Sometimes you find perfect where you least expect it…
Libby Potter has just lost the perfect job, the perfect apartment and the perfect boyfriend. Moving back to the same home town that she couldn’t wait to escape when she was younger was definitely not on her to-do list. Especially as it means running into the man whose heart she broke when she left.
Pete Bennett can still make Libby’s world stop with just the sound of his voice – even ten years on. Only now, she is the last person in the world that he wants to see.
As everyone else welcomes Libby home with open arms, she realizes she’s missed that special closeness that comes from lifelong friendship. And, as Libby tries to make amends with Pete, she begins to wonder whether she made the right choice in leaving all those years ago.
When an amazing career opportunity gives her the chance to leave again, Libby will have to decide what her version of perfect is… and where she really belongs.
Of all the books I’ve read this year, this review may be the hardest to write.
Okay, I’m going to say it.
I think this may be the most perfect book I’ve ever read.
There. I said it. Oh, and it also happens to have one of the most perfect covers. Just saying.
This book is the epitome of everything I love about reading, about fiction and about romance. It was heart-warming, touching, upsetting, endearing, beautiful and one hundred other adjectives I could reel off. It was not glamourised or far-fetched, it had no gimics, it simply read like a true story of true love in its simplest form.
Every detail was perfectly thought out. Every character was perfectly developed and a joy to read and get to know. It felt so real, so believable that i honestly felt like I knew every character personally.
Libby’s struggle to find herself and come to terms with what she truly wanted was touching and captivating. You see her grow as a woman, and start to understand things and people that she had perhaps overlooked as an eager young woman, ready to face the world. She has matured since then and continues to grow throughout the book as she learns the importance of home and family, which is a wonder to behold.
Seeing Pete’s father Hugh battle with Dementia, seeing his good days and heart-breaking bad days, and the strain that put on Pete’s life was heart-wrenching. It was beautifully written and delicately realistic. The pain Pete felt at watching his father deteriorate, and the pain for Libby to see the changes to this wonderful father-figure she had known before, a man she still cares about so deeply…it was almost too much. I must admit that several tears were shed throughout this book. Pete is hard-working, honest and family-oriented – he was simply the perfect hero for this book, and for Libby too.
The relationship between Pete and Libby was simply magic. I think its something nearly every single one of us can relate to – after all, your first love never truly leaves you. Whoever you are, and wherever you end up, I believe that your first love shapes you as a person. For all the years they’ve been apart, and for all the reasons Libby left, Pete will always have a special place in her heart. Coming back after all those years, when the two of them are not the same young, naive people they had been before, she still can’t help her feelings for Pete, but doesn’t know if she can ever set things right between them. It’s a deeply moving journey to watch them on, and to watch Libby blossoming into the woman that Pete needed, and that she wanted to be, but you’re still kept guessing right until the end to know how things are going to turn out.
It’s an absolute must-read for any romance fan, and I know it is a book I will turn to time and time again in future. The type where you can’t help your most precious copy having a battered spine and well-thumbed, grubby pages from countless times it’s been carried around in your handbag, read in the bath or nursed beneath a cup of tea. For me, it’s the rare type of book that leaves a mark on you, where all the tiny little pieces of it seep into your heart and soul and the story can never truly leave you.
I now have tears in my eyes just thinking about it to write this review. It’s definitely left its mark on me!
It is the perfect story of first loves and second chances, and I can’t thank Jenny Hale enough for sharing this wonderful story with us.
Release date: 23 May 2014
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