Book Review: The Man I Never Met by Elle Cook

Posted November 21, 2022 by WendyW in Book Review, bookblogger / 43 Comments

The Man I Never Met
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by Elle Cook
Publication Date November 22, 2022
Published by Ballantine Books
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy, Fiction / Women
Pages: 336
Format: ARC

***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***

Is it possible to love someone you've never met? A young woman finds out in this sweeping will-they-or-won't-they love story that begins with a chance wrong number dial. . . .

“A total delight . . . achingly romantic, full of suspense, and a beautiful cast of characters.”—Laura Jane Williams, author of Our Stop

When Hannah picks up a call from an unknown number, she thinks nothing of it—it’s just an easygoing American named Davey who misdialed her while calling into a job interview. And when Hannah wishes him luck after clearing up the confusion, she never actually expects to hear from him again.

Then she gets a text saying he got the job and he’ll be moving to London, and she can’t help but smile. Soon their texts become phone calls that turn into video calls, and their friendship becomes a relationship they can’t wait to start in earnest once Davey lands in London in a month’s time.

But when Hannah goes to meet him at the airport, Davey isn’t there—and the reason why changes both of their lives in an instant. With their future together suddenly so uncertain, they don’t know what to do but try to move on from each other. 

Though their chance at love seems lost forever, neither is never far from the other’s thoughts. Will fate intervene once more to bring the two together, or will Davey always be the man that Hannah never met?

The Man I Never Met by Elle Cook is an emotional and lovely romance between two people who meet because of a wrong number.  It’s not a light romance, but a deeply emotional story about the power of love. 

Story Recap: 

Hannah is happy, living in London when she takes a phone call from a stranger, who accidentally dialed her phone.  Davey, an American who lives in Austin, Texas was calling for a job interview in London, and accidentally calls Hannah.  This chance encounter turns into a few texts between Hannah and Davey, and in the next few weeks, the texts eventually turn into phone calls and video calls.  

When Davey finally flies to London for his new job, Hannah is very excited to finally meet him in person.  They have fallen for each other over texts, and phone calls and they have plans for Hannah to show him around London.  When Davey’s plane lands, and he doesn’t get off the plane, Hannah is confused and devastated.  What caused Davey to stay in Austin?  Will he ever move to England?  Will Hannah and Davey ever get a chance to meet in person?  

My Thoughts: 

The first part of this book is swoony and fun.  I loved watching Hannah and Davey fall in love over texts, emails, and phone calls.  They were so different, and yet they found so many things in common, and they share a delightful sense of humor too.  They seem to be meant for each other.  

Then came the middle of the book and it was so emotional and downright sad.  I was still rooting for Davey and Hannah but it seems impossible that they can ever get together.  The author wrote such a heartbreaking story, and yet I never gave up hope.  It’s a true emotional roller coaster of a book.  I was happy, smiling, laughing, sad, crying, and surprised.  I l

About Elle Cook

'm a former journalist and PR who has left the dark side behind to write novels under two different names.

Lorna Cook is my historical fiction name where I write novels filled with romance, intrigue, secrets and history and under the name Elle Cook I write contemporary romance / women’s fiction. I live in coastal Essex with my husband and our two daughters. When I'm not making up stories and characters, I can usually be found with a glass of wine in one hand and a good book in the other. It makes it tricky to turn the pages. My favourite authors are Kate Morton, Lucinda Riley, Liz Fenwick, Jenny Ashcroft, Iona Grey and Holly Miller. I will even put the wine down to read anything by these fantastic writers.

My debut novel The Forgotten Village sold over 150,000 copies and was a Kindle Number 1 bestseller for over a fortnight. It spent four months in the Kindle Top 100, has eleven overseas/foreign language editions, won the Romantic Novelists' Association Katie Fforde Debut Romantic Novel of the Year Award and the RNA Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers. Follow me on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter for bookish ramblings.

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43 responses to “Book Review: The Man I Never Met by Elle Cook

  1. That sounds heartbreaking. I’m already curious to know what happened and if they will ever get to be together Amazing review, Wendy!

  2. I love stories like this! I don’t know why but people meeting each other and getting to know each other virtually first intrigues me. Excellent review!

  3. This sounds like an interesting book. Unfortunately, a reviewer on NetGalley included a content “warning” which was actually a spoiler! I can’t imagine why she would do that. I wanted to go into the book with a clean slate as it involves such an interesting personal mystery. Your review is good, Wendy!

    • Oh wow. I’m so glad I did not read the spoiler. I was surprised when I found out the reason, and I’m so glad I didn’t know ahead of time.

  4. I loved this review Wendy! I wasn’t aware of this book and it sounds like something I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing about it.

  5. Great review, Wendy! I’ve seen this book around before in the book community and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a negative review for it. I do hope that in the end Davey and Hannah got to be together. Thanks for sharing!