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Bound to Happen

Jonathon Shannon

Accidental strangers or star-crossed lovers? Tom and Sophie are about to find out.

Tom and Sophie have never met. 

Tom is a music student and aspiring songwriter. He wholeheartedly believes in meant to be and, more specifically, in his turbulent relationship with a far more successful recording artist. Even when her sudden overseas tour threatens to up-end everything.

Sophie is an astrophysics PhD candidate. To her, the vast mysteries of the universe can be reduced down to cold, hard science. She knows there’s no such thing as fate or destiny, and not even the handsome undergrad assigned to her research project will change her mind.

Sophie doesn’t know it, but she’s been orbiting Tom all year. 

They might be destined for each other, if only their meet-cutes were not a series of near misses…

About the Author

Jonathon Shannon is a Sydney-based writer and creative director. His work has been recognised at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, screened at the St Kilda Film Festival, and is housed in the permanent archives of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Bound to Happen is his debut novel. 


You’ve Got Mail just got a modern makeover. Jonathon Shannon has composed a pitch perfect rom-com that will leave you completely starry-eyed and wanting more. Shannon’s writing sings on every page–with clever characters, sparkling dialogue, and vivid Sydney locations. Bound to Happen isn’t just one for romance lovers, but its unique take on the genre will appeal to all readers. Come for the quirky space trivia … stay to find out if love is written in the stars.’  – Karina May, author of Duck À L'Orange for Breakfast




Pub Date
September 2023




Destiny. Metaphysics. Love.