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The Trouble with Henry and Zoe

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Henry and Zoe have more in common than they realise. For a start, they both have pasts they'd rather leave behind.

After jilting his childhood sweetheart on the eve of their wedding in the small town where they both grew up, Henry runs away to London, planning to reinvent himself and start afresh.

Zoe has her own healing to do and so she plans to leave London, travel the wor
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ebook, 400 pages
Published July 1st 2016 by Simon Schuster UK
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
The Trouble with Henry and Zoe by Andy Jones is a romance novel - but not as we know it.

Forget schmaltzy. Forget Mills and Boon. Forget champagne at midnight and floaty dresses. Forget Paris and long lingering looks.

This is real life romance; warts, misunderstandings, tempers and all.

From the first flush of romance, Zoe and Alex seemed like the ideal couple. But lately Zoe has been having second thoughts. Alex has changed. Perhaps he is having an affair. Perhaps she has fallen out of love. Per
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Carolyn
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely romance about two unconventional people. Each has narrowly escaped being in the wrong relationship and neither is looking for another relationship just yet. Henry is a dentist who has fled his home town and found work in London hairderessing with a bit of dentistry on the side. Zoe is an ex-lawyer who left a stressful job to become an editor of children's books. In alternating chapters, they tell us about their past and current lives so that we get to know them well before they ...more
Magdalena
Beautiful, wonderfully written 'The Trouble with Henry and Zoe' is a tender, heart-warming read.
Henry and Zoe are two people with past, two people who did things they're not proud of, two people trying to find themselves, to find what is important to them and trying to make peace with choices they made. The story is told through both their eyes allowing the reader to get to know them both and to get their perspective on things. Both complex characters, flawed, but so human and relatable.
With po
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Marianne
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Trouble With Henry And Zoe is the third novel by British author, Andy Jones. Zoe Goldman has a plan. Her family and close friends are sympathetic now that her life has been turned upside down, but they’d never understand the guilt she feels. As clichéd as it sounds, she needs to get away and find herself. To fund her plan, Zoe works her daytime publishing job and does nights at the Duck and Cover.

After what he did, Henry Smith had to leave the Peaks village where he was born: there was no-on
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Bianca
The Trouble with Henry and Zoe is a modern romance novel, where the main protagonists are ... - you've guessed it! - Henry and Zoe.

Henry is a dentist who ran away to London after leaving his fiance at the altar. He's not very proud of himself. When in London he works as a part-time hairdresser, one-day per week as a dentist.

Zoe has something painful to deal with as well. She used to be a very stressed lawyer, but not she's an editor at the publishing house.

When Zoe and Henry meet, their connecti
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marlin1
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, netgalley
Having read Andy Jones's previous novel 'The Two of Us' and being surprised about how much I enjoyed it, I'm glad to say that I loved 'The Trouble With Henry and Zoe'.
I don't really read a lot of books by male authors unless they are thrillers....and this is not but there is something about the way that Andy Jones writes that is so true to life.

Henry has just woken on up the day of his marriage wondering if he is doing the right thing. Running out in the early dawn of a 12 year relationship with
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Aggie Unsworth
I have been approached by the publicist about this book and while its not my favourite genre i do sometimes like to read a good chick lit. I haven't read one in a while so it was certainly the right time. The Trouble with Henry and Zoe is the story, of well Henry and Zoe. Starting with two separate stories really. Henry's story begins on his wedding day, where he finds himself really unsure weather he really loves his childhood sweetheart or not. Making a tough decision he runs away to London. Z ...more
Sarah
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Having read and loved The Two of Us by this author I couldn’t wait to read more.

Henry is quite a complex character. He is a dentist as well as a hair dresser. I don’t think there is anything he isn’t good at apart from relationships. Breaking off his wedding with Alice has done himself no favours in the small community where he is from. Even his mum and dad are struggling to come to terms with what he has done, never mind the bride to be!

