3 May 2016

The Second Love of My Life*


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, of course, 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.  Rose knows that life must go on.  But 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...

Rating: ★★★★

When it comes to Women's Fiction (I kind of hate that term, but not as much as I hate the term chick lit...), I tend to stick to the same few authors whose work I will always pick up whenever they bring out something new.  I’m happy to say that Victoria Walters is now definitely on that list!

The Second Love of My Life is a beautiful story about grief and finding the courage to allow yourself to move on.  It was easy for me to feel connected to the main character Rose – I’m 25 and recently engaged, not yet married, and so I couldn’t help but empathise with the situation Rose found herself in, and find myself wondering how I would cope if the same thing were to happen to me.

The theme of grief was handled very sensitively and I thought Victoria did a wonderful job of exploring all the different facets of it – we’re with Rose when she’s looking back on her memories with Lucas, when she’s sad and finding it hard to go about her everyday life, when she’s happy and thinking of the future, and when she’s feeling guilty about doing so – and it was a very authentic portrayal, not just with Rose but with the other characters affected by Lucas’ death.

I loved the setting of Talting – it sounded very picturesque and just like a place I would like to live!  I loved reading about the community surrounding Rose as I think this is what gave the book its warmth.  Of course the main pull for me was the promise of a love story and I wasn’t disappointed here either.  Robert was a great character, complex and with his own story to tell, which I loved - and I really wanted to read on to see what would happen between him and Rose.

A really beautifully written and emotional story, full of feeling.  Highly recommended!

Frances at Headline PG has very kindly offered me a giveaway copy for one of you lovely people - all you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below.  Good luck!

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* My copy was provided to me via request by Headline and Bookbridgr.

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