Synopsis: How do you hold on to a love that is slowly slipping away from you?
Can you let go of the past when you know what is in the future?
And how do you cope when you know that every kiss is a countdown to goodbye?
This is the story of a love affair, of Ryan and Molly and how they fell in love and were torn apart. The first time Molly kissed Ryan, she knew they'd be together forever. Six years and thousands of kisses later she's married to the man she loves. But today, when Ryan kisses her, Molly realises how many of them she wasted because the future holds something which neither of them could have ever predicted…<BLO_BREAK>
My Review: If I am totally honest I was very unsure when I read the synopsis for this book. I love a good Chick Lit book, but am also averse to anything too emotional or overly ‘mushy’. However when I started reading I was pleasantly surprised. The book starts with Molly in the current day. We know that something major is happening as she packs away her home, but at this point have no idea what. I soon realised that you had to pay attention because at the start of each chapter, it will tell you to rewind or fast forward and gives the reader a dateline. At first I found it distracting, but towards the middle thought nothing of it.
It’s hard to write a review of this sort of book as its quite original in the way it’s been written and it’s based on the basis of love and how you deal with things through from your teenage years up to adulthood. Initially this may sound boring and predictable, buy Ali Harris has managed to write an extremely clever, thought provoking and emotional book that draws you in as a reader. Now that may sound contradictory to what I said about not liking books being overly emotional, but you are drawn in by the characters first and then you just get swept away.
We read about Molly and Ryan’s life from start to finish, and the reader is drip fed bits of how they met, the problems they had and most importantly the kisses they shared. Molly and Ryan are both characters I immensely liked, but they are also normal human beings who have their own flaws and problems. I soon became used to the change in timeline and felt that as the story went on I knew more and more about each of them, and why they finally get to the stage they do towards the end of the book. If I’m being 100% honest I will admit I certainly didn’t see the ending coming until very near to it happening. I also found that although this book was extremely emotional (so for you ‘cryer’s’ out there you will need tissues) it was absolutely absorbing.
I finished the book and can honestly say I loved it. Although it’s a typical love story it felt original and fresh and I was sad to have finished it so quickly. I’ve now downloaded another of her books and look forward to seeing what else she has done.