Author: Lindsey Kelk
Publication Date: September 8, 2020
Book Description: When Ros comes home after three years away, she’s ready to pick up with life exactly where she left it. But her friends have moved on, her parents have rekindled their romance, and her bedroom is now a garden shed. All of a sudden, she’s swept up in nostalgia for the way things were.
Then her phone begins to ping, with messages from her old life. Including one number she thought she’d erased for good – the man who broke her heart. Is this her second chance at one big love? Sometimes we all want to see what we’ve been missing…
Rating: 3 Stars
Review: This is my second book that I have read by Lindsey Kelk and this is definitely a great book if you are looking for a light read sitting at the beach or on your porch or deck. The publisher labeled this as a romance, but I do think this story really falls more into contemporary fiction.
Ros has come back to London after three years. She temporarily needs to move back home with her parents, but instead they put her in a makeshift shed. She is lucky to find a job quickly, but it is far from her “dream job”. She quickly gets back together with an ex and she has an extremely close circle of friends.
This book felt very much like a coming of age story except this character is 32. She lacks confidence, she always compares herself to her more beautiful, smarter sister, and she falls into a similar pattern with her ex.
It was wonderful to watch Ros figure out what she wants out of life and take back control. On the downside, it was awfully long, it feels like 100 pages could have been cut from the book. At times, I felt it dragged. However, ultimately I really enjoyed getting to know Ros, and her family and friends.
Thank you NetGalley and HarperCollins for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.