A Year of Chasing Love by Rosie Chambers
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publishing Date: 6th January 2020
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!
Number of pages: 384
One moment can change a lifetime…
The last thing top divorce lawyer Olivia Hamilton ever expected was to be served her own divorce papers! To escape her marriage troubles, she agrees to go on a year-long trip to find the ultimate guide to love.
Travelling the world, surrounded by stories of love and happiness, it’s not long before her thoughts turn to Nathan, her soon-to-be ex-husband, and she starts to take note of her own lessons in love…
But with Nathan over a thousand miles away, will it be too late?
Perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Philippa Ashley and Caroline Roberts.
Olivia Hamilton, a top divorce lawyer, is being served with her own divorce papers! At work! Yes, she’s been aware that things are not so rosy in her marriage with Nathan – she’s so focused on her own career that her private life suffers because of it, and well, Nathan might have hinted at the fact that he’d like to be a father sooner rather than later… But divorce? Yes, Olivia is a bit devastated.
But it was only the beginning. Then she’s forced to take a 10 – month sabbatical from work, but what should she do with all this free time? Her best friend Rachel persuades her to go on a research trip for her, visiting countries where divorce rates are low and marriages blossom. Albeit reluctant, but Olivia goes – her journey starts with Malta and takes her to Hawaii, Copenhagen, Singapore and, eventually, Paris. Even if she hasn’t planned it, the journey turns to be a self – reflection for her.
The book started brilliantly, introducing us to the author’s lovely sense of humour and promising story. However, then, for me it only went downhill and the travels were a bit dull for my liking. I was expecting wit and fun and some sassy adventures, whereas what I got was serious in tone and a little wooden tale. And really, almost every single chapter ended with Olivia wondering about Nathan: what would Nathan do, what would he say, do they have a future, is there a second chance for them, Nathan, Nathan, Nathan… It was really eye – role inducing, especially as she did nothing to win him back, just shrugging it off, jumping to conclusions and ending the next chapter wondering what he’s doing and with whom. And honestly, the research conducted by Olivia’s friend Rachel sounded absolutely hooking and refreshing but it didn’t deliver – sadly.
I then couldn’t completely warm to Olivia. I was expecting her to be a ball – breaking (in a positive way, of course), fierce and charming woman but it turned out she’s constantly blaming herself for everything, her marriage collapse, for her colleagues not working in a way she’d like them to, insecure and with little humour. Even though the stories of the background characters didn’t capture me so much, I still found them more colourful and lively than Olivia.
The places Olivia visited were brilliantly chosen, so different to what we usually get to read about in this genre, and visiting them and meeting all the people gave Olivia chance to mull over her own marriage, wondering what to do, try to save it or move on, to re – evaluate her priorities, wonder if real love really exist. The writing style was easy and approaching.
The story touched about the very present vicious circle that so many woman find themselves: society expects them to work as if they didn’t have any children and to raise their children as if they didn’t have to work, putting them for the choice of career or family, not giving them a chance for both. It is an easy and not too demanding charming little story about finding happiness, about second chances and love. I loved the premise, I loved the cover, and I think there was so much potential in this book, but it lacked in execution and delivery. However, I can see that other readers enjoy this book much more, so just try it for yourself, you may fell in love with the story.