** Published in America and Canada as IF ONLY **
One person is all it takes to change a lifetime . . . But how will you know if they’re the one?
Letty and Alf are the only English speakers at an Italian class in Rome, where they discover the language that really connects them is dance: Letty’s first love was ballet, while Alf was a junior ballroom champion. They come from different worlds, until the moment they waltz around the Piazza Navona, and everything changes.
But one moment can’t change the past, and it’s clear that Alf and Letty still have their secrets. What caused them to leave their lives behind in England? And who, or what, are they running from? As their relationship deepens, it becomes harder and harder to tell the truth...
When the unthinkable happens, Letty returns to London and Alf to Blackpool. Will they spend their lives apart, or discover a future together?
I have written two blog posts about my love of dance and the inspirations behind Only You. You can read both by clicking on the links below:
‘Kate Eberlen’s first book, Miss You, was a huge hit and Only You is just as compelling. Wildly romantic, touching and wise, it will keep you reading until dawn.’
Sunday Express S Magazine
‘This is a masterful romance – Eberlen captures Rome beautifully, creating the perfect setting for charming moments you’ll be swooning along to. But like all great romances, it’s the downs that outdo the ups for drama – and the ballad of Letty and Alf will bring gasps of shock and tears of… well we don’t want to give anything away now.’
Apple Books, Best Books of May
‘Eberlen tackles serious emotional issues with empathy and compassion, adding depth to a love story… It’s a love story with a difference and its ballroom dancing lead characters will charm fans of Strictly Come Dancing.’
‘If ever there was a time we needed to be swept off our feet and transported elsewhere, this is it. Cue Kate Eberlen's wonderfully romantic second novel, set in Rome [....] Perfectly plotted.’
‘Just spent a very happy afternoon with Alf and Letty, transported to Rome, one of my favourite cities, for a gorgeous, uplifting romantic story with all the sparkle of a glass of Prosecco. Highly recommended for lockdown.’
Fanny Blake, bestselling author of A Summer Reunion
‘The author of the brilliant Miss You is back with a new read you’re sure to love. When Alf and Letty meet at an Italian class in Rome they’re drawn to each other as they explore the city. But they both have reasons for being far from home – and secrets will be uncovered. Exquisite.’
The Sun, Fabulous Magazine
‘A beautiful love story.’
‘If romantic fiction is your cup of tea, you’ll love this touching story of a pair of 20-somethings who meet at a language school in Rome… Kate Eberlen’s previous book, Miss You, was a bestseller and Only You is just as good, with wonderful descriptions of Rome’s iconic landmarks.’
‘I loved it! I keep thinking about the characters and their lives. It’s wonderful to feel Kate’s passion for my beloved art form, ballet. I felt touched in many ways reading this novel.’
Marianela Núñez, Prima Ballerina of The Royal Ballet
‘I read it in a single day, savouring every moment but also breathless with wanting to know how it would end. And the clever twists! I didn’t see a single one coming. And the ending itself – I could have danced. I certainly cried. Just wonderful.’
Joanna Nadin, author of The Queen of Bloody Everything
‘A truly wonderful book. I loved it.’
Alexandra Potter, author of Confessions of a Forty-something F##k Up
‘While we’re all stuck at home, we need to be able to live and love vicariously so Only You, with its romantic Rome setting is just the thing for some literary escapism.’
Red Magazine, Best Books this April
‘Beautifully realised and utterly beguiling… Made me ache with longing.’
Janet Ellis, author of The Butcher’s Hook and How It Was
‘Only You is the book we all need right now. Charming, tender, funny - and sweet without being sickly, like the very best gelato - it's utterly glorious escapism. You will gulp it down more quickly than an Aperol Spritz on a hot summer's night. Perfetto!’
Veronica Henry, author of The Wedding at the Beach Hut