I’m so pleased to be bringing this blitz to you today, I think this may be the first book blitz where I got to review the book, so that’s pretty cool! Thanks to Lola’s Blog Tours for hosting this and head over to Must Read Faster to check out an Excerpt today.
Running into her head-over-heels first love during a week’s holiday in Mallorca with her spirited friend Lou was not what Samantha Hillcrest had planned. When sparks fly on the idyllic Mediterranean island she wonders how she’ll be able to return home to her husband and grown-up children, pretending her life hasn’t been turned upside down. Caught between family commitments and the red-hot, sizzling chemistry she shares with Gabriel—her love from twenty-five years ago—Samantha faces an impossibly heart-breaking choice.
A stand-alone novel, Worth Remembering is the first story in the English Rose series which follows a group of authentic English women on their complicated romantic journeys.
Samantha is off on holiday with her divorcee friend Lou, off to Mallorca for a week in the sun. She never in a million years expects to run into her first love, the man she fell in love with while she was a holiday rep on the island twenty-five years ago but of course she does, and so a complicated story begins as those old feelings and passions surface between them and she has to decide if her life with her Husband and grown children in England is worth fighting for.
This was such a beautifully written book, whilst you want the beautiful romance there is this shadow looming over the situation in the form of Samantha’s marriage and nobody likes a cheater, especially in book land where we like everything to be nice and pretty. Samantha’s marriage was complicated, and messy and it was clearly not a happy one, yet Samantha was obviously determined to move on from Gabriel and make this marriage work. It was hard to read and whilst I wouldn’t condone running away from a marriage WHY on earth would someone suffer so much loneliness and sadness for the sake of normality?
Her children were lovely and as the book progressed especially towards the end we really see them shine, and see just how wonderful and supportive they are. Her Husband though, what a dilbert, taking Samantha for granted and just not appreciating what was in front of him at all.
I adored Gabriel, he knew what he wanted and he stayed out of the way to give Samantha time but was also not willing to stay gone making sure he reappeared and gave chase, he was very romantic and having lost her once all those years ago he couldn’t bear to lose her again.
Samantha spends much of her time mistaking what she thinks she should do with what she wants, I think it’s probably a mistake lots of us make in life but it was so clear it was what she was doing here and I so wanted her to find her happy.
Overall I loved this book, I felt such an affinity with Samantha, maybe it’s the ex-holiday rep in me, but I just loved her story and her journey so much.
Sending a huge thanks to Holly James and Lola’s Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.
About Holly James
Holly James was born and raised with her three siblings in Norfolk, England. She packed her bags at eighteen to spend the next four years at university. She lived in Newcastle, Birmingham, London, France, and Spain before settling in beautiful New Zealand. Her daily loves are good coffee, writing, her children, and her husband—the order depending on what kind of day she’s having.
All Holly’s books are stand-alones with no cliffhangers. To be notified of new releases subscribe to her mailing list at http://www.hollyjamesauthor.co.uk
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Title: Worth Remembering
Series: English Rose #1
Author: Holly James
Genre: Romance | Chick-Lit | Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: 4 June 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US