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Could one split second change her life forever? Hannah and Si are in love and on the same track - that is, until their train divides on the way to a wedding. The next morning, Hannah wakes up in Paris and realises that her boyfriend (and her ticket) are 300 miles away in Amsterdam! But then Hannah meets Léo on the station platform, and he's everything Si isn't. Spending Could one split second change her life forever? Hannah and Si are in love and on the same track - that is, until their train divides on the way to a wedding. The next morning, Hannah wakes up in Paris and realises that her boyfriend (and her ticket) are 300 miles away in Amsterdam! But then Hannah meets Léo on the station platform, and he's everything Si isn't. Spending the day with him in Paris forces Hannah to question how well she really knows herself - and whether, sometimes, you need to go in the wrong direction to find everything you've been looking for...


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Could one split second change her life forever? Hannah and Si are in love and on the same track - that is, until their train divides on the way to a wedding. The next morning, Hannah wakes up in Paris and realises that her boyfriend (and her ticket) are 300 miles away in Amsterdam! But then Hannah meets Léo on the station platform, and he's everything Si isn't. Spending Could one split second change her life forever? Hannah and Si are in love and on the same track - that is, until their train divides on the way to a wedding. The next morning, Hannah wakes up in Paris and realises that her boyfriend (and her ticket) are 300 miles away in Amsterdam! But then Hannah meets Léo on the station platform, and he's everything Si isn't. Spending the day with him in Paris forces Hannah to question how well she really knows herself - and whether, sometimes, you need to go in the wrong direction to find everything you've been looking for...

30 review for Uncoupling

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anika | Chapters of May

    Uncoupling sweet and easy coming-of-age novel, and the perfect mini escape to Paris. Hannah is on a train to Amsterdam with her boyfriend Si, when the carriages separate and she accidentally ends up in Paris. Alone, without a ticket or passport, and only €20 in her pocket, she is forced to stay in the City of Love with fellow traveller, Léo. I like Hannah as a protagonist, but she's not the most interesting or complex character. There's nothing about her personality that makes her a memorable vo Uncoupling sweet and easy coming-of-age novel, and the perfect mini escape to Paris. Hannah is on a train to Amsterdam with her boyfriend Si, when the carriages separate and she accidentally ends up in Paris. Alone, without a ticket or passport, and only €20 in her pocket, she is forced to stay in the City of Love with fellow traveller, Léo. I like Hannah as a protagonist, but she's not the most interesting or complex character. There's nothing about her personality that makes her a memorable voice. However, Hannah's passion for photography adds a nice dynamic and gives her an ambition or something to live for. That makes her more of an enjoyable narrator in the book. Her development is the most compelling aspect of the novel. She's overly reliant on her boyfriend, insecure about her talent, cares too much about the opinions of others, and always compares herself to others. A lot of her anxieties are extremely relatable, and I think that's what makes her likeable. Naturally, as a reader you want to see her achieve something great. Hannah steadily comes to the realisation that she’s an intelligent, independent, and valued human, and that’s really lovely to read. I also quite like that it takes a disaster like being stuck in Paris with a handsome stranger to realise you want more from life. Léo seems like a nice character, but there wasn’t much to him either. It was difficult to connect with him as so much is revealed about Hannah in comparison to him. I definitely feel as though his personality or backstory could be fleshed out a little more, which would in turn contribute to the romance. Sadly, despite the likeable characters, I didn't find the plot that exciting. It has its entertaining moments, but overall I was tempted to skip chapters to get to the best bits. A good portion of the book is spent building an establishing Hannah's background, relationships, and mindset, but then nothing really happens with it. Yes, she discovers more about herself, but other than that... there wasn't much going on. It doesn’t pace well or move smoothly, a lot of moments feel very standstill. Even the conflict was anticlimactic. Still, Uncoupling is a lovely debut. It’s relaxing to read, with likable characters and plenty of Parisian magic. For more book reviews and posts, check out my blog or follow along on Instagram 📚✨

  2. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    Nice easy read. Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC. The sinopsis of this book immediately caught my attention. This story is like to read a Sunday TV film. Easy, simple. For moments I did not like how repetitive Hannah was and how slow the story started, sometimes I felt like was a tourist guide around Paris and no much thing happening. The end was quite a rush resolving all really fast. Overall Uncoupling is easy and simple read for a Sunday afternoon with a cuppa.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Agi

