The First Time I Saw You
Six-foot-two Irish man who answers to the name Samuel McLaughlin.
Has weak shins and enjoys show tunes.
If found, please return to Sophie Williams.
Before Sophie met Samuel she saw the world in grey.
Before Samuel met Sophie, he never believed in love at first sight.
When they first meet, something tells them they are meant to be.
But fate has other ideas.
Now they have lost each other and can’t see a way back.
But they’ve already changed each other’s lives in more ways
than they ever expected..
Published on ebook 1st July 2019, paperback to be released 9th January 2020 by Headline.
This book has so many layers that weave together the complexity of the lives involved and how life has a way of throwing up curve balls and silver linings.
Sophie and Samuel meet in a chance moment and after that neither of their lives are the same. The serendipity involved throughout the book is both endearing and frustrating as so many things conspire against the two of them but you are 100% involved and committed to both of them finding some happiness.
Samuel has an amazing family. The Mclaughlins are A TRIP and I think they deserve a book all of their very own; they were magnificent and added such warmth, humour and faith in family throughout.
Sophie’s background is completely different and meeting Samuel inadvertently triggers her return to her childhood home, her traumatic past, and possibly the route to redemption for her and her half-sister Helen.
Both of our protagonists have a lot of obstacles to overcome and they become as far apart really as possible to figure out what matters and what doesn’t. They have friends, family, careers, and issues from their pasts that crowd their lives and flood what had been such a wonderful beginning for the two of them. This is heartbreaking and painful to witness, enduring the pain and loss that the two of them encounter as well as the exasperating missed chances.
This rollercoaster of a book has you hooked, with every emotion felt through every event. It is a wonderful, poignant and moving story about forgiveness, family, and love.
**I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, all opinions and views expressed in this review are entirely my own.