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You, Me and the Movies

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He only speaks in movie references but they make her remember everything...

After a marriage which threatened her entire sense of self, Arden Hall is divorced, doing a lacklustre job and living a quiet, rather unexciting life. But one day, visiting a friend in a London hospital, she suddenly re-encounters her former lover from thirty years ago, charismatic Film Studies
Published April 4th 2019 by Transworld Digital
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This is one for movie obsessives and film fans, Fiona Collins writes a story of Arden Hall, with a narrative that goes back and forth in time, from when as a university student she embarked on an emotionally intense and passionate relationship that was everything, revolving around the classic movies she loved and watched with her lover, Film Studies lecturer, Mac Bartley-Thomas, a man who was the centre of her world. As is often the case, this all consuming youthful love affair was destined to ...more
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fabbiest
Bizarrely I saw a review for this book, 'imagine One Day with movies', One Day is my favourite book and that review made me need this book in my life. When will I learn, these beautiful plain cover books can smash your heart, make you ugly cry and leave you broken.

I have been swept up in these pages, it's all been so vivid, theres not a character I didnt bond with, root for, feel for. I've been swept away by giddiness and punched so hard in the stomach I'm not sure when I'm going to get over
Jun 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arcs

Thank you, NetGalley and Random House UK, for sending me an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review! :)
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can’t begin to say how much I LOVED this book. It had me laughing, falling in love and ultimately crying. The agony that is first love was very convincingly written and I was there with them in their private screening room, watching the classic movies that I too love so much. Life doesn’t end with the happily ever after drive off into the sunset of movies, and this story explores the ‘what next’ aspect of storytelling. #NetGalley
Rachel Gilbey
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Well this felt completely different to previous books from Fiona Collins - it was less humorous and more real life in feel.

If you are a big classic movie buff you will probably love this story, however I hadn't seen most of the films discussed in depth, and found I was skimming the sections where Arden and Mac were analysing the films. I just like watching films for the story and without looking for hidden messages.

Speaking of which I'm fairly sure there is a message within this book, it felt
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
“What happens after the happily after?”

You, Me and the Movies is a bittersweet, nostalgic contemporary-romance about tarnished fantasies, regrets and second chances

I’m not one for romance but I like a small dose now and then; something to lift me out of my moody spells and leave me sighing with a content, full heart. I also prefer my romance in the form of movies, with a dash of Hollywood magic. So when my book club mate, Michelle, mentioned You, Me and the Movies, it didn’t take long for a
Mary Torjussen
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It's such a great premise and the characters were wonderfully drawn. I was at university around the same time as Arden and so many memories flooded back when I read the book - not only the clothes and music and movies, but also the feelings of a young woman let loose on the world. She is a fantastic character. And Mac... well, I know Arden shouldn't have gone there, but I couldn't blame her at all! This is a book which would make a great Richard Curtis movie - it's feel-good ...more
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
What happens once the film has finished?

Arden is a survivor. She has left her abusive husband and although she is keeping people at arms length, she is fine.

Then one evening, after being persuaded to visit someone in hospital, as she is leaving the ward, her friend comments that another patient looks like Mac Bartley-Thomas. Mac was a lecturer at Warwick Uni when Arden had been a student there. Arden makes an excuse to go back to the ward to double check - and yes, the patient is Mac. This
Fay Flude
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To begin with I really did think this was going to be a middle of the road nostalgic look back at a first love romance. I am not even a particular fan of films. And yet this story gripped be hard and would not let me go! I stayed up to the early hours to finish it, which is usually a good sign!
Arden escaped her Marilyn Monroe look-a-like and film star wannabe Mum to go to Warwick University. There she meets a Film Studies lecturer and embarks upon an intense love affair with Mac.
The story moves
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DNF at 15%

This one was definitely a case of it is not the book, it was me.
Just not in the right headspace to finish this one at this time.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book, Super sweet, and I loved going between the different timelines. But, thought it would have a happier ending, but the ending was good.
Karen Whittard
Although this is a slower burner of a story. If you stick with it. I promise you will be rewarded at the end. Some great characters make up the cast of this book and it is a good story if you are willing to bear with it.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
‘Do you ever wonder what happens after the end of the movie?’ I say. ‘After all the decisions have been made, all the kissing has been done, the baddies have been banged up, the goodies have found the treasure? Do you wonder what comes next?’

You, Me and the Movies is a book that certainly grows on you with its bittersweet, nostalgic reflections about past regrets and future possibilities. This story alternates between present day middle aged Arden and her reminiscing about the great love affair
Jo Shaw
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I was contacted by Transworld Books and asked if I wanted to read this book and be a part of the blog tour, I was intrigued. The premise of the book sounded right up my street, as I love movies almost as much as I love books. Here is the blurb:

After a marriage which threatened her entire sense of self, Arden Hall is divorced, doing a lacklustre job and living a quiet, rather unexciting life. But one day, visiting a friend in a London hospital, she suddenly re-encounters her former lover
Emmie (Oncemorewithreading)
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
This book focuses on the life of Arden Hall. She’s recently divorced, doing a job she’s now finds boring and lives a very quiet life. One day while visiting a friend in hospital Arden stumbles across her former lover from thirty years ago when she was in university.
Mac Barley-Thomas was a charismatic Film Studies Lecturer who Arden found herself falling hopeless in love with but now he
Hannah Clarke (Love Books Actually)
Wow! No other words but wow what a story! Firstly this is a completely different genre to Fiona’s other books but I must admit this is my most favourite book of Fiona’s to date. I love that this book took me by surprise, I wasn’t expecting to feel such emotion for the characters and the plot. Long story short this book is simply about two souls connected through their love of movies and proving that it never matters how much time can pass between people, simple references or quotes can bring ...more
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
You me and the Movies by Fiona Collins is the first book that I have read by the author.
The story is about Arden Hall who in her university days had an affair with a Film Studies lecturer. Thirty years later, she finds him in a hospital bed and the only words that he can say are quotes from the films that they used to watch together. The story than alternates between present day and the pass and describes relationship between them both. And the life Arden has now. Divorced and alone.
I really
Sweet, frothy and heartbreaking all at the same time, You, Me And The Movies shows us the romance between film studies lecturer Mac Bartley-Thomas and student Arden as it unfolded decades earlier, showing us how it shaped their lives for years afterwards. It’s unusual because while you’re following their romance, shown in flashback, at the same time you’re also rooting for a very different love story.

It’s hard to say much more about the plot without giving it all away, but part of its charm was
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Arden and Mac had an affair back in the 80s when he was a lecturer and she was a student at the university. 30 years later Arden discovers Mac in a hospital bed while visiting a friend and proceeds to visit him. Mac has had a brain injury and quotes film titles that represent their history. Will Arden get her happy ever after?
This was not what I expected and in a good way/ it was more than some romantic chick lit but a beautiful love story and not ashamed to admit I cried a tear or two! Thank
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
A lovely book that is focused around the relationship of Mac & Arden. Arden has stumbled across a mute Mac years on from their original relationship and this explores past and present day and how they lived their relationship through the movies.

A beautiful story that deals with layers of complex issues as you delve deeper in.
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved this! Total surprise to begin reading it and find it was set at my uni with Arden living in two exact locations I lived in. A great read #netgalley
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review to follow. Amazing book!
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
You, Me and the Movies is the story of Arden Hall, who discovers the university lecturer she had an affair with on the same ward. She hasn't seen Mac in nearly 30 years, and after a car accident Mac is left unable to speak. As she visits him, he begins to utter words that only have relevance to Ardie and the time they spent together.

The story is then told in present time as Ardie visits Mac, and flashbacks to their time together 28 years ago.

Look, I quite enjoyed this book. I did, however, find
Caroline Kerdouci
This is an epic love story between Mac, a film studies lecturer at Warwick university and Arden, an undergraduate.
Their story is told from the viewpoint of Ardie, more than thirty years later when she meets Mac, simply by chance when visiting a friend in hospital in London. Mac has had a car accident and is unable to speak, the doctors unsure of his future. Narrated by Ardie, from Mac’s bedside, she reminisces about what she believes to be their great love affair. The narrative alternatives
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
My thanks to Netgalley and to Transworld Publishers, Penguin, Random House, Corgi Books for an ARC of this novel in return for an honest review. I requested it on the description, but regretted it almost immediately I began reading, but I ploughed determinedly on. Several times I was tempted to give up, but then read a passage that gave me hope that it might develop into something that was going to be OK. On reflection, after finishing the book, my problem was that if I couldn’t bond with the ...more
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
For anyone who knows me, they would know that films and movies are one of my big loves. Whereas my reading genres are more or less fixed, my film viewing is a little more eclectic, although I steer clear of horror in any format.

This book really appealed to me as not only was it romance-driven, it also brought several great movies to life.

The timeline jumps back and forth, starting with present-day Arden, who is just drifting along in life, not overly happy in her job and has escaped from a
Gemma Harris
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Arden Hall is a single mother having finally escaped her emotionally abusive marriage. Her grown son has moved out, she's stuck in a job she doesn't really like, her mother is quite frankly an awful person and her friends are now few and far between thanks to her manipulative husband. But one fatal day, Arden is visiting someone in hospital when she sees that an old University love is in the next bed having suffered a head injury. And so it begins.

What I really liked about this book is that it
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was sent a pre-publication copy of this book in return for an honest review.

I loved this book, really loved it, I read it over two evenings whilst on holiday and it just got me - I couldn't put it down.

Arden Hall has recently come out of an abusive relationship, she has a son, (not the son of the abusive partner) but lives alone and is trying to get her life back on track. Whilst visiting a friend in hospital, a chance encounter with an ex lover draws her back to happier times.

The book jumps
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
This is a nice work of chick-lit; it is written well, and not all of the characters were one-dimensional (except, her son, Julian, maybe a mother's love is blind to faults - but he was absolutely a cardboard cut-out of a character as he's presented to the reader). But, the dimension they're given is a tragic-backstory (or two) per person and that somewhat decreases the realness. Yes, we all have past hurts, but not every person has a cinematic/melodramatic/childhood trauma that exists just to be ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it

I had not come across any books by Fiona Collins before, but liked her idea of using films to drive the plot along, so decided to give You, Me and the Movies a try. Told in the first person, this is the story of Arden Hall. Quite by chance, when visiting a friend in hospital, she meets an old boyfriend from her student days who has been recently injured in a car accident. He recognises her, but is unable to say very much so whispers cryptic clues to films they watched together, and triggers
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Fiona Collins grew up in an Essex village and after stints in Hong Kong and London returned to the Essex countryside where she lives with her husband and three children. She has a degree in Film and Literature and has had many former careers including TV presenting in Hong Kong, traffic and weather presenter for BBC local radio and film/TV extra.

You can follow Fiona on Twitter @FionaJaneBooks or