    Hannah and her boyfriend Si have spent a romanticv weekend in Venice and now they are on a train to Amsterdam where Si’s sister is getting married. Hannah suspects that Si about to propose to her and it is everything she has ever dreamt about – to have a family, hudband, kids… But is it really? After being separated on a train, Hannah finds herself stranded in Paris, with no money, no clothes and also having lost her mobile. Can the handsome starnegr Leo help her get to Amsterdam on time? Or per Hannah and her boyfriend Si have spent a romanticv weekend in Venice and now they are on a train to Amsterdam where Si’s sister is getting married. Hannah suspects that Si about to propose to her and it is everything she has ever dreamt about – to have a family, hudband, kids… But is it really? After being separated on a train, Hannah finds herself stranded in Paris, with no money, no clothes and also having lost her mobile. Can the handsome starnegr Leo help her get to Amsterdam on time? Or perhaps is he going to make her think and change her life for ever? So, my lovely bookish friends, and again I’ve stumbled upon a book that looked and sounded brilliantly promising and having keeping hearing so good things about it I was sure it will be a gem. It wasn’t. Already the beginning made me feel a bit panic as the relationship between Hannah and Si was all but nice. And that was only the beginning. Then the thing with the train happened and a slowly and painful journey began. I had to check more than once if I’m reading fiction or perhaps Paris travel guide – there was so much sight – seeing, and yes, those were perhaps nice places, but I wanted a story that is developing, and not a visit in Paris. And another thing, the relationship between Hannah and Si, the whole background, was told us by Hannah when she started to realise that perhaps it’s not as brilliant as she thought it is. Told, not shown. She was reminiscing, thinking and wondering and I didn’t get any feel of this relationship, as it was only told to me. I’m not sure, ist his a new thing in books now? Telling us about something without giving us a chance to experience it for ourselves? It was incredibly slow read and I am glad that I’ve managed to finish it – yes, skim reading but without a feeling that I’m missing something – and being glad that the book ended is not a good sign. The story is told by Hannah and really, we get a huge dosis of Hannah but not in a good way, because she was not strong enough a character to carry the whole story. She’s flat and simple, full of anxieties and insecurity, overly reliant on her boyfriend, assuming things that are not true, absolutely not believing in herself. We slowly learn why it is she is like this but I’m sorry, I think it needed much deeper reasoned. The good thing about her was the fact that she finally started to develop but it took so much time, I was starting to feel very, very impatient and even the fact that she dared to eventually make some new steps in her life couldn’t change my feelings towards her and the whole book. Because it all came too late. There really doesn’t happen much in this story, sadly. It is a long journey towards finding and establishing what is really important in life, but that’s all, and the journey towards it was not the most exciting one. The conflicts and rare twists feel very unnatural and forced. Nevertheless, if you love Paris, and need a realxing, steady read, this might be a book for you. The writing is good, I think, and the author seems to be a lovely story – teller but it doesn’t help a lot when there is a great idea that is not delivered. However, it was easy to read, and I kept reading, so there. Copy provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Uncoupling is a lovely uncomplicated book which transports you to some wonderful places in Europe, but primarily to romantic Paris. The perfect lockdown read we find ourselves transported to the centre of Paris discovering the sites, the streets and the delicious cuisine. Hannah and Si find themselves separated after their train ‘uncouples’, one half going to Amsterdam and the other to Paris. Hannah finds herself stranded in Paris with no extra clothes or money. She meets a frenchman at the Stat Uncoupling is a lovely uncomplicated book which transports you to some wonderful places in Europe, but primarily to romantic Paris. The perfect lockdown read we find ourselves transported to the centre of Paris discovering the sites, the streets and the delicious cuisine. Hannah and Si find themselves separated after their train ‘uncouples’, one half going to Amsterdam and the other to Paris. Hannah finds herself stranded in Paris with no extra clothes or money. She meets a frenchman at the Station called Léo who helps her out of a very sticky situation. With some time to kill until their train departs to Amsterdam, Léo shows Hannah around Paris on his friend’s motorbike and it is during the course of the day she takes the time to reflect on her life, career and relationship. The writing is good and in particular the author’s descriptions of Paris are wonderful. Some of the dialogue felt a little bit stilted but generally it flowed well, it’s easy to read and absorbing and I wanted to keep reading to get to the bottom of what Si was up to. Most of the novel is centred around the main protagonists Hannah and Léo. Whilst Léo is a very likeable character, he’s calm, thoughtful, sensible and his kindness really shines through, I didn’t particularly resonate with Hannah. She’s far too negative and at times I found her extremely frustrating. Here is a character that really needed to let herself go, have fun and embrace the situation instead of grumbling it’s too early for wine and following Léo ‘begrudgingly’ to a wonderful viewpoint. I know the author is trying to get across her insecurities and confidence issues but she came across as unappreciative and a tad ungrateful. I did enjoy reading about Hannah’s passion for photography, this brought her otherwise bland character to life and I liked the scene when she is enthusiastically explaining to Léo how to use her camera, demonstrating her love of photography. The romance is a bit lack lustre, it’s very innocent and kept to the minimum, presumably because Hannah is still in a relationship. I really would have liked to have seen a bit more chemistry between them, particularly as the story unfolds. Despite my little niggle with Hannah’s negativity, this is otherwise a delightful debut novel with a lovely and unusual storyline. Located in a fabulous setting, which the author obviously knows well, we are treated to some beautiful and vivid descriptions of the tourist spots as well as some lovely places off the beaten track. The gentle romance unfolds subtly throughout the story and it was lovely for Hannah to find happiness in the end. Thank you to the publisher for my eARC via Netgalley.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karen Huxtable

    The story begins with Hannah and Si rushing from a break in Venice to travel to Amsterdam for Si’s sister Catherine’s wedding. Si’s family sound very high maintenance and Hannah has already been given a list of jobs to carry out. A problem with the cabin they booked means that Hannah goes and finds somewhere else to sleep and when she wakes up Si and all her belonging’s have gone. She has ended up in Paris with only a maxed out credit card, a phone ( which she soon loses) and her camera. The man The story begins with Hannah and Si rushing from a break in Venice to travel to Amsterdam for Si’s sister Catherine’s wedding. Si’s family sound very high maintenance and Hannah has already been given a list of jobs to carry out. A problem with the cabin they booked means that Hannah goes and finds somewhere else to sleep and when she wakes up Si and all her belonging’s have gone. She has ended up in Paris with only a maxed out credit card, a phone ( which she soon loses) and her camera. The man Leo, whose music had kept her awake has also met a similar fate and they end up in Paris together waiting for the next train to Amsterdam. She begins to realise that she is actually managing fine without Si , when she call her mother she is less than helpful and reminds Hannah that she always ends up in a mess.I liked Hannah she is quite ditsy, unorganised and nervous and she has relied on Si a lot. When Leo turns up with a motorbike and offers to take her to police station she starts to think he maybe going to abduct her but he is as good as his word. Leo starts to uncover that Hannah is really out of her comfort zone and he offers to take her on a tour of Paris which she is very apprehensive about. This is a wonderful trip around Paris and it made me want to go and eat cake and sit in a cafe again. Hannah has let Simon treat her like a child and she begins to discover with Leo’s help that she can be braver. Leo seems to have his own secrets that he is not willing to share so easily. This is a great book it was just what I needed at this time, and it is full of surprises and I enjoyed finding out the stories behind Leo and Hannah, the more I read the more engrossed I became in their lives. Funny, truthful and heartwarming this is a wonderful read and is a great story about a woman finding herself I loved it !

