Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Tuesday Titles 099..

This Last Kiss : Madeleine Reiss
I finished this book in the early hours of Sunday morning but I'm still reeling from it. Oddly enough, I'd say it took a little getting into; the story had something of a slow start and I was almost at the point where I'd lose patience and perhaps even consider abandoning it.

Then, all of a sudden I found myself completely and utterly immersed in the love story between Rora and Carl. Kiss by kiss (each chapter is split into "kisses" rather than timeframes, which I thought was charming), the story is revealed and we eventually begin to understand why Rora was forced to flee her life in Hastings in the first place - and why it's so hard for her to put the past behind her and return.

Secret after secret comes out; not just about Rora but also her family, Carl's family and things which took place years ago but prove that history has a habit of repeating itself. Rora is trying hard to ensure that her daughter Ursula is not forced to go through what she was, like a fierce lioness protecting her cubs. It's almost painful to see how hard Rora wishes that her father could have done the same for her.

This book is certainly not all doom and gloom. In between the family secrets are some lovely tender moments between lovers, friends, mother and daughter. Stick with this one, even if it takes a little while to get into the swing of it.

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