Publishing Date: 3rd September 2020
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!
Number of pages: 400
Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Romance
This is not a typical love story, but it’s our love story.
Anna wasn’t looking for love when Adam swept her off her feet but there was no denying their connection, and she believed they would be together forever.
Years later, cracks have appeared in their relationship. Anna is questioning whether their love can really be eternal when a cruel twist of fate delivers a crushing blow, and Anna and Adam are completely lost to one another. Now, Anna needs Adam more than ever, but the way back to him has life-changing consequences.
Is a second chance at first love really worth the sacrifice? Anna needs to decide and time is running out…
A beautiful and emotional love story that asks, how far would you go for a second chance at first love? Perfect for fans of The Man Who Didn’t Call and Miss You.
The beginning of Anna and Adam’s relationship is one of the most romantic ever – they meet on holiday, with the sun shining, blue skies and sparkling water – there is simply this lovely chemistry between them. But fast forward a few years and you can see the cracks in this relationship, cracks that could be too strong for them, too difficult to overcome. Will they manage to stay together? Do they want to stay together? Is fate going to interfere?
Now, don’t get me wrong, pretty please. It was a great book, nevertheless I still feel a bit torn about it. I can’t put my finger on what went wrong for me but I couldn’t completely get into it. I was probably expecting something fluffy, based on the lovely pink cover, but the story turned out to be very emotionally packed, tackling many heavy issues and I think you have to be in a suitable mood to enjoy it. I’d go so far and say that yes, it did feel a bit depressing, a bit heavy and the sadness was overwhelming. It also felt a little chopped, with the narration jumping a lot forwards in time – I guess it couldn’t be written differently, that it was intended yet there were moments that I felt a little confused with the sudden changes.
I couldn’t completely warm to Anna and it is probably why I didn’t get into the book so completely, why it didn’t make me feel with her. There were moments that I thought that she really doesn’t deserve Adam’s pure love – always unhappy, always trying to blame the others, not giving Adam a chance. Adam, on the other hand, was a great character, not too perfect but truly realistic and real, trying to come to terms with his wife’s frustration that was so unfair. Yes, later on I learn to feel empathy for both of them, however it was Adam that was the much more likeable and relatable character for me.
The background characters however, especially Nell and Josh, were the ones that truly made the story great for me.
It didn’t make me cry fort he characters, to be honest, yet I appreciated how emotionally powerful the story was. The author has really well captured the feelings of the characters, their desperation, hope and love. I didn’t find all the answers and I also didn’t get it completely with Harry, as for me there was a heavy suggestion that he might have been one of the characters’ child.
The beginning was a little misleading, to be honest – it was quite light – hearted, optimistic and hopelessly romantic, with you keeping everything crossed for Anna and Adam, a match made in heaven. But then it starts to get darker and darker, much more serious in tone and sad. In the end the story turned out to be a tale about unconditional love, love so strong that will allow you to let the other person go, about grief, loss and infertility. It was a very realistic, bitter – sweet portrait of a marriage with its ups and downs, highs and lows.
There is really so much palpable tension in the writing and the story, you really don’t know what’s going to happen and you are waiting for something really, really bad to happen, and it took me by surprise but well, the author is also a well – known psychological thrillers’ writer, so actually it’s not a wonder that she has slipped some of the tense elements into her story. And I think it’s great, as it made the reading quicker and even more thrilling. There was a part in this book that started to feel a bit sci – fi for me to be honest, however I persevered because it also made me incredibly curious and wonder – the idea of having this little bit of time more with the loved one, wow, this was something that had me glued to the pages. I’m not sure if I liked the execution of it very much, I think I would love a clear answer, yes or no, but still, it was interesting and different and so thought – provoking. But until then, well, let’s simply cherish the time that we have with our loved ones that we so often take for granted – and this is the most important message in this poignant, emotional tale.
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