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    I read this book as part of a readalong over on Facebook. I have to say I was a bit impatient at the end of each section (we read it in 3 parts over 3 weeks) as I wanted to carry on reading. This book is a little bit corny, a little bit predictable but I have to say I enjoyed it. Many people are looking for a bit if escapism just now - travelling on a train and exploring Paris certainly did it for me. Like the way Hannah's character developed through the book - that she found her backbone and to I read this book as part of a readalong over on Facebook. I have to say I was a bit impatient at the end of each section (we read it in 3 parts over 3 weeks) as I wanted to carry on reading. This book is a little bit corny, a little bit predictable but I have to say I enjoyed it. Many people are looking for a bit if escapism just now - travelling on a train and exploring Paris certainly did it for me. Like the way Hannah's character developed through the book - that she found her backbone and took charge - and got the rather gorgeous Leo.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Naza

    What happens when you travel by train and you end up in Paris instead of Amsterdam? I truly enjoyed Uncoupling, the construction and development of the characters and the sort of coming of age make it a very enjoyable read. A joyful novel about change, self discovery and about creating a new version of yourself.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    4,5 🌟 This story was everything I imagined to be AND so much more! In a way I expected this story to be all romance and insta-love, but that’s just not right. Our main character, Hannah, goes through such a big character development. From thinking she is only enough when she has a successful job (she’s unhappy in) and a boyfriend she settled in with to realizing she is enough all by herself. I love that Léo played such a big role in this development, even though he never pushed Hannah to think or 4,5 🌟 This story was everything I imagined to be AND so much more! In a way I expected this story to be all romance and insta-love, but that’s just not right. Our main character, Hannah, goes through such a big character development. From thinking she is only enough when she has a successful job (she’s unhappy in) and a boyfriend she settled in with to realizing she is enough all by herself. I love that Léo played such a big role in this development, even though he never pushed Hannah to think or do anything. Let's not forget about our other main character, Léo. He is a very likeable character, in my opinion. He is calm, kind, adventurous, and is always able to reassure Hannah. I love the detailed description of the beautiful city that is Paris. There’s some mystery and uncertainty about Hannah’s boyfriend, Simon, and I really thought I had it figured out early on. Lorraine Brown is so so so good in putting people on the wrong track. I was sooo sure I had it figured out. But boy, was I wrong! I love that the story wasn’t as predictable as I thought it was, in a way? I was really surprised regarding the storyline with Simon. You can find my full review here: https://ohsrslybooks.com/2021/03/10/r...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Abbey

    4.5 star rating from me! Such a cute romantic story in Paris.. The city of love ❤️ Hannah and Leo are cute! Such an easy read and highly recommend people to buy this! Xx

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    This was not my usual genre of book but I really enjoyed it. It was easy to read and made me want to keep reading to find out what happened next! The story is about a couple called Hannah and Si. They recently moved in together and are in a relatively new relationship. Hannah loves Si but he comes across as someone who must call the shots! They have been on holiday to Venice and are enroute to Si’s sisters wedding in Amsterdam when they become separated. The next part of the story is set in Paris a This was not my usual genre of book but I really enjoyed it. It was easy to read and made me want to keep reading to find out what happened next! The story is about a couple called Hannah and Si. They recently moved in together and are in a relatively new relationship. Hannah loves Si but he comes across as someone who must call the shots! They have been on holiday to Venice and are enroute to Si’s sisters wedding in Amsterdam when they become separated. The next part of the story is set in Paris and there are some wonderful descriptions of Paris through the eyes of both Hannah and someone she meets called Leo who lives in Paris. A really lovely, charming story that had me cheering on Leo and hoping Hannah realised he was a much better catch than Si!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kerry-louise Jones

    I love chance meetings and this was done really well. The setting of Paris was absolutely brilliant, the vivid descriptions really built a beautiful picture in my mind and I could have travelled round the city with Léo as my tour guide all day! Although this is billed as a romance I think it’s more of a love story to finding yourself and being who you want to be instead of fitting into some pre planned mould that society has laid out. Thanks to @orionbooks for my copy of the book to review as part I love chance meetings and this was done really well. The setting of Paris was absolutely brilliant, the vivid descriptions really built a beautiful picture in my mind and I could have travelled round the city with Léo as my tour guide all day! Although this is billed as a romance I think it’s more of a love story to finding yourself and being who you want to be instead of fitting into some pre planned mould that society has laid out. Thanks to @orionbooks for my copy of the book to review as part of the blog tour.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Wingfield

    3.5 stars because the first half was a bit slow and the ending was not exactly what I'd hoped for (view spoiler)[too sensible! I wanted them to go wild together in Amsterdam, not be all "let's see how we feel in 7 months. Though I guess this shows it's as much of a break-up/self-development book as a romance one (hide spoiler)] . Hannah was very relatable and Leo was cool. I liked that the events happened over one day and thought the setting was well done too, I'd love to see this turned into a f 3.5 stars because the first half was a bit slow and the ending was not exactly what I'd hoped for (view spoiler)[too sensible! I wanted them to go wild together in Amsterdam, not be all "let's see how we feel in 7 months. Though I guess this shows it's as much of a break-up/self-development book as a romance one (hide spoiler)] . Hannah was very relatable and Leo was cool. I liked that the events happened over one day and thought the setting was well done too, I'd love to see this turned into a film.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jolin

