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London, Can You Wait? continues the story of Alex Sinclair and Mark Keegan from LBTM, plus we get to check in with Lucy, Freddie, Harry, Naomi, Tom, and even some new friends in this follow-up.
About a year after the first book, and nearing the second anniversary for Alex and Mark, they’re finding that things aren’t quite as rosy as they were before. Mark’s no longer a struggling actor, having found fame and become a huge star in his own right. Alex, however, is now struggling after the great success of her play, Thirteen, and is dealing with her anxiety again. Balancing her personal life with Mark being away for long stretches as well as her professional life with her attempts to get any of her latest plays off the ground makes it hard for Alex not to slip back into her old ways.
Mark’s workaholic tendencies make it even harder for Alex to deal with their relationship, especially as their personal time seems to constantly be taking a backseat to fan demands or even the impromptu trip to a convention in Birmingham when all Alex wanted was a romantic weekend at home with her man. It’s clear that Mark misses Alex as well, but his constant cancelling or rescheduling of their vacations and time together really becomes an issue for their relationship.
When in Dublin where Mark is working during their anniversary, Alex is confronted with an emotional rollercoaster that will alter the course of their relationship and set them on a path that does not seem like it will be able to converge again. As you continue along and read what’s going on with both of these characters, you can’t help but feel your heart break along with theirs as you watch the progression of their stories.
I found myself crying at the end of the book, which I won’t spoil for you — but I was beyond thrilled with how it ended. I loved LBTM and could not wait once I found out there would be a sequel to it to find out what was going on with these characters that I saw so much of myself in. I was definitely not disappointed in how the story played out, and the tears I cried were tears of happiness for how everything ended. Another great story by Jacquelyn Middleton, an author who has firmly secured her place as one of my favorites!
One of my favorite aspects of the book is the fact that Alex deals with Anxiety and panic attacks. It briefly talked about them in the first book, but didn’t really dive into that part of her character. Throughout this book though it becomes a major part of the story, and at some point, Alex decides that she can’t handle this alone anymore and seeks professional help. She sees a therapist who helps her deal with her anxiety in a healthy way, teaching her ways to prevent her attacks and throughout the process, helping her discover who she is a as a person. I love how the author, Jacquelyn Middleton, portrays this throughout the book. She gives truth and reality to it. I see a lot of YA and New Adult books, who typically glaze over issues with anxiety or other mental illnesses and not really tackle it head on. As someone who deals with anxiety on a daily basis, I very much appreciated the way that she wrote this. Yes, Anxiety was a part of Alex’s life, but, as she worked through her issues, it was no longer something that defined her. There’s that fine balance where one step in either direction would have made the issue unbelievable, but Jacquelyn did an amazing job with this part of the story.
The cast of characters in this duology are very diverse, but it isn’t obvious about it. While the main plot of the book is the romance between Mark and Alex, which can get a little steamy at times, there are many other characters with their own subplots and their own stories.
This duology has quickly become one of my favorite contemporaries this year. (I know it’s only January!) I cannot recommend it enough!
P.S. On a personal note, I'm so thankful for how Jacquelyn talks about mental health issues and treatment. It really touches me as someone who had issues in this area. Just beautifully done.
This book follows an anxious Alex as she struggles to balance a relationship that is more long-distance than expected and her playwriting that hasn't taken off as well as she liked.
This book reminds us that sometimes we have to take a step back and do what is best for ourselves instead of hiding it.
I attempted to prevent another 3am read on the tails of reading London Belongs to Me by doing a quick spoiler hunt. Even though I knew what happened, I still stayed up late to see how it happened and how Middleton handled writing it! She has cemented her place on my go-to author pile.