Would you risk everything for a second chance at first love?
At forty-nine-going-on-fifty, Adam Sharp likes his life. He works part-time in IT consulting, is a leading member of his local pub-quiz and has a stable relationship with his partner, Claire. But there's something he can't shake: a longing for the life he might have had with smart, strong-willed actress Angelina Brown.
Then, out of nowhere, Angelina walks back into his life. All the intensity of their affair twenty years ago resurfaces and Adam must make a decision.
Should he let her go again? Or does he dare to live dangerously?
Maybe it's unfair to expect an author to produce another book like The Rose Project - but I was at least expecting some of the same style of writing. Unfortunately I was disappointed.
The book is told from the perspective of a 49 year old man - which I welcome as a lot of books these days don't cover this age group. Adam begins his story in the present day and then begins to relive his encounter with Angelina 20 years ago.
I really didn't see the point in going over the events of 20 years ago, but as the book progressed and he reunites with Angelina in the present day, I began to see why the book had been written that way.
Maybe it was a mid life crisis Adam was having - the grass is always greener on the other side - I don't know - but it did nothing to engage me. I disliked the character of Adam the book playing out like a badly directed movie, and when he becomes part of a menage a trois I lost a lot of interest in the book.
The hook of the book is it is based around music - unfortunately I don't have a great knowledge of music and maybe that was why I also did not take to this book. Pages of music trivia did nothing to engage me.
All in all it is a book that is worth a read - just don't expect the wonderful writing shown in The Rosie Project and maybe your expectations will be met better than mine were.
I'm giving this book 3 out of 5 stars. My thanks to Netgalley for a copy of the book for review.