Monday, July 25, 2016

Book Review - We'll Always Have Paris by Sue Watson

 
About Sue Watson
 
 
Sue Watson was a TV Producer with the BBC who combined motherhood and family life with a busy career. However, one day it dawned on Sue that Cosmo magazine may have been telling porkies about 'having it all,' and her life had become a slightly crazed juggling act.

So after much soul searching (and comfort eating) Sue abandoned her TV career, bought a pink laptop and wrote 'Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes.' It was then Sue realised she couldn't stop writing and produced 'Younger, Thinner, Blonder' 'Love, Lies and Lemon Cake' and 'Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake,' 'Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams,' and 'Bella's Christmas Bake Off.' Her next book 'We'll Always have Paris,' comes out in June 2016.

Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire where she bakes (and eats) lots of cake. She spends much of her time making big decisions about whether to have Caramel Chew Chew or Peanut Butter ice cream (or both?) while watching 'The Biggest Loser USA,' and procrastinating over her latest novel.

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About We'll Always Have Paris 

A charming, moving second-chance love story for fans of Thursdays in the Park, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Last Tango in Halifax.

Does first love deserve a second chance?

When she was almost seventeen, Rosie Draper locked eyes with a charismatic student called Peter during their first week at art college, changing the course of her life forever. Now, on the cusp of sixty-five and recently widowed, Rosie is slowly coming to terms with a new future. And after a chance encounter with Peter, forty-seven years later, they both begin to wonder ‘what if’ . . .

Told with warmth, wit and humour, We’ll Always Have Paris is a charming, moving and uplifting novel about two people; the choices they make, the lives they lead and the love they share.
 
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Review by Suze
 
Rosie and Mike were happy together for many years. Unfortunately he became ill and not long after his diagnosis he passed away, so Rosie has to get used to living on her own. She has her work, in the flower shop she runs together with her daughters, to distract her, but she misses Mike very much. When she's delivering the flowers for a fancy wedding she meets Peter. Peter was Rosie's first love. They met at art college when they were still very young and Peter broke Rosie's heart. He would love to see her again and even though it's difficult for Rosie she's also curious, so they set a date.
 
When Rosie's ready to start seeing someone romantically again, Peter would love to go out with her and get to know her once more. He wants them to have a second chance. Things went wrong when they were young, but it's never too late, they can still have a future together. At the age of sixty-four Rosie gets another chance at love. Will she take it and what will be the consequences if she does?
 
We'll Always Have Paris is a beautiful and sweet story. I loved that Sue Watson has chosen to write about a stunning woman who's in her sixties. It was wonderful to read about Rosie and her family. Rosie is a strong woman, she can stand up for herself, she's talented and she knows what she's capable of. I immediately liked her and loved reading about her adventures. Peter has something to prove and I was curious to see if he'd be able to. He's kind, charming and artistic and he has a great free spirit. The old chemistry between Rosie and Peter is back immediately and they are amazing together.
 
Sue Watson is very good at writing about families. She knows exactly how to describe relationships between people and she has an impressive way of expressing emotions. That's what makes We'll Always Have Paris such a fantastic story, she writes about both the happy and the sad parts of life in an equally comfortable way, which makes her stories warm and recognizable. She's thoroughly thinking through every situation she writes about and she makes her readers aware of their own feelings as well as those of her main characters, which is an admirable quality.
 
We'll Always Have Paris is a true gem. The story is heartwarming and even though the topic is serious there's enough lightness and fun to bring a good balance. Everything in this novel works, which makes it easy for the reader to sit back and enjoy the story. I loved that Sue Watson managed to surprise me over and over again and the ending is absolutely brilliant, she couldn't have chosen a better way to finish her story. I highly recommend this fabulous sparkling, creative, daring, and unique novel. 
 
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13 comments:

  1. Sounds great! Thank you for the review.

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  2. Sounds nice! I'd heard about it somewhere and it caught my attention :)

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  3. This sounds like a charming story. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

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  4. Sounds as if you really enjoyed this one Suze, after all we all deserve a second chance, don't we?

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  5. Sounds like a lovely and uplifting story of second chances in life. I love that this story features characters in their later years as opposed to their younger ones because it's not done often and it is actually pretty realistic. Great review!

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  6. The characters of the story seems so well sketched, would love to read it!

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  7. Thanks for the lovely review Suze :)

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  8. Fanatastic review, Suze! This sounds liek a really sweet story even if the backdrop is heartbreaking but I love reading second chance stories so I'm sure I'll love it!

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  9. My comments are nearly always lengthy. But here, my one lingering thought is "I need to get a copy of this." For some reason, this book is just calling out to me. ..But ohhh, ...money.
    Thank you for the beautiful review.
    --Ann

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