Published by: Headline Review (7th April 2016)
Source: Publisher provided egalley, via NetGalley
In the small Cornish town of Talting, everyone is known for something.
Up to the age of twenty-four, artist Rose Walker was known for lots of things: her infectious positivity; her unique artistic talent; her second-to-none cookery skills; and, of course, her devotion to childhood sweetheart and husband Lucas.
But, two years ago, all of that changed in one, unthinkable moment. Now, Rose is known for being a young woman who became a widow aged just twenty-four.
Rose knows that life must - should - go on. But the prospect of trying to carve out a future for herself is one she can still barely entertain. Until a newcomer, Robert Green, arrives in Talting for the summer...
Can Rose allow herself the chance to love again?
As soon as I saw the gorgeous cover of Victoria Walters' debut novel, I wanted to read it. The lovely bright colours and eye catching image stood out among rows of other cover images.
The setting of Talting really struck a chord with me, being from a small town in the Westcountry myself, but the close knit community in the book brought to mind a smaller place than a town, perhaps a village or hamlet. The descriptions of the environment are good and I could picture most of the scenery without much difficulty.
Rose is a likeable, believable character, if a little naive, and seems fairly typical of a lead female in a romance novel. The minor characters gave good support, but I found Robert a bit hard hard work. I get that he is meant to be mysterious, but I just didn't find him very believable, unfortunately.
The Second Love of my Life is an easy to read romance that has elements of sombreness. It is rather predictable, but that's not out of the ordinary for the genre and doesn't detract from the story.
Thanks to Headline Review and NetGalley for providing me with a copy, in return for my honest review.