Friday, 8 April 2016

Book Review - The Second Love of My Life by Victoria Walters

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Title: The Second Love of My Life
Author: Victoria Walters
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 7th April 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

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?

The Second Love of my Life is a beautifully written, inspiring and uplifting book about one woman's journey to a second happiness in her life. 

Rose is young, but widowed, when the love of her life Lucas suddenly died, and two years on she is still coming to terms with it all. She used to be known before that as an artist in her native town of Talting in Cornwall, but hasn't painted since Lucas passed. When Rose decides to sell the rest of her paintings she doesn't expect to meet Robert, who loves her paintings and slowly works his way into her life. 

There is a huge shock right in the middle of the book that I would never have seen coming, and in the aftermath of it, you see just what an amazing person Rose is. 

I loved the whole of this book, from the loving community feel of the Cornish village, to her close friendship with Emma and John, to the new pet she gets that is just the start of the changes in her slowly re-opening her heart to love, all the way to some of the descriptions of paintings and just what Rose is feeling. 

There is a section where Roses's feelings are talked about quite in depth, but in such an eloquent way, I did stop and take note of just how wonderful the writing was. 

Before I started this story, I had assumed it would be a slow emotional, possibly sad story, but what I discovered very fast what a wonderful turn of phrase Victoria Walters has, just how upbeat, and hopeful the story is. The Second Love of My Life is a very impressive debut novel, from an author I suspect could have a promising future in writing. 

Thanks so much to Netgalley and Headline for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Well what a recommendation! Fab review. Well done, Victoria! Thanks for sharing, Rachel. :) xx


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