Wednesday, 6 July 2016

We'll Always Have Paris by Sue Watson

Synopsis from Amazon:

Does first love deserve a second chance?

When she was almost seventeen, Rosie Draper locked eyes with a charismatic student called Peter during their first week at art college, changing the course of her life forever. Now, on the cusp of sixty-five and recently widowed, Rosie is slowly coming to terms with a new future. And after a chance encounter with Peter, forty-seven years later, they both begin to wonder 'what if' . . .

Told with warmth, wit and humour, We'll Always Have Paris is a charming, moving and uplifting novel about two people; the choices they make, the lives they lead and the love they share.

My review:

This book is quite frankly beautiful. I found it such a relief to be reading something so uplifting and positive and inspiring. A book that gives hope to the reader for second chances and love and that things do just have a way of working out.

Rosie and her family are left bereft after their dad and husband Mike passes away and Rosie resigns herself to a life of loneliness and, well, just ticking over. She is a devoted mother and grandmother and could not do more for her children, but a chance meeting with a man from her past makes her realise that even a woman in her sixties is allowed to have hopes and dreams.

Peter was Rosie’s first love. Most of us have them. First loves are so important to us and I think most of us sometimes stop and wonder where they are now and how things would work out if they never left.

Thankfully for Rosie, she gets to find out. There are things she can finally discuss with Peter in order for both of them to move on and rekindle the magical love they once felt for each other. Rosie knows that Mike was the best man for her and her family and she knows that nobody could ever replace him, but with Peter, she is allowed to be that seventeen year old girl again – a girl with dreams, confidence and artistic spirit.

Sue Watson has managed to reflect family relationship exactly how I would imagine them. Rosie’s two very different daughters, her difficult relationship with her own mother and, of course, her beautiful relationship with her granddaughters. The author shows brilliantly how difficult it must be for an outsider to try and join into such a closed circle.

I would recommend this book to anyone. It’s an uplifting read, that makes you feel good about your own family ties and relationships and it actually felt like I was going through a therapy whilst reading this book.

Thank you to the author and NetGalley for access to this book in return for this honest opinion.

My rating: 5/5

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