    2.5 stars. This book is hard to review for me because the beginning was so slow that I relied on sheer will to finish it, but I will say that it was worth it. The writing is not too bad, though I find it annoying that the author has the tendency to repeat phrases within one scene, which is kind of weird given that the characters could just get to the point. I liked the way she incorporated flashbacks into Hannah’s thoughts, but also I’m sick of first person POVs so it was slightly tiring. Howeve 2.5 stars. This book is hard to review for me because the beginning was so slow that I relied on sheer will to finish it, but I will say that it was worth it. The writing is not too bad, though I find it annoying that the author has the tendency to repeat phrases within one scene, which is kind of weird given that the characters could just get to the point. I liked the way she incorporated flashbacks into Hannah’s thoughts, but also I’m sick of first person POVs so it was slightly tiring. However, I did like the fact that the main point of the story is Hannah’s growth as a person, rather than some romantic takeaway. Surprisingly, the romance was developed pretty well for two people that have known each other for a day. That partially explains the repetitive descriptions of the places of interest in Paris since the middle of this book reads like a travel brochure. I do feel that Lorraine Brown handled Hannah’s and Léo’s backstories well, and that it wasn’t over-the-top or anything. The ending seemed convenient but satisfying, and I’m not one to dig out plot holes so no complaints. I liked Léo the most, since he was calm and talked a lot of sense, saying many quote-worthy lines. I also found the side characters pretty intriguing, given their responses to certain situations. Overall, this book would be suitable for people into slow-burn, I just wasn’t feeling it. The romance is good though, once it starts.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline MacAllister

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Paris Connection: The book taught me that trains can separate in the middle of the night and go to two different destinations and the French seem to love putting yes or no at the end of questions. This is a super cute romcom of figuring out who you really are in your 30ths. The main character, Hannah, is on a trip with her live-in boyfriend, Simon, when the train they were on separates in the middle of the night leaving her on her way to pairs and her boyfriend to Amsterdam. She ends up in P The Paris Connection: The book taught me that trains can separate in the middle of the night and go to two different destinations and the French seem to love putting yes or no at the end of questions. This is a super cute romcom of figuring out who you really are in your 30ths. The main character, Hannah, is on a trip with her live-in boyfriend, Simon, when the train they were on separates in the middle of the night leaving her on her way to pairs and her boyfriend to Amsterdam. She ends up in Pairs with Leo, who is the reason she didn’t hear the announcements in the middle of the night, and her adventure she takes with him building on her courage, self-awareness, and vulnerability. Spoilers ahead: 1) At the start of the novel, Hannah and Si are rushing to the train late because Hannah left her purse, forcing them to turn around and grab it, running to catch the train before it leaves. Once on the train, they find people who are in their cabin. Instead of arguing they find a spot with the other passengers. Si goes to sleep when Hannah looks into his phone and finds a bridesmaid texting him. Hannah goes off to find a quiet spot to think and falls asleep with her headphones in because another passenger had their music up too loud. 2)Leo and Hannah meet when they both realize they are on their way to pairs instead of Amsterdam while Hannah is talking to an employee of the train. 3) Hannah running for the second time in two days to catch the train to Amsterdam from Pairs when she trips and falls because of Leo’s large bag and hurts her ankle, causing her to miss the train - she tells Leo to run for it but the train left early. 4) Leo is different from Si because he actually wants to hear the answers to the questions he asks Hannah. Si seems to always have the answer for Hannah. 5) Hannah went with Leo to see some beautiful sights around Paris, including going to a river and a bar. If I had a day in pairs, I would rent a Vespa and go around taking photos and eating the good food. 6) Hannah’s first trip to Pairs was to find her father. He Had sent her a birthday card with a return address in pairs. She traveled there to find him, went to the apartment, and found out he no longer lived there. She was broken because of it and felt triggered by pairs. Leo showed her the beautiful sights of Pairs and honestly made her fall in love with him. She saw that someone in that great big city cared about her and her feelings. 7) Leo was one of the first people to actually ask Hannah why she liked photography, why she stayed in a job she hated, and why she wasn’t applying to the photography class. Hannah of course thinks the way most of us do in the fact that our career can’t be something you love. Leo shared that you can in fact do what you love, even if you are on a deadline and get forced to make changes to your art. She goes on to follow her dreams instead of working a career. 8) The smallest of things can make great changes in our life. This book shows it. Hannah goes from seeing a ring in her live-in boyfriend bag in a career she hates to at the end starting a relationship with someone she met once and following her dreams of photography. The right place at the right time. 9) I hope Hannah and Leo get a second book but them talking about the last 7 months of their lives. What she did, what did he do, how often did they talk, how long did she stay in Paris, do they move in together? In my head, Hannah moves to Paris to be with Leo and works at a galley while shooting travel photos for her own blog. Leo is kicking ass and taking names in the music industry because of TikTok of his went viral.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tripfiction

