Genre: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance
Published on June 27th, 2016 by Sphere
Pages: 416 (Kindle Edition)
**I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
I’m so happy I chose this book! I guess my intuition was right about wanting to start this book.
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.
This was literally a fun read. This is like the continuation of Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern but with a different story line and I can’t help it but be charmed about a story of two old people, once lovers, meet again in their sixties. It felt like the stars, the planet, and the moon aligned for Rosie and Peter. I’m going to miss this book a ton.
The story focuses on the life of Rosie Draper-Carter, after Mike, her husband, passed away at the age of sixty-four. To spend her time, she works in their floral shop, helping her two daughters, Anna and Isobel, arrange flowers for weddings, funerals, birthday, and graduations. On a particular clients’ granddaughter’s wedding, Rosie is met with an unexpected reunion with her first love, Peter Moreton. But after a thorough heartbreak, will you be accepting of someone who once crushed your heart in pieces?
Watson had very well moved my heart with this story and I love this book for that reason! Second chances are hard to give but through this book, Watson has shown a reason why they should be given. Not everyone deserves it but when you see someone who changed because of realizing their faults and acknowledging what they did wrong, who else best deserves such notion than that person?
This book has drawn a picture of the difference between the want and the needs, being responsible and being free, being in two different level of society.
On the other hand, when you realize that you have everything in life, and discover that all is served in a silver platter for you, you begin to realize that the one thing you took for granted is the one thing you’ve only ever needed. You can pursue all the adventures you want. You can go as far as where you want to be. But you just don’t leave people with broken promises. I have never believed that promises are meant to be broken. These are the few treasures that are priceless and there are people who value them.
I encountered several problems while reading, though. One of which is that the characters felt voiceless when in a dialogue. I have no idea how loud the characters are speaking or how they are reacting while talking to each other. There’s the repetition of “Rosie says”, or “Peter says” and it bothers me in a way, not hearing how these characters are really talking.
On a positive note, I very much enjoyed the book as a whole. After reading it, I wanted to go back to it but I felt that it might break my heart because of how realistic the events felt. This book teaches what maturity is and seeing things in a different perspective, in an older and wiser state of life. It tells us that life has a way of working things out. And so it does.
A story of forgiveness, of second chances, of facing the past and moving forward, you might not miss this heart-touching story!