Synopsis (from Goodreads):
From the #1 bestselling author of The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect, an unforgettable new novel about lost love and second chances
On the cusp of turning fifty, Adam Sharp likes his life. He’s happy with his partner Claire, he excels in music trivia at quiz night at the local pub, he looks after his mother, and he does the occasional consulting job in IT.
But he can never quite shake off his nostalgia for what might have been: his blazing affair more than twenty years ago with an intelligent and strong-willed actress named Angelina Brown who taught him for the first time what it means to find—and then lose—love. How different might his life have been if he hadn’t let her walk away?
And then, out of nowhere, from the other side of the world, Angelina gets in touch. What does she want? Does Adam dare to live dangerously?
I have to be honest and admit that this was only a middle-of-the-road read for me. The premise has potential, a chance to rekindle the flame with the one that got away, that one “great love” that nobody has been able to hold a candle to, but it just didn’t quite live up to the hype.
What worked: I loved the fact that music was everywhere in this book. I’m a huge music junkie so I’m easily excited by the music and literature mix, and I’m an even bigger fan of an author sharing a playlist. And this book comes with an epic playlist: three pages’ worth of songs to listen to while reading. Day made!
I also really enjoyed the characters in the first part of the book. The story flashed back between then and now, and I enjoyed getting caught up in the reminiscent feeling of that first love being remembered through rose-colored glasses.
What didn’t work: The second half is where the story started to lose me. When he finally gets to meet back up with Angelina and her husband Charlie, things weren’t quite as engaging for me. I’m not going to go into too much detail here because I’d have to spoil some major plot points, so I apologize for the following vagueness. Initially, I thought the story was going to play out a certain way; two former lovers have been reunited and one is married – will there be scandal? Deceit? So many possibilities! Yes that intrigue there, but it was weird. And the sexual nature of the story took a strange twist in this half of the book that felt more distracting than organic.
So, overall, this one was just a ok read for me. I know there are people who will read it and love it, but unfortunately, I wasn’t one of them. If you’re one of those who enjoyed it, I’d love to hear what your favorite parts were.
Thank you to Booksparks for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.