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The one that she wants…
Adam Bowers; handsome, funny and with the charm of a rock star, from the moment she laid eyes on him, teenage Erin was smitten. But first loves don’t always last, and after a whirlwind romance, Erin and Adam go their separate ways. Yet, Erin never lets go of the feeling that Adam may have been her soul mate…
The one that she needs…
Greg fell in love with Erin in their first week at university. Solid, trustworthy and hopelessly devoted to Erin, he knows he’s better for her than the feckless Adam, who is forever leaving Erin broken-hearted, before winning her back with his charm. As far as Greg is concerned, it’s easy to promise the world, but it’s harder to love someone for a lifetime.
The one that got away…
Years later Greg and Erin are married, and although life hasn’t always been easy, Greg’s love for Erin has never dimmed. But when Adam comes back, in desperate need of Erin’s help, everything changes. Erin starts to wonder whether fate is trying to tell her something…
Will Erin risk it all for the man she had thought was ‘The One’?
I’ve read a couple of books by this author, which I’ve enjoyed so was interesting to see where this story was going to take me. Erin is married to Greg, they’ve been having a difficult time recently due to Greg’s gambling habit, but it’s obvious they love each other and want to make their marriage work. That is until Erin’s childhood love appears back on the scene after many years away. Adam Bowers broke her heart and now he was back it was like all that never happened!
This was a lovely heart-warming story. I liked all the characters, although part of me hated them at times also! Told over a dual timeline, we switch back and forth in Erin, Greg and Adam’s lives going back to their teenage years. Erin is a lovely character although it did feel that she was being unfair to both Greg and Adam throughout her storyline. Similarly, Greg and Adam were both likeable but still had their issues which they needed to work on. The storyline caught me from the beginning, and whilst there is a lot going on within the book, it was easy to follow and understand. I enjoyed switching back to their younger years where it filled in the gaps as to what had happened!
There are some triggers throughout the book, such as dementia, addiction, and marriage problems, but these are dealt with sensitively and in context with the storyline. I found Erin’s mother’s storyline heart-warming and enjoyed the little mystery solving surrounding her. I have to admit to finding the ending not what I expected, but I can understand why it was done like that! I did enjoy the music references throughout the book and some of the songs brought back happy memories from my younger years! Overall, this was a heart-warming, emotional read which was well-written and understandable. Would recommend!
Clare Swatman is the author of three women’s fiction novels, published by Macmillan, which have been translated into over 20 languages. She has been a journalist for over twenty years, writing for Bella and Woman & Home amongst many other magazines. She lives in Hertfordshire. Before We Grow Old, was published in January 2022.
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