Book Review

The Note

Zoe Folbigg

Aria, Oct 1, 2017, Release Date

Kindle, 293 Pages

Also available in paperback

Genre(s) Contemporary Romance

Source NetGalley


The note changed everything…

One very ordinary day, Maya Flowers sees a new commuter board her train to London, and suddenly the day isn’t ordinary at all. Maya knows immediately and irrevocably, that he is The One.

But the beautiful man on the train always has his head in a book and never seems to notice Maya sitting just down the carriage from him every day. Eventually, though, inspired by a very wise friend, Maya plucks up the courage to give the stranger a note asking him out for a drink. Afterall, what’s the worst that can happen?

And so begins a story of sliding doors, missed opportunities and finding happiness where you least expect it.

Based on the author’s true story, The Note is an uplifting, life-affirming reminder that taking a chance can change everything…


Zoë Folbigg is a magazine journalist and digital editor, starting at Cosmopolitan in 2001 and since freelancing for titles including Glamour, Fabulous, Daily Mail, Healthy, LOOK, Top Santé, Mother & Baby, ELLE, Sunday Times Style, and In 2008 she had a weekly column in Fabulous magazine documenting her year-long round-the-world trip with ‘Train Man’ – a man she had met on her daily commute. She since married Train Man and lives in Hertfordshire with him and their two young sons. This is her debut novel.

My Disclaimer:

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book. I am voluntarily providing an honest review in which all opinions are fully my own. I am not being compensated in any way.

~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

My Review: ✰✰✰⭒

It’s a debut novel based on a true story. And it’s one that takes us around in circles for a bit. First, she’s watching him and he’s unaware of her. Then he’s the one looking. They bump into each other at a photo shoot and then there’s his old girlfriend and Maya takes off. So much of the tension of this story is whether or not the two of them with eventually get together. Well, I hadn’t read the press releases before I read the book. I’m so glad I hadn’t, too. I would have been so angry. As I said, so much of the tension is whether or not they’re going to get together. Whether or not he’s going to answer her note. Whether or not she’s going to speak to him. Whether or not they’ll ever get together again.

The press that I saw for the book on Google and other places gives away the whole premise of the book and all its secrets! I only found it when I went looking for a bio for the author because there wasn’t one on GoodReads or Amazon, and I like to have something for a bio when I review a book. What I found was press releases from the US and UK with the story about the book and how it was a true story and other stuff. No, I am not going to give any more of it away.

Read the story, enjoy the tension, find out what happens. Does he answer her note? Does she talk to him? Do they ever meet up? Does she ever do anything with her life other than make up names for fashions? But don’t read the press releases.

The characters were reasonably well developed. The storyline was highly amusing. The pace was a bit irregular with some slow and go spots. The writing was quite good. I loved the fashion description! I could really picture each of Maya’s outfits each day! Loved it when she decided to look good enough to be noticed.

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