This week’s That What He Said Thursday (#TWHST) meme features the voice of a secondary character in Emylia Hall‘s novel, The Swiss Affair, who definitely has the hots for the book’s heroine, Hadley Dunn.
Most of The Swiss Affair takes place in Lausanne, Switzerland. It’s the story of a “predictable” English girl who spends her second year of “uni” (as the English say) in a year-abroad program. Of course, taking a girl out of her “uneventful” routine is the perfect recipe for a love story. Or maybe it’s better to describe it as a “first-love” story. In fact, there are a couple first-loves in this book. (Or at least moments that could be construed as such.)
In this scene, Luca wears his heart on his sleeve and tells Hadley that he’s been having a crush on her.
“There’s someone else,” she says to him. But he persists. It’s really an awkward moment, because she doesn’t return the feeling, and he resorts to reminding her of their first kiss at a birthday party weeks ago.
“A kiss is always the start of something,” he says. You can almost hear him pleading: “Isn’t it?”
What would you say to something like that?
Surely, you’ve experienced that awkward moment when you’ve had to tell someone who was crushing on you that you weren’t crushing on him or her back.
The Swiss Affair is about first loves, friendship and the mysteries that bring people together or drive them apart.
Hadley being in a whole new world, and meeting new people opens her up to the possibility of expanding her social circle, and also to the love of her life. But it also opens her up to the possibility of having her heart broken in more ways than one.
I definitely enjoyed reading Emylia Hall’s The Swiss Affair. The pacing was just right, and the ending was enough of a surprise to me to follow Hadley’s quest for truth to its bittersweet end.
Next week’s “That’s What He Said” Thursday quote will also draw from The Swiss Affair…
Reading The Swiss Affair, I had the feeling that Hadley had several suitors or “love interests” whether she knew it or not. So next week’s #TWHST will also include another quote from another one of her male counterparts.
How to play #TWHST
The rules of participation are simple: Pick “a favorite line from your book boyfriend to his heroine. Keep in mind these are direct quotes from dialogue in a book.” Chapter Break — the masterminds behind this fabulous idea — has a whole list of quotes that date back to 2013!
You can add add your favorite line in the comments below this post–or add a link to your own blog post in the comment below. (Check out my last meme post here.)
In other news…
It’s been a minute since I last posted a #TWHST meme, because I have been busy. Yes, dear friends, I have published my first book (nonfiction) about designing a book marketing strategy. You can read all about it right here, or you can visit Amazon and buy it there.
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