Published by St. Martin's Press on May 2nd 2017
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s other reviews have mentioned, this book is nothing like “The Rosie Project” or “The Rosie Effect”. If you are looking for that type of book – be warned – you are NOT going to get that with this book. With this book you get marital woes, infidelity, lots of music and sex.
Adam Sharp first meets Angelina when he is twenty six years old and living in Australia. Angelina is a semi-famous Soap Opera actress. Adam works with computers and is a musician who plays piano and sings at night. Angelina comes into the bar where he plays piano and they begin a relationship. Adam learns about love and loss while being with Angelina. She is in fact “the one who got away” for him. They both loved each other but she was married (separated) when they met and ultimately she stays with her husband while Adam returns to England after some more traveling for work.
Now close to fifty, he is comfortable with his life His relationship with his wife if stagnant and possibly on it’s last leg. They seems to have grown apart over time. Then, out of the blue, Adam receives and email from Angelina. Adam is nostalgic for the past. What would have happened if they never went their separate ways. What would his life look like now if they remained together? With that one email, his world is turned upside down. He begins to get himself together : eating right, exercising, etc. He writes back and they begin to have a back and forth exchange of emails. Then Angelina invites Adam to spend time with her and her husband at their French home. So he decides to go. What harm can there be in spending some time with your old lover and her husband?
So this is where the book takes a turn. I wont say anymore but this book touches on themes of sex, infidelity, infertility, passion, regret, life choices, secrets, love, loss, and second chances. There is also music which ties this book together. His characters are likable who make mistakes, use poor judgement, make hard decisions, and experience inner turmoil.
If you could have a do-over would you take the chance? I think all of us have that something in your life, where you think about what could have been. The “what ifs” and the “if onlys” . This book is about one man finding out what it is like to have that second chance. A second chance with his first love and a second chance to look at his life and decide which is the right path for him.
This book gives the reader something to think about. I enjoyed it. I found myself thinking about it after I read it. Initially I gave it 3.5 stars but upped this book to 4 stars as it did have the power to make me think. If you are looking for a laugh out loud book, this is not the one. Simsion went in a totally new direction with this book which is a good thing. I think he has proven he can do both funny and though provoking.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.