Includes a free original soundtrack by musician Griffin Peterson.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.
At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.
Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…
From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, This Girl, and Losing Hope, Maybe Someday is destined to become another bestseller and long-lasting fan favorite
Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte
J&G: 5 ++++ Outstanding…..she’s done it again…stars!
‘Truths are written, never said.’
Jenny: Well, Gitte, I think we’ve just about run out of accolades to describe the uniquely beautiful talent that is Colleen Hoover. I’d love to spend a day inside her head! How does she manage to create such wonderful, relatable and truly engaging characters to life?
Gitte: I don’t know Jenny, but what I do know for sure, is that every time I pick up a new story by Colleen Hoover, I’m filled with nervous anticipation as well as excitement because she has a lot to live up to. I almost want to say she’s her own worst enemy, in the sense that her talent is sublime perfection and the expectations are already incredibly high before you even turn the first page. There’s no question in my mind, however, this was no exception. She went above and beyond. This lady is crazy talented and I’m in complete awe and feel very lucky to experience such intense beauty every time I read her work.
Jenny: Yep, and with Maybe Someday, we’re once again blessed with the presence of such beautifully written characters.This time, we get to meet another swoon-worthy incredibly sweet character, who’s a musician no less, who goes by the name of…be still my beating heart….Ridge. And what an absolute sweetheart he is, yet there is something unique about Ridge, but we’re not going to ruin a readers experience by revealing what this is. Readers really do need to discover so many aspects of this story for themselves don’t you agree, Gitte? It is the twists, turns and revelations which made this book so special, so unique and so captivating…..apart from the enchanting writing style of Colleen Hoover that is, and it is for that reason, our review won’t cover a lot about the story will it Gitte?
Gitte: Absolutely Jenny, I wish with all my heart that every single reader could go into this story blind just as I did. I was swept away instantly; connecting and falling in love with every single character. Smiling one minute; welling up with tears the next. My heart felt as if Colleen Hoover gently placed it into an implement of slow and steady emotional torture; increasing the pressure as I became immersed in Ridge and Sydney’s story.
‘I don’t feel guilty simply because I’m staring at her. I feel guilty for how it’s making me feel.’
Jenny: We meet Sydney when she enters Ridge’s life after she is cheated on and betrayed in the worst possible way. Left to pick up the pieces in her life, she strikes up a friendship with Ridge who is stumped creatively and struggling to come up with lyrics for his band Sounds of Cedar. Sydney helps Ridge with both inspiration and through friendship, but soon realises there are feelings between them both that are going beyond the realms of working and friendship. There is a definite and deep attraction on both sides, yet a relationship between them is fraught with complications and obstacles, mostly concerning the heart which cause problems all round.
Gitte: The obstacles were definitely in abundance; however some more ill-timed and overwhelming, others emotionally consequential. The beauty with which they were written was of such intensity that I felt the butterflies; that momentous moment when one half meets its match; the half that makes it whole. It was wonderfully epic, poignant and breathtaking. Love in adversity is never an easy path to travel, no more so, when faced with love in two different guises that call to a different instinctual protection, adoration and a full claiming of the heart. A heart that is otherwise taken and true in its basic honesty at its very core and definition.
Jenny: There is a lot to Maybe Someday and Colleen Hoover certainly put us through our paces that’s for sure!. Each character, including secondary characters, play such a pivotal role throughout the story and each took a piece of my heart. The way the music is intrinsically woven through this story is breathtaking and one scene in particular had me sobbing my heart out with its pure beauty and emotion. Being a music lover I got it, I embraced it and it moved me so passionately and implicitly. The music really does add a whole new depth to the reading experience of Maybe Someday don’t you think Gitte?
