Sophie Winter lives in a self-imposed cocoon – she’s a single, thirty-one year old translator who works from home in her one bedroom flat. This isn’t really the life she dreamed of, but then Sophie stopped believing in happy endings a very long time ago, when she was fifteen years old and tragedy struck her family. Her grief has left her scared of commitment and completely risk averse, so she plays it safe and keeps everyone at arm’s length. Sophie understands she has a problem, but recognising it and knowing how to fix it are two entirely different things.
One night a serious fire breaks out in the flat below hers. Sophie is trapped in the burning building until a random passer-by, Ben, luckily happens to spot and rescue her. Suddenly her cocoon is shattered – what will be the consequences of this second life-changing event?
I raced through This Love in a few days, even without that much time to read, because it’s gripping, uplifting (sometimes) and poignant (a lot of the time!), all rolled into one brilliant and moving read.
I don’t want to give much away about the storyline other than what you can see on the back cover, but one of the reasons I loved this book is that it’s full of love – there’s plenty of romantic, cute moments between characters – but they’re portrayed well, without straying too often into the ‘cheesey’ category, which is a pitfall that I often find with other novels in this genre. This Love picks you up and envelopes you into this story, which, thanks to interesting, likeable characters, means you really care about what happens – particularly to protagonist Sophie and her knight in shining armour, Ben. (Ben… there are no words for Ben; he is bound to be the new favourite love interest for many people which would not surprise me).
The first half of the story starts with high drama but then calms down a bit and moves much more slowly, before the second half ramps up the tension (and emotion) again, leaving me a bit of a blubbling wreck at the end! That being said, it’s got light-hearted parts too, and is a story I really enjoyed reading, from first page to last. There are surprises and some parts I didn’t see coming.
This Love will stay with you long after you finish reading it!
Many thanks to Simon & Schuster for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.