    RomCom set in PARIS You Tube review: https://youtu.be/HLwzNqFk8nY I spent today – Valentine’s Day – reading Uncoupling, and it was a very nice way to ‘travel’ to Paris. I seem to be spending a lot of time there, even though it is lockdown, as I have really been enjoying “Call My Agent’ on Netflix which is also a wonderful way to spend a few hours in the city, with a bunch of eclectic people! Hannah and Si are an item. They are just leaving Santa Lucia Station in Venice to take the night sleeper to RomCom set in PARIS You Tube review: https://youtu.be/HLwzNqFk8nY I spent today – Valentine’s Day – reading Uncoupling, and it was a very nice way to ‘travel’ to Paris. I seem to be spending a lot of time there, even though it is lockdown, as I have really been enjoying “Call My Agent’ on Netflix which is also a wonderful way to spend a few hours in the city, with a bunch of eclectic people! Hannah and Si are an item. They are just leaving Santa Lucia Station in Venice to take the night sleeper to Amsterdam, where they are are due to attend his sister’s wedding. Their couchette is already taken and rather than argue the point, they find a couple of seats to while away the night. Si is soon asleep and Hannah cannot settle with the noise around her and moves on to a quieter carriage and falls asleep, even thought a fellow passenger is, annoyingly, playing scratchy music through his headphones. Trains in Europe often split along the way, so you can well imagine what happens. Si continues to Amsterdam, Hannah awakes as the train is pulling into Paris. She has neither money, nor clothes (they are all with Si) and she soon has her phone pick-pocketed. Léo, who was plugged into his music – irritatingly and loudly – in the same compartment, is soon encouraging her to take in the sights of the city, whilst the two of them wait to catch the afternoon train. After all, how else is she going to the spend the time whilst she waits for the next train to Amsterdam? And thus she explores the city. The author revels in placing her characters against iconic backdrops, exploring little known squares and climbing the hill in Montmartre to visit the Sacré-Coeur. This is truly what literary tourism is all about! And whilst Hannah is out and about, she gives thought to her relationship with Si, with a growing unease that there is something he is not telling her. This a terrific debut, with likeable (for the most part!) characters and a storyline that flows along. Recommended for anyone who loves Paris and a bit of romance!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    DNF AT 60% This is the first time I have EVER not finished a book. Oh my god, it was so bad. If I could give it 0 stars, I probably would. Main character Hannah: Annoying and immature, and so so goddamn depressing. It doesn't matter what happens, she'll find a reason to be pessimistic about it. She moans, she whines, she's so gloomy. She's got a 'not like other girls' thang going on too, which drives me up the wall. Honestly, I hated her. I literally wanted to strangle her. Love interest. Sorry, wha DNF AT 60% This is the first time I have EVER not finished a book. Oh my god, it was so bad. If I could give it 0 stars, I probably would. Main character Hannah: Annoying and immature, and so so goddamn depressing. It doesn't matter what happens, she'll find a reason to be pessimistic about it. She moans, she whines, she's so gloomy. She's got a 'not like other girls' thang going on too, which drives me up the wall. Honestly, I hated her. I literally wanted to strangle her. Love interest. Sorry, what? Her 'old' love interests acts more like a control freak dad than a partner - one with a serious superiority complex. And it seems Hannah has a thing for men with superiority complexes too, as the man she meets in Paris suffers just as badly with one! Leo is also so stereotyped it's actually painful. Like I actually cringed whenever he appeared on the page. This weird cross between 'French lover' and 'bad boy with a dark past' except there's no dark past, it's just moody angst for no reason. Sorry, did I mention these are fully grown adults? The childishness just leapt off the page. The dialogue between Hannah and Leo was awkward and clunky at best, absolutely catastrophically embarrassing at worst. There was no chemistry between them whatsoever, and the author tried too hard to get you, as the reader, to like Leo. There was nothing to like! I've known cardboard less bland. The plot of this book is so boring too. At first I was excited. I thought it was a great premise for an amazing romance story. But instead we got lots of train station scenes, with dialogue along the lines of 'take me back to the train station' every 3 paragraphs. We got motorbike scenes around Paris - but they don't actually do anything except eat cake and make small talk. We got weird scenarios that just *wouldn't* happen in real life, like taking a stranger to a friend's apartment and letting them take your clothes, use your computer to check emails etc. They just met. They'd known each other like 2 hours. Ugh. It's so boring and unrealistic, I physically can't read anymore. I'm out.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sarah - Sarah's Vignettes

