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Unexpected Lessons in Love

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  682 ratings  ·  161 reviews
From the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of Where the Light Gets in and All I Ever Wanted

'Real, heart-breaking - I loved it' Katie Fforde

What happens when 'I do' turns into 'I don't know'?

Jeannie always wanted to fall in love, and now shes finally got the whirlwind romance she dreamed of. Dans gorgeous, hes a successful young vet, and he flew her to New York and proposed
Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 30th 2019 by Bantam Press
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Emer (A Little Haze)
I've read a few Lucy Dillon books in the past and always found them to be incredibly well written with great heart and touching storylines. And I was pleased to discover that this book, Unexpected Lessons in Love, is no different.

It's a lovely easy read that I happily got lost in over the course of two days. The novel follows the story of Jeannie who is just about to get married after a whirlwind relationship. However on the way to the church Jeannie questions if she truly loves Dan her husband
Fabulous Book Fiend
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book and was hooked from the first page. I loved getting to know Jeannie and her life. I loved seeing her grow and develop over the course of this novel and it was just an absolute delight at every turn. If you like very character driven books and you like books with lovely dogs in then Lucy Dillon is the author for you.

I just absolutely loved how this book unfurled itself with the turns of every page, or the start of every chapter. I ended up listening to the audiobook
It's Jeannie and Dan's wedding day but Dan gets injured on the way to the wedding and Jeannie starts to realise that maybe she doesn't know Dan very well at all.

As Dan lies in hospital Jeannie starts a new life in a new village alone, trying to understand this man she was going to marry based on stories from his family and friends, trying to find a motivation for herself.

Given the blurb it's difficult to say more without giving away huge spoilers.

I enjoyed this, I enjoyed the characters and the
Karen Whittard
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucy Dillon is a master storyteller. Every single book that she writes makes my heart sore. This one is no different and is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. It teaches you about, love, hope, marriage, relationships and happiness and is the perfect read for everybody who is a fan of chicklit and romance. I adored it.
Joanna Park
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this beautifully written, emotional read which has stayed with me since I finished reading it. I loved the fact that it was deeper than I expected and wasnt just a pure romance book.

Jeannie was an interesting main character who I took a little while to warm to. She seemed kind of silly when we first meet her and I felt that even though it was brave of her to call off the wedding she could have done it a lot earlier. As the story progresses and we learn more about her I started
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my first Lucy Dillon book and it was quite a treat because of the doggoes! Jeannie and Dan meet online and have a whirlwind romance, and when he proposes 5 months later, she said yes! Then, the doubts start creeping in. On her wedding day, she gets cold feet and realises that she does not know him very well after all! And wants to call off the wedding! Her father, an adorable character who I wish were featured more, is supportive of her decision (or indecision!). Alas! As fate would have ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another gorgeous book by one of my favourite authors. You really can't beat chick lit with dog characters!
Emma Crowley
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it
It feels like it has been forever since I have read a book by the wonderful author that is Lucy Dillon. But now having finished the gorgeous read that was Unexpected Lessons in Love, I think I can safely say that this was the right book with which to reacquaint myself with Lucy's writing. This is a lovely, easy read that I read in two sittings as the chapters just seem to fly by. It's an ideal read for this time of year when you might be too busy to settle down into reading something really ...more
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
After meeting online and a whirlwind romance, Dan proposes to Jeannie on a romantic trip away and then suddenly all too soon its the day of the wedding and in the car to the church last minute doubts get to her and she has one last chance to put the brakes on. However those actions have repercussions that she never could have imagined and thus we go to the heart of the story.

I have to admit I didnt like Jeannie very much at first. I cant imagine that you wouldnt make that decision much earlier
Rachel Gilbey
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've always said that Lucy Dillons' best books are ones that featured our four legged canine friends, and this is no exception. Amongst the themes in this book there is a strong anti puppy farming message, and watching Rachel, Natalie and Jeannie help three rescued families of dogs from a puppy farm, learn to trust humans and how to just be dogs is incredibly heartwarming.

Although it's not the key story line it was the one that I definitely enjoyed the most. The main thrust of this book is
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 ✧

Unexpected Lessons in Love finds Jeannie, with cold feet, about to marry Dan. She bravely decides to call off the wedding at the same time that Dan is in an accident and ends up in a coma.

This started off good, I liked the writing but not the POV in this one. I'm usually not fussy unless it reads weird. My rating isn't great but I did read this book at a bad time, I've been super busy. That's probably the reason that when the plot started to drag (Dan still in a coma), I really gave up a
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ive read all of Lucys books and know that I can rely on them to be easy, enjoyable reads and this was definitely the case in this, her latest novel. The main storyline follows Jeannie & Dan and what happens on their wedding day. There is a good mix of characters and it wasnt immediately obvious (to me anyway) which direction the story was going to take.

3-4 stars
Jo Shaw
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Its always difficult to write a review without a few tiny spoilers. Im going try to be careful here, and say that what happens just before the wedding causes Jeannie to reevaluate her decision to pull out of the wedding, although because of that twist of fate the wedding is put on hold.

