasn t as convinced Thank you to Corgi and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily Bizarrely I saw a review for this book imagine One Day with movies One Day is my favourite book and that review made me need this book in my life When will I learn these beautiful plain cover books can smash your heart make you ugly cry and leave you broken I have been swept up in these pages it s all been so vivid theres not a character I didnt bond with root for feel for I ve been swept away by giddiness and punched so hard in the stomach I m not sure when I m going to get over it One Day left me crying for days I m writing this review days after finishing get over it One Day left me crying for days I m writing this review days after finishing I m still upset You me and the movies and music books long summer days and rainy nights happiness hope youth first loves friendships the future the past middle age bad decisions and utter utter sadness And I d read it again I will read it again I will read it again and again even though it s going to hurtI m 100% sure this will be my book of the year the book that may me cry the hardest the book that I read with a weird sad hopeful smile until it smacked me round the face the book that took me way longer to read than NECESSARY BECAUSE I COULD NOT SEE because I could not see words through my tears the book that now sits beside One Day and Charlotte Street my all time favourite reads Thank you Fiona Collins you ve broken me but that journey that story those movies made it worth it. E and Clyde Some Like It Hot and These movies spark both bittersweet memories of their passionate relationship and the potential for a reflective Arden to finally fulfil the promise of her younger self And in the course of her visits to Mac she starts to reconnect with the world in a way that she didn’t think was possibl. ,
I loved this book It s such a great premise and the characters were wonderfully drawn I was at university such a great premise and the characters were wonderfully drawn I was at university the same time were wonderfully drawn I was at university around the same time Arden and so many memories flooded back when I read the book not only the clothes and music and movies but also the feelings of a young woman let loose on the world She is a fantastic character And Mac well I now Arden shouldn t have gone there but I couldn t blame her at all This is a book which would make a great Richard Curtis movie it s feel good and poignant and very very funny What happens after the happily after You Me and the Movies is a bittersweet nostalgic contemporary romance about tarnished fantasies regrets and second chances I m not one for romance but I like a small dose now and then something to lift me out of my m I read this as my C author book for my A Z of romances I thought from the blurb and cover it was chicklit and I suppose it was in some ways but really I m not exactly sure how I d catergorise it It wasn t as funny as most chicklit nor was it as romantic as I expected The book s heroine is Arden a 48 year old who s suffered through an abusive relationship and come out the other side only barely She is visiting a friend in hospital when she spies her first and last love in one of the beds This of course stirs up the memories of their time together and we get to read about their relationship via flashbacksMac was a lecturer and Arden a university student when they had an affair and considering they ve not seen each other in about 30 years the reader realises how the flashbacks will pan out pretty early on Mac taught film and throughout their romance he and Arden watch an This is one for movie obsessives and film fans Fiona Collins writes a story of Arden Hall with a narrative that goes back and forth in time from when as a university student she embarked on an emotionally intense and passionate relationship that was everything revolving around the classic movies she loved and watched with her lover Film Studies lecturer Mac Bartley Thomas a man who was the centre of her world As is often the case this all consuming youthful love affair was destined to not last and Arden s life trajectory through the years shaped her into a very different woman from who she used to be The What happens once the film has finishedArden is a survivor She has left her abusive husband and although she is eeping people at arms Length She Is Fine Then One Evening After Being Persuaded she is fine Then one evening after being persuaded visit someone in hospital as she is leaving the ward her friend comments that another patient looks like Mac Bartley Thomas Mac was a lecturer at Warwick Uni when Arden had been a student there Arden makes an excuse to go back to the ward to double check and yes the patient is Mac This sends a whole host of memories cascading. He only speaks in movie references but they make her remember everythingAfter a marriage which threatened her entire sense of self Arden Hall is divorced doing a lacklustre job and living a uiet rather unexciting life But one day visiting a friend in a London hospital she suddenly re encounters her former lover from thirty.