Book Review: How I Wonder What You Are, by Jane Lovering

Maybe he wasn’t here because of the lights – maybe they were here because of him …

how i wonder what you are

It’s been over eighteen months since Molly Gilchrist has had a man (as her best friend, Caro, is so fond of reminding her) so when she as good as stumbles upon one on the moors one bitterly cold morning, it seems like the Universe is having a laugh at her expense.

But Phinn Baxter (that’s Doctor Phinneas Baxter) is no common drunkard, as Molly is soon to discover; with a PhD in astrophysics and a tortured past that is a match for Molly’s own disastrous love life.

Finding mysterious men on the moors isn’t the weirdest thing Molly has to contend with, however. There’s also those strange lights she keeps seeing in the sky. The ones she’s only started seeing since meeting Phinn …


You know how to grab a girls attention? Start your book by finding a beautiful man butt naked and unconscious on the moors. Yup, that’ll do it. Hooked from the start. Well played, Jane, well played.

This is the first I’ve read of Jane’s books, and also the first I’ve read from Choc Lit publishers. Having heard a lot of great things about both, I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed.

I loved the characters of both Phinn (I reaaally loved Phinn!!) and Molly. They both had issues and demons from the past. She’s hiding, he’s running, but they are both sweet, goodhearted people at their core, just feeling at odds with things around them. I loved seeing the relationship between them develop, as the chemistry was obvious from the start and their interactions were wonderful.

The lights that mysteriously appeared around the same time Phinn did are kept magically mysterious right until the end, which kept you wanting answers. Other things are kept unknown such as Molly’s awful relationship with her mother, which is not explained for a long time. As this was Molly’s big secret in her life, Jane worked this really well with keeping it a secret from the reader too.

How I Wonder What You Are ticked all the boxes for me; it was romantic, cute, funny, engaging and mysterious. The ending was entirely satisfying in that warm-and-fuzzy way when everything just works out so nicely, in particular in regards to the lights. Overall, a really sweet and satisfying read.

Many thanks to Choc Lit for providing a review copy via Net Galley, in exchange for an honest review.

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Release date:
 07 May 2015
Publisher: Choc Lit
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9 thoughts on “Book Review: How I Wonder What You Are, by Jane Lovering

  1. Sounds like a great book I like the opening the same as you a butt naked unconscious guy! A way to get your attention! I have read a few books from the ChocLit publishers and have been impressed with them all so far.
    Great review,

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