Zoe is quite different to Henry. She is quite settled with
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Kruimel
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
schoontje. Ik hou ervan hoe deze auteur de relaties tussen zijn personages uitdiept en van de niet kleffe, maar levensechte eindes.
Sharon Mckinlay
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story. A different take on the romance type of story. Henry & Zoe were great characters & I would love to read what happens next!
Michelle Ryles
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galleys-read
After discovering Andy Jones when I read The Two Of Us, I've kept a keen eye out for further releases from him. He's one of those authors that can make you laugh and cry; in fact one of the things I always remark on when reading his books is the humour. Just like real life, there are ups and downs in Andy's books but one thing I can always count on is that there is sure to be a laugh right around the corner.

The book starts with stories of two separate lives, two people who haven't met each other
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Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Whilst spending most of my time sitting on the fence for the duration of this novel, nothing could prepare me for the modern day spin on the forever changing topic that is 'romance'. If you're after a 'boy meets girl falls in love has babies and everything is utter perfection' type novel, then with all due respect, this book isn't for you. But, if you want to read a book which makes your spousal arguments look like a number one literary bestseller then, by all means, grab that bar of chocolate a ...more
Katie
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Trouble With Henry and Zoe is an enjoyable, heart-warming read that I felt was similar in style to One Day.

Henry is about to be married to April, when on the eve of his wedding, he escapes and leaves April. Zoe is in a relationship with Alex but she's not happy, she thinks he's cheating.

The book is told by alternate chapters so we really get to know what's going on with both Henry and Zoe before they do actually meet. I found this style to be great to read, it was interesting to read from
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Jo
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Henry and Zoe are two troubled characters who through the course of the book are brought together. Henry is a dentist who does hairdressing as a sideline but who also dumped his fiancee at the altar. Zoe was having doubts about her relationship with Alex when he was unexpectedly involved in an accident and died. This isn't a happy chick lit book and is quite sad in placed but I did enjoy it. Thank you to TBC and the author for the chance to read this title.
Zuzana Malá
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-kindle, palmknihy
Tak tohle mi zlomilo srdce na miliony kousíčků.. <3
Samuel Tyler
Oct 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Stop for a moment and look down at your belly, in the centre you should have something that looks a little bit like a button. It may be an innie, or an outie, but just consider it for a few moments. Do you feel better? Nope, you shouldn’t do as all that navel-gazing does is make you overthink things. However, without the concept a million romantic books would never be written as without the human compulsion to destroy things around them, how can any tension arise?

Henry is one such over thinker;
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Wendy
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Take one fully qualified dentist, with a keen mind for recalling the subtle details of old movies, who seeks peace and quiet after jilting fiancée at the altar. Fled home town to avoid a lynch mob that can’t forgive him for said unforgiveable action. Also excels at pub quizzes and cuts a mean graduated bob. [Henry]

Mix gently with a scrabble obsessed publisher who has a peculiar streak of grey hair and a habit of comparing her past conquests to her DJ boyfriend. Currently lost, but hoping to stum
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Jody
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review first posted on my blog 'A Spoonful of Happy Endings': http://spoonfulofhappyendings.blogspo...

Henry never planned on leaving the small town he grew up in. Yet, when he decides to leave his childhood sweetheart April the day before their wedding because he's afraid he doesn't love her enough, he doesn't see any other choice than to go to London and start over. Zoe is content with her life with her boyfriend Alex, even though she can't help but have some doubts every now and again. Then he
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Linda Hill
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Henry has cold feet on the eve of his wedding to Alice. Zoe isn’t entirely sure Alex is the one she wants to spend the rest of her life with. When Henry and Zoe’s paths cross, life has taken a different route to the one they might have imagined.

I thought The Trouble with Henry and Zoe was just glorious. It is perfectly observed and so refreshing in style. I loved the way chapter headings reflected the chapter content – not least because they made me think. I didn’t always agree that the chapter
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ダンカン
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-novels
I was moved. I had realized. I was surprised. Although I was not overwhelm, it was good enough.