I felt hugely empathetic towards Jeannie because the decision she makes is a selfless one. It might not, however, be the right one for her. Her personal growth within the story line is immense and I wanted so
Narelle Richards
I'm so excited every time I have the opportunity to read a book by Lucy Dillon so thank you NetGalley and the publishers for allowing me to read this book early. I always know to read her books with a box of tissues nearby and time on my hands because once I start I won't be stopping. 'Unexpected Lessons in Love' allows us to see what happens when a romantic proposal that is leading to a perfect wedding doesn't always mean a happy ending and love that 'snaps' into place. Jeannie, a talented ...more
Sally Tyrer
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Vicki Bowles
This book was ok; but didn't have me hooked. It was pleasant enough, but the characters didn't really engage me that much. The plot was good; showing her guilt at wanting to stop the wedding and then not being able to tell anyone after the accident - quite a dilemma! And her reluctance to see Owen is understandable, but something just didn't gel with the book for me.
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
With many contemporary, women's fiction it's quite easy to see where the story is going to lead to. But, with Unexpected Lessons In Love it takes us on a journey of discovery, and the ending isn't as clear cut as what we would expect.

Jeannie is a character that you grow to love through the story. The story opens on Brooklyn Bridge, where Dan does the most romantic gesture of proposing to his love Jeannie. It's a whirlwind romance. They met online and within five months are getting married. How
Sandie Bishop
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of Lucy' Dillon's writing, but as a cynical divorcee I am not a great believer in romance. I have to say what grabbed my attention to read this book about a wedding was the tag line 'what happens when "I do" turns into "I don't know". That's far more interesting to me.
Dan and Jeannie met on an online dating app, the majority of their courtship has been spent on weekends away doing all the fun stuff. They haven't really gone into the deep conversations or had humdrum daily
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeannie and Dan are about to get married, after a whirlwind romance, romantic proposal on Brooklyn Bridge in New York and lovely time spent together. But now, shortly before the ceremony, Jeannie starts to have second thoughts - do they really know each other well enough? Does she truly loves Dan, enough to spent her whole life with him? Jeannie makes a decision that is going to change their lives but before it happens, fate decides to interfere and everything suddenly changes and makes Jeannie ...more
Megan Jones
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Jeannie always wanted to fall in love, and now shes finally got the whirlwind romance she dreamed of. Dans gorgeous, hes a successful young vet, and he flew her to New York and proposed on Brooklyn Bridge. Jeannie has to remind herself this is actually her life. It seems too perfect, too magical, to be real. Yet it is. But now shes on her way to the wedding she cant shake off the tight sensation crushing her chest. Is it just nerves or is this all happening a bit too fast? Jeannie has one last ...more
Jacqueline  sharp
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have never read any of Lucy Dillons books before, so this was a treat for me. You are in your wedding dress, sitting in the back of a Rolls Royce car getting nearer and nearer to your wedding, your dad is by your side, and you realise you might be making a mistake. Is it nerves? Do you love the man you are going to marry? Can you call it off when you are only 2 miles away? These are the thoughts going through Jeannies head as she heads towards marrying Dan.

But then things change, things you
What would you do if you realised you were getting cold feet on your wedding day? Would you go through with it, even when you're having misgivings? Or would you try to stop the wedding before it happens? Especially if you feel as though you don't really know the man you're supposed to marry?

Jeannie finds herself in this very situation in Lucy Dillon's Unexpected Lessons in Love. And while the set-up may have you thinking this story is going to be similar to the Julia Roberts vehicle, Runaway
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
What happens when I do turns into I dont know?

This is my first book by Lucy Dillon and I really adored it. When Jeannie has a severe case of cold feet on route to her wedding she has to act quickly before its too late. From that moment on nothing goes quite the way she expects. Heartbreak, love and friendship are there to help her along the way to discover her true path.

Unexpected Lessons in Love filled me with so many different emotions. Tears were spilled, smiles were given, and love felt. As
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
After meeting online and a whirlwind romance, Dan proposes to Jeannie on a romantic trip away and then suddenly all too soon its the day of the wedding and in the car to the church last minute doubts get to her and she has one last chance to put the brakes on. However those actions have repercussions that she never could have imagined and thus we go to the heart of the story.

There is so much depth and substance to this story. I was totally absorbed by Jeannies dilemma and in the circumstances
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This is the first book of Lucys I have read, and I did enjoy it very much.

Jeannie always wanted to be loved, a true love that every girl deserves. Dan is a vet and meets Jeannie on a dating site, and she is the perfect girl for him.

On their wedding day things take a turn for the worst, Jeannie is having second thoughts and Dan is involved in a serious accident and ends up in a coma.

What follows is a story of a woman who is determined not to leave Dan during his recovery, a man who has hidden
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We first meet Jeannie, the main character, on her way to her wedding. She suddenly panics, realising that the whirlwind romance with gorgeous vet Dan, has all happened too fast. As she confesses to her dad that she cant go through with the wedding, fate takes a very cruel and unexpected turn.

During the following months, Jeannie finds herself living in a cottage next to the vet practice, where her fiance was working. She makes friends with Rachel who runs a dog rescue alongside the veterinary
Sara Oxton
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Unexpected Lessons in Love by Lucy Dillon a four-star love of a read. At times this was a five-star read but overall, it just dragged a little in places, but I loved the premise of the story and the direction it took blew me away with the strength of writing. Jeannie is a very well-rounded character, I loved the inner quandaries and worries, watching her grow into herself was possible the best part of this story, it made her so relatable and easy to read. I enjoyed this novel more than the last ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful read! Absolutely adored this book.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous book! 😍
Sandie Bishop
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tears of happiness and sadness as the revelations and events of Jeannie's life unfold. Full of truths about love and being true to yourself this is yet another lovely book from Lucy Dillon. Loved every page (except the sad ones which had me heartbroken).
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Lucy Dillon was born in Cumbria, worked for a while in publishing in London, and now lives in the Wye Valley with her husband and their Border terrier. She has written eight novels set in the fictional Midlands town of Longhampton, which looks a bit like Hereford, although the inhabitants tend to sound rather more Northern than that.

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