I’ve never read Laura Jane Williams before, but the plot of this novella sounded pretty cute. I thought this could be a great first book to read by her, and I think it was.
The Wrong Suitcase follows Izzy, who wants to let her hair down and really enjoy her university friend’s wedding, and Sam, who was dumped the morning he was due to travel to the very same event. At the hotel, their luggage gets mixed up, and they spend the afternoon trying to hunt the other down.
With this being a novella, there’s obviously not that much content. The book is set during a single day, which can make it feel a little too insta-lovey, but it was pretty light and fun. I enjoyed both Izzy and Sam’s perspectives, though Sam’s could get a little grumpy. I totally get why. He has a serious reason to be miserable. But that kind of makes the very sudden romance seems a little too ridiculous.
What I will say about this book is that it’s fun. There was a random sexy scene that I feel was unnecessary with the length of the book. But it highlighted the sizzling chemistry between the two main characters. I did really appreciate their friends and family. The differing relationships were cute, and I did tear up a little at the wedding speech. The married couple seemed very in love, and I adored that.
As an audiobook, this was so very easy to listen to. I don’t usually like audiobooks with multiple protagonists and only one narrator. I’m especially not a fan of authors reading their own books. However, Williams was an enjoyable narrator. She did give both characters chapters their own individual voices, and the tone was pretty perfect. In places, it totally added to the humour and I enjoyed it.
I listened to this whilst doing housework, and it was fun to get through. It kept me distracted and made me smile. Was it perfect? Definitely no. But it has made me want to check out Williams other books.
For those looking for a quick romance novella, I highly recommend this in audio or e-book. You’ll have a lot of fun.
Title: The Wrong Suitcase
Author: Laura Jane Williams
Age Range: Adult
Release Date: 12/2/22