Tuesday, 28 June 2016

The Second Love Of My Life Book Review

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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?

front cover of paperback book

The Second Love Of My Life
by Victoria Walters
Publisher: Headline Review
Publish Date: 7 April 2016
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1472229320
Rating: 4/5


The Second Love Of My Life was highlighted to me by loads of really positive reviews across all the social media channels. Prior to this book I hadn't read anything by Victoria Walters so I was completely in the dark as to what to expect from her style of writing. All I knew was that this book was being referred to as a heart warming tale of love, loss and truth.

Starting The Second Love Of My Life immediately put me into a sad state of mind as we discover that the lead character, Rose, has lost her husband to a drink driver. Being a widow at any age is an unbearable emotion to think about, but being only 24 is truly heart breaking. I wouldn't even want to contemplate losing my husband, so I can't imagine how Rose must have felt when it happened.

Despite the tragedy there is a gathering of lovely, family like, characters around the town of Talting who all offer their undying support for Rose after her ordeal. Close knit communities are hard to find these days but if I ever wanted to be in the midst of one, I would probably choose Talting.

Relatively early in The Second Love Of My Life the love interest, Robert, comes on to the scene. Muscular, rich and handsome he instantly makes an impression, but throughout the book there are many emotions he can be tied up with. You'll love him, you'll hate him and then who knows.  Without revealing any spoilers, there is a major twist which actually made me put down the book and take a breath.

What I really liked about The Second Love Of My Life is the fresh angle it took on grief and learning to move on with your life. The events in the story bond the characters together and really make for a great afternoon of reading. The only negative I could point out is that some of the dialogue was a little repetitive and drawn out. Apart from that I thought the entire book was great!

If you love family sagas like The Second Love Of My Life, you will love Would Like To Meet by Polly James.

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