    This review can be found at sarahsvignettes.wordpress.com Oh, to be able to go to Paris right now!!! I lived in Paris as a student and find it hard to resist any opportunity I can get to back there. Uncoupling took me there from the comfort of my armchair, and now I am yearning to go back. Thank you, Lorraine Brown :-) Hannah and Si seem like they are both on the right track. However, when their train from Venice divides with Hannah ending up in Paris and Si in Amsterdam, Hannah is stuck in Paris, This review can be found at sarahsvignettes.wordpress.com Oh, to be able to go to Paris right now!!! I lived in Paris as a student and find it hard to resist any opportunity I can get to back there. Uncoupling took me there from the comfort of my armchair, and now I am yearning to go back. Thank you, Lorraine Brown :-) Hannah and Si seem like they are both on the right track. However, when their train from Venice divides with Hannah ending up in Paris and Si in Amsterdam, Hannah is stuck in Paris, where she meets Leo, a French man. Leo offers to show Hannah around his Paris whilst she waits to catch the next train to Amsterdam. I really liked Hannah. She is definitely at a crossroad in the book, even if she doesn’t realise it straight away. Leo is just gorgeous. Who wouldn’t want to spend a day in Paris with a delightful French man - he is everything Si isn’t and, trust me, that is good! Paris is a character in itself and, for me, is the perfect city to set a novel in. Its architecture, history, people, and atmosphere is a great foundation for excellent stories. Leo takes Hannah to a few of his favourite places in Paris. They are not the obvious choices, and I liked that. Hannah's time with Leo forces her to focus on what is truly important and reminds her of the Hannah she once was. It was an absolute pleasure to spend time with Uncoupling, not just because I got to escape to Paris but because it is a charming, joyful, and uplifting story that has been well written and plotted. I immediately felt comfortable with Lorraine Brown's style. Uncoupling was just what I needed to read. It is described as a love story, but, for me, it is more a journey of self-discovery with romance included. It’s a brilliant debut novel, and I would be interested in what Lorraine Brown writes next.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    I was seeking a light read, a little romance and feelgood and this definitely ticked those boxes. Hannah and her boyfriend Si (not quite sure about that as a name - it irritated me as did the character!) are travelling between Venice and Amsterdam, heading to a wedding. The train divides (as they frequently do on the continent) and they are separated. Hannah is heading for Paris without her suitcase and with very little money. This is a romance so, although the scenario is actually quite frighte I was seeking a light read, a little romance and feelgood and this definitely ticked those boxes. Hannah and her boyfriend Si (not quite sure about that as a name - it irritated me as did the character!) are travelling between Venice and Amsterdam, heading to a wedding. The train divides (as they frequently do on the continent) and they are separated. Hannah is heading for Paris without her suitcase and with very little money. This is a romance so, although the scenario is actually quite frightening, that isn’t the tone of the story. Hannah is ditzy, bumping through life, frustratingly clumsy and disorganised and with a huge insecurity complex. The book and the reader spend the day in Paris trying to unpack some of her insecurities and I’m not sure that they entirely do. What is clear is that Hannah is not really with the right chap and maybe, just maybe the nice French guy who she spends her day with might be the one. This is a lovely gentle story about a blossoming romance and self revelation and a bit of a beautiful advertisement for Paris. The Parisian scenes are beautifully written and described- clearly some off the beaten track spots here. The romance is intriguing ..it’s not full blown chemistry, more a gently unravelling ..I very much enjoyed the book. I was torn between 3 and 4 stars because I didn’t feel it consistently- sometimes it seemed like one too many drinks in yet another little hideaway spot and I needed just a little more spark. But I did find myself unable to put the book down as I chased towards the end trying to find out what happens to Hannah. She’s a very human character and I loved that she admitted to being size 12! So much to like in this read. With thanks to Netgalley and Orion Books for a digital copy of this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for gifting me this ARC in exchange for my honest review. Pub Date: August 24, 2021 The Paris Connection is a cute, easy to read romcom about a girl, Hannah, who gets separated from her boyfriend, Simon, when the train they are on splits for two different cities in the middle of the night. Hannah is supposed to be in Amsterdam for Simon's sisters wedding and instead wakes up in Paris without her luggage, phone, or boarding pass. To make matters more exciting Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for gifting me this ARC in exchange for my honest review. Pub Date: August 24, 2021 The Paris Connection is a cute, easy to read romcom about a girl, Hannah, who gets separated from her boyfriend, Simon, when the train they are on splits for two different cities in the middle of the night. Hannah is supposed to be in Amsterdam for Simon's sisters wedding and instead wakes up in Paris without her luggage, phone, or boarding pass. To make matters more exciting she's also there with Leo, a brooding Frenchman who blames Hannah for this mishap. This novel is still in the editing stage and that is noted at the beginning of the story. I did notice some misspelled words or areas with extra random letters. This didn't take away from the story at all, just noting that. There was much to like about this book. The first is, there was no filler at the beginning. It jumped right to the main plot which I appreciate. Although, some parts of the story were a tad predictable, it was still thoroughly fun to read. Throughout the story I found myself rooting for Hannah because she was learning so much about herself. Her character development was spot on. Leo is a great character and the gorgeous descriptions of Paris have my longing to travel there at an all time high. From the beginning I was not a fan of Simon. I think the author painted a great picture of Simon and Hannahs relationship that was clearly close to over. I was ready for him to be thrown to the curve. I'm looking forward to the publication of this novel. I think I'll read it again to see the final edits!

  20. 4 out of 5

    MissK

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was absolutely hooked into this book, I finished it in 2 days! The story begins with a couple rushing around in a Venice train station to make it on their train to Amsterdam. They eventually make it but their VIP seats have been double booked. As a result, they have to sit in economy and the girlfriend (Hannah) moves away from her boyfriend (Si) into a quieter carriage to get some sleep as her carriage is far too noisy. The next I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was absolutely hooked into this book, I finished it in 2 days! The story begins with a couple rushing around in a Venice train station to make it on their train to Amsterdam. They eventually make it but their VIP seats have been double booked. As a result, they have to sit in economy and the girlfriend (Hannah) moves away from her boyfriend (Si) into a quieter carriage to get some sleep as her carriage is far too noisy. The next morning, she wakes up to find her boyfriend, but he is missing. She discovers that the carriages separated and hers parted towards Paris. However she was not the only one to do this as a handsome French man also found himself in the same position. Hannah finds this man to be stuck up and blames his loud music for not hearing the announcement. She makes her way to the Gare du Nord to get a train back to Amsterdam in time for her boyfriend’s sister’s wedding and bumps into the French man again. He takes sympathy on her and they end up becoming friends, she agrees to let him show her around Paris as their train is hours away. On their journey, they see all the sights which makes me reminisce my time in Paris and takes loads of pictures. The only problem is she starts falling for him. It was honestly such a cute read and I loved the ending! It provided a great escape for me during this dreary lockdown where I’m missing travelling.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tilly Fitzgerald

    I decided to treat myself and read this on Valentine’s Day because Paris is one of my great loves, and this did not disappoint. It is, of course, a love story between two people, but also a wonderful love letter to Paris and cobbled streets, patisseries and cafés. Hannah is a great character - imperfect, self-aware, and going through all those thirty something worries. Why is she still in a job she hates? Will she ever afford to buy a home? Surely she should settle down? It’s only when she spends I decided to treat myself and read this on Valentine’s Day because Paris is one of my great loves, and this did not disappoint. It is, of course, a love story between two people, but also a wonderful love letter to Paris and cobbled streets, patisseries and cafés. Hannah is a great character - imperfect, self-aware, and going through all those thirty something worries. Why is she still in a job she hates? Will she ever afford to buy a home? Surely she should settle down? It’s only when she spends the day with the enigmatic Léo that she starts to put things into perspective and realises she doesn’t need to settle. Now Léo definitely kept me hooked - I grew up around Frenchmen and have usually avoided them (sorry!) but I would make an exception for him 😉 As well as the unfolding love story and collapse of a relationship, this novel touches on other deeper issues too - being abandoned by a father, a difficult and protective mother, following a dream once you’re already established in a career. The author writes with tenderness, humour and relatability and makes Hannah an easy character to cheer for. I absolutely adored this heartwarming debut - it took me away to my beloved Paris at a time when I needed to escape, and left me with a smile on my face. I’ve also noted down every place I need to visit next time I go to Paris, so it’s been a bit of a fictional travel guide too! 🤣 Highly recommend for some blissful escapism.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carley

