Format: E-book (Kindle)
Published: 2nd June 2015
Pages: 272 Pages
Amber’s always planned to leave her overbearing mother and their stifling small town behind as soon as she graduates. That is until her car breaks down outside Bale and Son’s mechanics and she meets Freddy Bale. A boy who’d rather live in the moment than make a five-year-plan.
Ignoring her friends’ warnings, Amber puts all dreams for her perfect future on hold, and dives into the romance heart first. On their last day of school, however, Freddy decides to call off their relationship, and Amber does the only thing she can think of: Run away and never look back. Just like she’d always planned.
Ten years pass before Amber sets foot in town again, only returning to look after her ailing mother. While Freddy wants to make amends, Amber is confronted with her own wrong choices from ten years ago. Choices that could change the lives of everyone she’s ever loved.
When first love is given a second chance and the secrets of the past come hurtling into the present, will Amber and Freddy be able to lay their mistakes to rest and make this love the strongest one of all?
I pre-ordered This Love a couple of months before release day because I am a massive Anna Bloom fan – I fall in love more each time I read her novels. I recommend you should all read the Uni Files series by Anna, too.
As the title suggests, This Love is all about being in love and also, how your first love is always the most important – whether you’re still together or not. You always remember the first person you loved and they always hold a place in your heart, whether that’s because you feel stronger without them or happy that you’re both still together – you definitely still remember.
The main characters Freddy and Amber fall for one another pretty quickly and experience a host of emotions including a lot of pain and sadness. Freddy is involved in a car accident that leaves him with life changing injuries. However, Amber doesn’t see this as a hurdle and sticks by him – like any girlfriend would. During his recovery Freddy seems to get cold feet and pushes Amber away – she doesn’t take this too lightly and moves away, before returning 10 years later with her son Isaac.
This Love is laced with words that make your heart ache (definitely a good thing), Anna makes you feel like you are a part of the story and when you can feel the character emotions in your body, you know it’s written well. One thing I did find a little off putting was the level of soppy. I’m not a fan of this and in some areas it did appear unrealistic and a little frustrating. However, as always it’s my own personal reflection and there may be a lot of you that enjoys it – I still love Anna.
I give This Love 5 big fat stars and a recommendation that you should all read.