Does first love deserve a second chance?
During her first week at art college, Rosie Jackson, almost seventeen, locks eyes with the charismatic Peter from across the room of their nude figure drawing class, and the course of her life is changed forever.
Now, on the cusp of sixty-five and recently widowed, Rosie is slowly coming to terms with a new future. And after a chance encounter with Peter forty-seven years later, she is brought back to that summer of 1968, when she fell in love for the first time and dared to dream boldly of a life in Paris. As Rosie and Peter pick up where they had left off, they both begin to wonder what if . . .
*Thank you to the publisher, Skyhorse Publishing, and NetGalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve been a fan of Sue Watson’s romantic comedy novels and seeing We’ll Always Have Paris is something different, a little more serious from her usual work, I am curious to see how it’ll be. It is about sixty-five years old Rosie Draper, recently widowed, coping with the loss of her husband and coming to terms of going through the rest of her life without him. And then she saw Peter again. The guy she fell in love with when she was seventeen. Her first love and her first heartbreak. Though over 40 years have passed, Rosie’s feelings for him is evidently still there and it looks like he feels the same way. They got to thinking about what might have been had they ended up together. And now that both of them are single, the idea of giving love a second chance is strong. But they are also a different person in so many ways from what they were. They are now older and wiser. It doesn’t help that Rosie’s children are not so happy with the idea of their mother with someone else. Is a second chance still possible for Rosie and Peter?
We’ll Always Have Paris is a heartwarming love story about different kinds of love and of second chances, no matter your age is. But there is so much more to it than romance, it is also a realistic yet wonderful story about relationships, family, loss, yearning to fulfill a youthful dream and finding yourself again. There’s not a lot of romance novels wherein the characters are on their sixties, and this alone makes it for a refreshing read. Rosie is a strong main character and one that is relatable. I easily relate with her despite not being in my 60s. It had a really good start and strong enough ending but it slows down towards the middle as Rosie reminisce about the past she shared with Peter. Which I actually enjoyed. I appreciate that it gives enough space for the past events that readers are able to witness the depth of Rosie’s feelings towards Peter.
Although the title mentioned Paris, the story didn’t really take place there, so that one is a bit of a disappointment. Paris was mentioned a lot of time, however, because it was part of Rosie and Peter’s dream back when they were young. And though it is different from Sue’s usual books, her wit and humor are still present which is an added delight. It is also deep but not overly dramatic than I initially thought. It is sweet and beautiful. A light read and a totally wonderful love story of an older, more mature couple.