I am a huge fan of Rachel Dove and it is a huge honour to be involved in the blog tour for her latest release, Ten Dates. The cover is bright and appealing, and definitely draws into the story, where two people meet for the first time …. again!
Is it the end of their love story or just the beginning?
Callum Roberts and Alice McClaren have spent two wonderful years building a life and a home and making plans for a future together. But when Alice is involved in a car crash, Callum fears that he has lost her forever. As he sits by her bedside he promises he’ll do anything if only she’ll open her eyes…
But when Alice does finally wake up, she has absolutely no memory of being in love with Callum or the life they once shared. In fact, all she remembers about him is how incredibly annoying he once was! How can she have forgotten him if she really did love him so deeply?
Callum is determined to prove to Alice that what they had was special, so he makes her a deal: he’ll recreate their first ten dates and make her fall in love with him all over again!
Alice isn’t sure Callum can fill in all the gaps in their story.And what if going back to the start only means the end?
This has been my favourite romance read of the year so far. It was very addictive and based on a really interesting and original premise. Callum was a fiercely loyal, patient and kind partner as he helped Alice rebuild the pieces of her life after suffering a tremendous brain injury.
There were times through this story where I laughed and others where I sobbed my little heart out. It was a true rollercoaster that I experienced with the characters. The complexity of memory definitely comes through as Alice wonders why she remembers certain things and not others, leaving her to question some of the choices she made before the accident.
I was never in any doubt that Callum was perfect for her, but will Alice be able to place the pieces of the puzzle back together before she loses Callum for good?
The ending of the book was both devastating and beautiful. I felt like my heart had been ripped out, trampled on and then stitched back together.
A truly gorgeous, heart-warming read that explores human connection in its most complex, and yet simplest form – love.
This book and author is a perfect choice for fans of Beth O Leary, Rachel Marks and Jill Shalvis.
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