The Trouble with Henry and Zoe is the latest outing from Andy Jones, whom the first time I read The Two of Us renew my faith. Henry and Zoe are two different people growing up differently. Unexpectedly, they have some thing in common, similarities that both of them cannot explain. When they first met, they had their troubles in the past - Henry ran away from a supposed marriage; Zoe was about to make a
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Monique
I received a copy of this book for free through NetGalley

3.5 stars

I will admit that this took me a little while to get into, but before I knew it I was hooked.

Andy Jones has created two flawed characters who fit seamlessly together. The plot is a little predictable at points but the chemistry between Zoe and Henry keeps you pushing through. Both characters have their own shit going on when they first meet and embark on their shared journey and I couldn't help but feel for them in different ways
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Evie
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you like old movies and quirky love stories, then this book is for you. This enjoyable rom-com has a lot of heart and asks a very important question: Does a graduated bob suit everybody? But even more important than that, it deals with the very thorny business of being in a relationship with someone you don't love. In fact this entire novel deals with all aspects of love and relationships, from parents to friends, to lovers and one's self. Full of light-hearted moments, this a novel full of e ...more
Arkgirl
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Henry and Zoe both meet after traumatic events but we have a build up that helps us engage with them as individuals before they ultimately meet, a meeting that you know is coming because of the book title!!
Both these characters are rounded and flawed, but people you warm to as the story progresses. This is a book that has some lovely depth to the cast with some delightful humour and warmth occurring through the leads interactions with peripheral characters - Jenny, Gus, Winston and Rachel all a
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Nicola Clough
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a new author for me but will read more as loved this book was well written and great characters and story line was really good. Henry and Zoe have more in common than they think but can they both decide what they want in life and if it is with each other. Henry left his partner at the alter as knew he couldn't go ahead so fled to London yet Zoe wants to leave London as her partner dies in an accident and she decided she wants to travel but can they both heal and move forward. An easy re ...more
Sabrina
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Grootste nadeel was dat het veel te snel uit was...
Douglas Black
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Trouble with Henry and Zoe is a well written and engaging novel which is both moving and surprising. Although it took me a little while to get into the book, once I did I was pretty much hooked. The lead characters are well-drawn and all the more likeable because they have obvious flaws and make stupid mistakes. This novel is light-hearted and emotional in equal measure and I would thoroughly recommend it.
Karen Peterman
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love love this book!! A complete change from my usual psychological thrillers I nonetheless could not put it down. A romantic novel but charming, clever, subtle and beautifully written - it's about love, life, making choices and being honest - with yourself and your partner.

Henry jilts his fiancée - his teenage sweetheart from the village where he and his now ex-fiancée both grew up and live. The dentist son of a pub landlord, Henry knows everyone in the village and they all know him - and wh
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Nicola Mitchell
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Took a while to get the hang of the story as it zipped between the two lives of the main characters. The story starts in the middle of the action, where we first meet Henry. Had to go back on a few occasions to check the facts. I was soon in the swing and enjoyed their life stories of woe and exultation. Would recommend this book.
Jaqui
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly bittersweet ... An unexpected gem of a book

Well... I never expected to love this book as much as I did. I just wanted a lighter read after finishing The tattooist of Auschwitz. Yes, this book is lighter, modern day dilemmas and relationships; but it is far from shallow and very sensitively and beautifully written. The pace is fine, the plot more than fine. I liked the contrasting chapters Henry Zoe Henry Zoe both perspectives believable - Mr. Jones getting under the skin of both a male and
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Misfits farm
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 * Henry is about to marry April. The trouble is he has had a nagging feeling for a while and he is not sure if he should go through with it. Her parents are paying for a very grand wedding along with a new home for the couple. Should he proceed or disappoint them all? Zoe and Alex have been together for a while and Zoe feels in a bit of a rut and not feeling about Alex like she did- or should. Suddenly things change and life throws a curveball. This is a book about characters- ones you may r ...more
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