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The Waiting Game: Learning to breathe again

Jessica Thompson

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Adult & contemporary romance

How long would you wait? The beautifully warm and moving novel from an up-and-coming novelist who has been described as 'John Green for the twenty-something generation'.

'The moon was speckled like a bird's egg. It hung reliably in the blackness above Will Turnbull and Nessa Grier who sat side by side on a bench as the leaves fell around them, landing softly on the thick, wet grass. Their knees were just touching, hearts pounding hard.'

Nessa Bruce waits for her husband to come through the double doors. She'd waited for him to return home from Afghanistan for what felt like forever, and now the moment was finally here. But Jake isn't... Jake Bruce hasn't come home, and it looks like he never will.

Nessa's life - and that of her daughter Poppy - is turned upside down in an instant. What has happened to the elusive man at the centre of their world? They hold onto the hope that he is still out there somewhere, alive... but as time passes by, Nessa is forced to look at her life, at the decisions she has made and the secrets she has kept. For maybe somewhere within it all lies the answer to the question she's desperate to answer - where is the man she loves?

The Waiting Game is perfect for reading groups with lots of twists and turns, and big topics such as mental ilness, discussed in a fresh and sensitive way.

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Praise for The Waiting Game: Learning to breathe again

  • Praise for Jessica Thompson - :

  • Reminiscent of One Day, this moving, quirky love story is sob-inducingly romantic. - Closer

  • A triumph. - Daily Mail

  • A very modern romance, this is a sweet, witty and likeable love story. - Sunday Mirror

  • You'll want to take notes so you can tame your own commitment-phobe next time. - Now

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Jessica Thompson

Jessica Thompson is a multimedia journalist working for a series of newspapers in London. She is a keen runner and loves to sing. Jessica lives in North London and this is her first novel. You can find out more information on Facebook at

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