In the Cornish town of Talting, everyone is famous for something.
Until recently Rose was known for many things: her infectious positivity; her unique artistic talent; and her devotion to childhood sweetheart Lucas.
But two years ago that changed in one unthinkable moment. Now, Rose is known for being the young woman who became a widow aged just twenty-four. Though Rose knows that life must go on, the thought of carving out a new future for herself is one she can barely entertain. Until a newcomer, Robert, arrives in Talting for the summer...
Can Rose allow herself the chance to love again?
I recently read The Summer I Met you by Victoria Walters which is the prequel to The Second Love of my Life, and although I am not typically a fan of short stories I loved that one and I couldn’t wait to meet Emma, John, Rose and Lucas again in the full length novel. I enjoyed the novella so much that I then dived straight into reading The Summer I met you without reading the synopsis so the start of the book was so shocking for me and I felt like Victoria Walters had broken my heart along with Rose’s in two.
Our protagonist is the delightful Rose who I just wanted to wrap up in cotton wool after the world she knows has crumbled down around her when her childhood sweetheart dies at such a young age and now Rose needs to move on with her life but how when the biggest part of her life has gone? Where will her life take her now and will her heart ever heal and find love again?
This was such an endearing read that had me captivated from the first chapter. What I love most about this book is the supportive friendship between Rose and Emma they have such a close relationship and they pull each other through such difficult times but also enjoy the good times together too. Their friendship is so realistic which helps bring these characters to life.
The storyline is sure to break your heart into a million pieces and then slowly put them together again but not without some more heartbreak along the way. The author manages to show the emotions and daily struggles that poor widowed Rose goes through and I was just longing for her to find happiness and get her life on a new path as she was such a loving character who deserves happiness.
With the storyline covering grief I thought it could be a real sad emotional read but the storyline also is full of hope and new beginnings so there is an uplifting feel too.
There were a couple of occasions in the book that had shocking revelations which I really didn’t see coming which only added to the enjoyment of the book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it reminded me of the early books by Paige Toon and also fans of Giovanna Fletcher will love this book too. Victoria Walters is an author to watch out for this was a praiseworthy debut novel and one of my favourite books of the year so far.
The wonderful team over at Headline have kindly offered 2 copies of this fabulous book
for a giveaway which is open to UK residents only.