    What a lovely read. I thoroughly enjoyed this story which I read in 3 parts as part of a read a long group. Each week I was eager for my next instalment to see whether Hannah would lighten up and start to enjoy her life without being controlled by Si who I disliked from the start. When her train splits in the middle of the night and Hannah ends up in Paris instead of Amsterdam where she is supposed to be attending her partner Si’s sisters wedding how will she make it in time. Cue Leo the handsome What a lovely read. I thoroughly enjoyed this story which I read in 3 parts as part of a read a long group. Each week I was eager for my next instalment to see whether Hannah would lighten up and start to enjoy her life without being controlled by Si who I disliked from the start. When her train splits in the middle of the night and Hannah ends up in Paris instead of Amsterdam where she is supposed to be attending her partner Si’s sisters wedding how will she make it in time. Cue Leo the handsome french stranger with a motorcycle and a completely shut off personality. Hannah and Si end up sightseeing in Paris while waiting for another train and really hit it off but he is so secretive yet has Hannah spilling her innermost thoughts and really seems to help her come out of her shell. When she finds secret messages from Si on his email account she begins to worry that her so seeming perfect life may not be so perfect after all. She had found an engagement ring in Si’s suitcase yet he didn’t propose to her so was it meant for another woman? When Hannah and Leo part ways I was rather emotional and hoping their paths would cross again but first Hannah must attend the wedding with Si and find out his secret. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend to other lovers of chic lit. It’s the perfect escape these days and I really loved the descriptions of Paris it made me really want to go on holiday!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Uncoupling by Lorraine Brown is a wonderful, heartwarming, and addictive modern romance that I devoured in less then two days. I love the concept of a long-term relationship, going through the motions not wondering if individuals or personalities change...then a forced and accidental separation...stars align and a moment of solitude is given and a fresh look at life goals are reevaluated. That is this book in a nutshell. Hannah and Si are traveling to his sister’s wedding in Amsterdam when train Uncoupling by Lorraine Brown is a wonderful, heartwarming, and addictive modern romance that I devoured in less then two days. I love the concept of a long-term relationship, going through the motions not wondering if individuals or personalities change...then a forced and accidental separation...stars align and a moment of solitude is given and a fresh look at life goals are reevaluated. That is this book in a nutshell. Hannah and Si are traveling to his sister’s wedding in Amsterdam when train compartments are separated...Hannah is rerouted to Paris. While there she continues to run into a fellow rider, Leo. Here in Paris things seem different. Hannah is given a second chance at her life and as she spends time in fabulous and unique Paris with Leo while awaiting rescheduling of transportation, she is given a a vision of what her life is now, what it could be, and where it is going. The best part is her journey forward and what she decides. A wonderfully satisfying and enjoyable read that I truly loved. 5/5 stars Thank you EW and G.P. Putnam’s Sons for this awesome arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mary Hart

    3.5 stars Not my normal read and does include a couple of the tropes I dislike; a catalog of disasters and never getting to your destination, reminds me too much of feverish dreams! Hannah suspects that Simon, her fiancee isn't being honest with her and she wonders if he's having an affair with another bridesmaid. They get on a train to Amsterdam from Venice and during the night Hannah moves carraiges to get a better rest. She does eventually get to sleep although Leo, a fellow passenger is playi 3.5 stars Not my normal read and does include a couple of the tropes I dislike; a catalog of disasters and never getting to your destination, reminds me too much of feverish dreams! Hannah suspects that Simon, her fiancee isn't being honest with her and she wonders if he's having an affair with another bridesmaid. They get on a train to Amsterdam from Venice and during the night Hannah moves carraiges to get a better rest. She does eventually get to sleep although Leo, a fellow passenger is playing his music loud. Unbeknown to her the train splits and she and Leo head for Paris, Simon for Amsterdam. As I said jeopardy is not my favourite, neither is a travelogue of all Paris's tourist spots but Hannah used the few days to mature and have a more independant and nuianced look at her relationship. I liked how the author didn't use the obvious errors for Hannah and Simon's break up and I was pleased that Hannah did her photography course. I must confess I scan read a few sections. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Russell

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review So here's the thing. This book was fine. It gave me second hand anxiety the whole time about missing trains but that's a personal issue clearly! My main issue with this book is essentially the cheating. Hannah effectively allows herself to fall in love with this guy while knowing she's in a committed relationship with a man she knows is planning on proposing to her. Yes she has h Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review So here's the thing. This book was fine. It gave me second hand anxiety the whole time about missing trains but that's a personal issue clearly! My main issue with this book is essentially the cheating. Hannah effectively allows herself to fall in love with this guy while knowing she's in a committed relationship with a man she knows is planning on proposing to her. Yes she has her concerns over his fidelity but that doesn't make what she did right. When it got to the end when it turned out her boyfriend had been sacked and had criminal charges against him I was so lost with how ridiculous it was. One, how selfish do you have to be to have that conversation that at a wedding, could it genuinely not have waited?! But two, really? Also, you can make it known that a character is French without ending a sentence with non or oui every other sentence. That drove me nuts. Overall, the book wasn't bad and it was a lovely tale of Paris and exploring it. However, I'd have much preferred it had Hannah not been in a relationship. But that's personal preference.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Phillips