Gitte: Does it ever Jenny! Music is extremely important to me. Music has an uncanny way of healing, inspiring as well as enhancing any emotion felt, at any given time. There is a song, a lyric or even a melody for everything you could possible feel or be moved to feel. Music brings hope, love and inspiration. Music can also quite simply make you want to do a crazy dance whilst singing along to the lyrics in the need of dispelling the cobwebs, the sadness or the ordinary. Music can make something ordinary – extraordinary. In the case of Maybe Someday, in some respects it did just that, when you compare Colleen to herself, if such a thing is possible. Though there’s nothing ordinary about Colleen Hoover; her characters or her stories. The passion of the musical element bleeds through Maybe Someday making it into something even more incredibly extraordinary.
Jenny: To me there was no clear resolution that I could think of for Maybe Someday and I was feeling perplexed and my heart was breaking wondering how this could end. I was concerned at how I would feel at its conclusion because I loved all the characters deeply and equally, so much so that I thought my heart was being torn in different directions. In fact, I remember being about 80% into the book and thinking….”how the hell is Colleen Hoover going to write herself out of this one ?” because I had no idea how I wanted this end. Now this is where the sheer brilliance of this author came into play because she did it! She had me feeling comforted and happy despite my misgivings. She didn’t just take the easy road either, nope, she made me sweat it out and she turned me into an emotional wreck as the story intensified to its climax. She broke my heart and she mended it and she left me in a happy place and she managed to do all this without compromising a single character. Absolute brilliance!!! How did you feel Gitte?
‘It’s the girl who planted herself between me and my maybe someday.’
Gitte: How did I feel? Amazed…awed….astounded, I could go on. Maybe Someday grabs a situation, we’ve read about many times – agonised over even, by the scruff of the neck and discards it, creating a unique and wholly different concept. What happens if you love and connect with every character involved just like I did with Ridge, Sydney and Maggie? What happens when push comes to shove and a choice has to be made? Does the Author force it upon the reader? Does the Author write herself into a corner thus letting her much loved characters suffer precisely because of just that?
Colleen Hoover did something extraordinary, something I’ve never experienced. She didn’t force the hand, she didn’t hurt her characters or the reader in the process, she even infused humour where it was needed. She showed the ultimate respect. She wrote something so magnificent that slowly breaks your heart for all concerned, then slowly and diligently stitches that heart back together again with respect, love and unreserved devotion. No, Colleen doesn’t take the easy way; she takes the unique beautiful and respectful way.
‘Hey, heart. Are you listening? You and I are officially at war.’
Jenny: Now, I have to say here that I read an early copy of this book which contained the epilogue. To me this was an integral part of the story and for me personally, I felt it was imperative that it be included because that epilogue left me feeling contented and I needed to hear it. Whilst I’m gutted it wasn’t included I am happy readers can access it and implore readers to check it out after finishing the book as I feel it’s a necessity! It goes without saying I fell in love with this book. This author is yet to disappoint. She has a talent and a flair for telling a breathtaking story that takes it to another level and I will never tire of hearing what she has to say. Maybe Someday ticked all the boxes for me. I laughed, I cried, I hoped, I swooned. I loved!
“Sometimes in life, we need a few bad days in order to keep the good ones in perspective.”
Gitte: The splendour and the beautiful writing of Maybe Someday made it so that I loved, sympathised and cared for every single character that played a part. I felt a crazy protectiveness for Ridge, Maggie and Sydney. I wanted them happy, I wanted them to find just what they were looking for, what they ultimately needed, what made them whole. I have to agree with Jenny; the epilogue should have been included; I needed that epilogue. I was fully invested, in a protective mode of everyone concerned. Of needing to know that the finality, the consequential fate was all encompassing. I needed to know everyone was okay. Then I did, my heart felt whole and I cried at the incredible extraordinary talent of Colleen Hoover.
‘I’ve learned that the heart can’t be told when and who and how it should love. The heart does whatever the hell it wants to.’
Click on the link below for the deleted Epilogue from Maybe Someday
Password is the last word of the last chapter of the book:
THE MAYBE SOMEDAY SERIES