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Hits the mark,
This review is from: But I Told You Last Year That I Loved You (Paperback)
This story takes the reader on a satisfying and enjoyable journey.
The humour and lighthearted style camouflage the growing seriousness of the situation, in which a long-term, loving relationship comes under threat because of conflicting dreams: Sol wants to live in Northumberland, Fran wants to take up the advice job she has been offered in Derbyshire.
An apparently straightforward conflict is complicated by contrasting psychologies, which are richly brought to life.
Fran is an extrovert who is drawn to people, but she becomes both distracted and exhausted by their needs. While she loves Sol, she also needs validation from the outside world - the advice job appears to offer just that opportunity.
Sol doesn't understand - he is internally driven, whether by enthusiasms or personal sticking points - and seems set on escaping interaction with the world.
His original take on life is very demanding, but leads to some glorious one-liners ('your nose is rather reminiscent of the twisted spire in Chesterfield....I like the twisted spire. And don't forget, it's a tourist attraction.')
This man will surely become a new kind of hero in male leads....certainly my husband, when he leaned over my shoulder to take a look, nodded in agreement with the last line in the book.
The lasting impression created by this heart-warming story is one of recognition - that life-changing situations arise all too suddenly, and that understanding how another person works is an eternal puzzle with hard-won insights. Honesty and courageous action eventually distill what matters most - bringing this story to its rightful conclusion.
Sue Hepworth has made a valuable contribution to 'mature' fiction. She demonstrates that strong emotions reduce us all to novice status, regardless of our age.