Hello and welcome to my blog where today I have the pleasure in sharing my review of The Life We Almost Had as part of the Random Things Tours blog tour. Thank you so much to the author and Random Things Tours for my space on the tour and also for my gifted copy of the book.
The blurb …
This is not a typical love story, but it’s our love story.
Anna wasn’t looking for love when Adam swept her off her feet but there was no denying their connection, and she believed they would be together forever.
Years later, cracks have appeared in their relationship. Anna is questioning whether their love can really be eternal when a cruel twist of fate delivers a crushing blow, and Anna and Adam are completely lost to one another. Now, Anna needs Adam more than ever, but the way back to him has life-changing consequences.
Is a second chance at first love really worth the sacrifice? Anna needs to decide and time is running out …
My review …
It’s been a while since I read a good tear-jerker and I was not prepared for the romantic and emotional journey that this book took me on!
Two weeks before Anna’s wedding, she finds out that her cheating fiancé has been having an affair and she dumps him. Devastated, she instead goes on her honeymoon to Alircia in Spain with her best friend Nell to recover. Here they meet Adam and his friend Josh. Adam, who has also recently had his heart broken, sees Anna and falls in love at first sight and although Anna isn’t looking for a new relationship, she can’t help falling right back. They spend a blissful two weeks in Spain before realising that this is not just a holiday romance.
But further down the line, when the passion has faded and the mundanities and harsh realities of life have kicked in, Anna and Adam’s relationship is suffering through lack of communication and feelings of guilt and resentment. But just as Anna is wondering whether she loves Adam enough to work on their problems, disaster strikes.
‘If you love someone set them free’
I loved Anna and Adam’s characters, they were so well drawn and I felt really connected to them. Adam was thoughtful, brave and romantic and I just felt so sorry for Anna. I could feel the sadness surrounding her for most of the book and I was willing her to be more honest and open with everyone. The two best friends Nell and Josh turn out to be fantastic supporting characters – everyone needs a friend like Nell and Josh delivers the humour in this sad story.
I was hooked from the first chapter, the writing is fantastic because there is a sense of foreboding right from the start as well as teasers of what is to come, with so many surprises in the plot that I was completely gripped. I don’t want to give anything away but suffice to say that grief, guilt and communication are major themes running throughout this book and affect most of the relationships within it, be it parental, friendships or marriages, in one way or another.
This is a heart wrenching but ultimately uplifting story and I spent my time reading in various stages of emotion; gasping in horror, covered in goosebumps or with tears rolling down my cheeks. Be warned – you will need tissues!
About the author …
Amelia Henley is a hopeless romantic who has a penchant for exploring the intricacies of relationships through writing heartbreaking, high-concept love stories.
Amelia also writes psychological thrillers under her real name, Louise Jenson. As Louise Jenson she has sold over a million copies of her global number one bestsellers. Her stories have been translated into twenty-five languages and optioned for TV as well as featuring on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers list. Louise’s books have been nominated for multiple awards.
The Life We Almost Had is the first story she’s written as Amelia Henley and she can’t wait to share it with readers.
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