Is it ever too late for a second chance at first love?
You don’t find many romance novels where the heroine is a sixty four year old mother of two! Rosie lost her husband Mike a year ago to a very late cancer diagnosis. It has taken her a full year to get used to the idea of being alone and to think about resuming her life again.
Returning to her flower shop – Rosie’s Roses – she finds herself working on some amazing flowers for a big society type wedding. When Rosie and her daughters deliver the flowers to the venue on the big day she is shocked to run into Peter who is a great-uncle to the bride. Peter Morton was Rosie’s first love at the tender age of sixteen and when they split up and lost touch a year later Rosie carried a torch for him for a very long time.
This is a beautiful story about family and loss, about grief and acceptance and about discovering the real you – regardless of how old you are! The descriptions of Rosie’s daughters and granddaughters are just lovely and the sense of family is palpable. I had wondered whether I would actually enjoy the story but that was probably a bit ageist of me! This is a sweet uncomplicated story that will have as much resonance for woman suddenly in the position of looking out for their older parents as it will for a senior generation trying to reclaim their youth.
Supplied by Net Galley and Little Brown in exchange for an honest review.
UK Publication date: eBook 27 Jun 2016 & paperback 23 Mar 2017. 416 pages.
Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.