Book Review: The Second Love of my Life by Victoria Walters

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Title - The Second Love of my Life
Author - Victoria Walters
Publication Date - April 7th 2016
Publisher - Headline
Format - Paperback (Provided via publisher)
Pages - 320

In the Cornish town of Talting, everyone is famous for something.

Until recently Rose was known for many things: her infectious positivity; her unique artistic talent; and her devotion to childhood sweetheart Lucas.

But two years ago that changed in one unthinkable moment. Now, Rose is known for being the young woman who became a widow aged just twenty-four.

Though Rose knows that life must go on, the thought of carving out a new future for herself is one she can barely entertain. Until a newcomer, Robert, arrives in Talting for the summer...

Can Rose allow herself the chance to love again?

My, my, my. What an absolute gem of a novel The Second Love of my Life by Victoria Walters turned out to be. After reading the short prequel to this story, The Summer I Met You (find my review here), I couldn't wait to delve into Rose Walker's life in the Cornish town of Talting. The blurb spoke of sadness and tragedy, but also of hope and light. I'd seen countless glowing reviews for the book before I actually started it myself, but now that I've finished and have finally gathered my thoughts surrounding Rose and her story, I'm delighted to say that Victoria Walters can add yet another glowing review to the collection.

Rose Walker, before the heartbreaking loss of her childhood sweetheart Lucas, pretty much had it all. You all know how much I adore a fairytale romance, and it's safe to say that before Lucas was so cruelly snatched away from his young wife, a fairytale romance is exactly what these two characters had. Their love seemed to me to be powerfully real and raw, a connection that had begun to weave its way around them years beforehand, stringing them tightly together. Not only that, but Rose and Lucas's relationship had been built on friendship. They knew each other inside out, had those special habits that only a couple share with each other, and I believe this beautiful history that the author built up behind them made it all the more painful to read about Rose in the here and now.

It's no secret that the loss of Lucas changed Rose, as it would do to anyone. Victoria's style throughout The Second Love of my Life caused tears to well in my eyes on numerous occasions while reading, Highly-emotive, sombre and utterly devastating, it affected me in so many ways, I can't begin to tell you. Memories of Rose's life with Lucas surface, taking her back to a time when she was happy and carefree, such a contrast to the person that she is today. As the novel progresses, readers are witness to Rose slowly coming back to life after a chance meeting with newcomer to Talting, Robert. It's a story of loss, grief, but at the same time, rebuilding and relighting the passion in a person's life that puts that glow back into their cheeks and that rhythm back into their heart.

I thought it was incredible, how Victoria Walters used Rose's artistic abilities to show the reader her progress in putting herself back together. With every painting, Rose began to find herself little by little and it was glorious. The descriptions of Talting, of Rose's friends surrounding her, of the small community where news travelled fast, were absolutely spot-on. I could picture the coastal town so clearly in my mind, not forgetting Rose's cottage and Taylor the cat. The plot itself took a surprising turn later on which left me, as well as Rose, reeling, and I couldn't wait to see how Victoria Walters would untangle the mess her characters had managed to find themselves in! Fate? I would definitely say so.

This novel was beautiful. So, so beautiful. In fact, I honestly cannot wait to read another novel from Victoria Walters. It was romantic, it was full of emotion and memories, longing and grief. It was the story of one woman's journey, one woman's heart, and finally feeling strong and capable enough to stop punishing herself for something that wasn't her fault, and something she cannot change. It's about letting go, loving life once more, and learning to trust again. It summoned up every single emotion within me as the reader, and as I said above, moved me to tears more than once. Rose Walker will stay with me for a very long time to come. I feel as if I took every single step throughout the novel right beside her. I was rooting for her, cheering for her, hoping and praying that she'd somehow be able to get back the sparkle she'd once had.

Becca's Books is awarding The Second Love of my Life by Victoria Walters with five of my bookish stars. This is the perfect book to disappear into, any time of the year. With wonderful characters, an absolutely gorgeous setting, and a plot that will refuse to let go of you, this is a must-read.



  1. I'm reading this book currently! It's so good! :)

  2. This sounds wonderful. I'm going after it right now!