Eight Perfect Hours

Photo of Lia Louis' new book Eight Perfect Hours, paperback ARC copy

Eight Perfect Hours by Lia Louis

Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: September 28, 2021
Genres: Contemporary Romance

Book Review

Noelle Butterby is having a tough time. After an emotional event at her old college, she finds herself stranded on the highway when a blizzard strikes, without a phone or any food. A handsome American stranger named Sam takes pity on Noelle and offers her help. The two spend eight perfect hours together braving the storm until the road is finally cleared and they can be on their way. Noelle thinks she will never see Sam again, but fate has a different plan.

Told in the first person from Noelle’s perspective, Eight Perfect Hours is an emotional story of fate, loss, and finding happiness where you least expect it. I loved this book! Lia Louis’ last book, Dear Emmie Blue, was my favorite book of 2020. Ever since she announced Eight Perfect Hours, I have been eagerly waiting to read it and it did not disappoint!

Noelle was such a wonderful main character. She cares so deeply about her family and will do whatever is required of her to support them, even though she dreams of being a florist.

I highly recommend this charming story to anyone who loved Dear Emmie Blue, and fans of Jojo Moyes, Josie Silver, and Jill Santapolo!

Thank you to Netgalley and Atria Books for the review copy! All opinions are my own.


Synopsis from Goodreads

On a snowy evening in March, 30-something Noelle Butterby is on her way back from an event at her old college when disaster strikes. With a blizzard closing off roads, she finds herself stranded, alone in her car, without food, drink, or a working charger for her phone. All seems lost until Sam Attwood, a handsome American stranger also trapped in a nearby car, knocks on her window and offers assistance. What follows is eight perfect hours together, until morning arrives and the roads finally clear.

The two strangers part, positive they’ll never see each other again, but fate, it seems, has a different plan. As the two keep serendipitously bumping into one another, they begin to realize that perhaps there truly is no such thing as coincidence. With plenty of charming twists and turns and Lia Louis’s “bold, standout voice” (Gillian McAllister, author of The Good Sister), Eight Perfect Hours is a gorgeously crafted novel that will make you believe in the power of fate.


About the Author

Headshot of author Lia Louis

Lia Louis lives in the United Kingdom with her partner and three young children. Before raising a family, she worked as a freelance copywriter and proofreader. She was the 2015 winner of Elle magazine’s annual writing competition and has been a contributor for Bloomsbury’s Writers’ and Artists’ blog for aspiring writers. She is the author of Somewhere Close to HappyDear Emmie Blue, and Eight Perfect Hours.


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