    Hannah is 30, she has a live-in partner Si (Simon). They have made their home in England however the story takes place mainly in Paris and then in Amsterdam. Through a misunderstanding regarding the railway system Hannah finds herself alone in Paris, with no passport and very little money, when she should be in Amsterdam with Si helping prepare for Simon’s sisters’ wedding. For some people this would be an adventure but for Hannah it brings up a sense of self-doubt and all her many insecurities. T Hannah is 30, she has a live-in partner Si (Simon). They have made their home in England however the story takes place mainly in Paris and then in Amsterdam. Through a misunderstanding regarding the railway system Hannah finds herself alone in Paris, with no passport and very little money, when she should be in Amsterdam with Si helping prepare for Simon’s sisters’ wedding. For some people this would be an adventure but for Hannah it brings up a sense of self-doubt and all her many insecurities. This coming of age novel was an enjoyable, fun and easy read. Hannah’s travels around Paris with Leo gave a physical movement to a fast-moving story. I was also able to get to see and know a side of Paris as Hannah and Leo were getting to know each other! I gave it 4 Stars because there were discoveries about the characters which surprised me, this is unusual as I can normally predict what will happen. I received a copy of Uncoupling for an unbiased review through a Facebook group called The Book Club.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten Childe

    This is a really lovely read. Hannah and her partner Si, are travelling together on a train from Venice to Amsterdam. Unable to sleep, Hannah moves carriages, leaving behind her passport and most of her money with the sleeping Si. Finally falling asleep, Hannah wakes to find that the train has split and she is now bound for Paris, along with a rather unpleasant fellow passenger (Leo), who is from Paris. Once in Paris, Hannah has several hours to kill before the next train to Amsterdam. The normall This is a really lovely read. Hannah and her partner Si, are travelling together on a train from Venice to Amsterdam. Unable to sleep, Hannah moves carriages, leaving behind her passport and most of her money with the sleeping Si. Finally falling asleep, Hannah wakes to find that the train has split and she is now bound for Paris, along with a rather unpleasant fellow passenger (Leo), who is from Paris. Once in Paris, Hannah has several hours to kill before the next train to Amsterdam. The normally unadventurous Hannah, takes a small leap into the unknown and agrees to a quick tour of Paris with Leo, even though she has bad memories of the city. The descriptions of Paris, really make you picture the places they visit, so much so I would love to visit again. Not all questions are answered - eg what is the story with Hannah’s dad. Some characters are more likeable than others - Si needs a good kick up the butt, if you ask me! But I really enjoyed reading this book and was pleasantly surprised by the ending.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Catherine L

    I read Uncoupling by Lorraine Brown as part of a Facebook read along in exchange for my unbiased review. I really enjoyed this book! I give it 4 stars. The travelogue across Paris and Amsterdam was colorful and fun, reminding me of my own travels there at nearly the same age as Hannah. An accidental yet literal fork in the road lands Hannah in Paris with Leo, finally freed from the normal constraints of everyday life including her controlling boyfriend Si, and even losing her lifeline to that li I read Uncoupling by Lorraine Brown as part of a Facebook read along in exchange for my unbiased review. I really enjoyed this book! I give it 4 stars. The travelogue across Paris and Amsterdam was colorful and fun, reminding me of my own travels there at nearly the same age as Hannah. An accidental yet literal fork in the road lands Hannah in Paris with Leo, finally freed from the normal constraints of everyday life including her controlling boyfriend Si, and even losing her lifeline to that life when her cell phone gets stolen. Leo represents the road not taken - going back to school, being with a partner who truly gets her, letting go of her resentment over her father - and lets Hannah imagine a new life for herself. I found the underlying themes of self doubt, turning 30 and evaluating relationships familiar and touching, lifting this book above the usual rom-com. I read it in 3 installments over 2 weeks and found myself counting the days until part 3 arrived. A surprisingly fun and poignant read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Caron Mckinlay

    Could one split second change her life forever? This is a gorgeous romance. I really laughed at the train splitting into two different destinations. I often panic about this when travelling and ask the staff, the passengers and then anyone on social media if I'm in the right carriage. Never quite believing I'm safe until the actual split. Such a great premise for a book. Adored all the sightseeing and travelling around Paris it really make me feel I was there once again and I loved how Hannah and Could one split second change her life forever? This is a gorgeous romance. I really laughed at the train splitting into two different destinations. I often panic about this when travelling and ask the staff, the passengers and then anyone on social media if I'm in the right carriage. Never quite believing I'm safe until the actual split. Such a great premise for a book. Adored all the sightseeing and travelling around Paris it really make me feel I was there once again and I loved how Hannah and Leo's relationship developed over the day but I couldn't help worry how this might affect poor Si. The writing brings the characters to life and they feel realistic and flawed. I also really enjoyed all their backstories which helped me understand their behaviour and choices. Talking about choices I couldn't stop until I knew what Hannah would do. With a couple of twists along the way you'll need to read it to find out but I found it very satisfying and romantic. If you enjoy your RomCom with some depth - you will enjoy this.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dakota

    A perfect novel to get your travel fix while in lockdown, Uncoupling transports you all over Europe, mainly Paris! This was my favorite aspect of the book, the setting. Other than that, I did not feel especially connected with the characters. I couldn't get over how degrading Hannah was towards herself. I get that that was part of her growth as a character throughout the book and there is a clear growth, but the beginning and middle were a bit too negative for me. Another thing I wasn't too keen A perfect novel to get your travel fix while in lockdown, Uncoupling transports you all over Europe, mainly Paris! This was my favorite aspect of the book, the setting. Other than that, I did not feel especially connected with the characters. I couldn't get over how degrading Hannah was towards herself. I get that that was part of her growth as a character throughout the book and there is a clear growth, but the beginning and middle were a bit too negative for me. Another thing I wasn't too keen on was the lack of romance. I felt myself wanting more. There were of course issues with her current boyfriend to take account of but all I wanted was for Hannah to be happy and to enjoy her time with Leo more. Maybe that could be a fun sequel. I will say though that I was quite committed to the book for the last 50-100 pages, wanting to find out what was going on with Si. The ending was nice too, it was lovely to see Hannah get herself together and to create her own happiness.

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