Review: The Second Love of my Life by Victoria Walters

The Second Love of my Life by Victoria Walters
Published by Headline 2016 (Paperback)
309 Pages

Thank you to Headline for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

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?


It’s been a while since I’d properly indulged in some good old fashioned Chick Lit so I was really looking forward to sitting down and getting sucked into Victoria Walters debut novel; The Second Love of my Life. The title and cover both intrigued me and I also loved how one of my favourite authors – Giovanna Fletcher was on the cover. 

Rose Walker was known for a few things; her talent with art, her positivity and her relationship with childhood sweetheart, Lucas. However, two years ago Rose’s life changed in a flash. Now she is know as the woman who became a widow at the young age of 24. Rose knows she must move on with her life and try to build a new future, but it’s a thought that is struggling to come to terms with. That’s until a mysterious newcomer called Robert arrives in her small town for the summer. Rose must discover if she can allow herself to move on and to be able to love again.

This book was a rather emotional read and it certainly does tug on your heartstrings just a bit. From the moment I started reading I became emotionally invested in Rose’s story and everything that she was feeling I felt too. Not many books can do that to me, so to make me feel like that was something rather huge. I found myself tearing up at times and it was usually when I was reading this book in public, which didn’t really help. I feel like the theme behind the book was rather interesting and something that I think a lot of people find hard. Can we really have a second chance at love? I’m someone that firmly believes that we can, but as I was really getting into the thoughts of Rose I could strongly understand why she had doubts. 

The strong characters and the setting was also something that drew me further into the book and kept me reading. I love the idea of a small town where everyone knows everyone and Talting was certainly that type of town. I found it so heart-warming how the residents would support one another and how many of them rallied around Rose after her loss. I know the town was fictional but at times it seemed so real. I would love to live in a town like Talting, that’s a fact. As for characters, I don’t think there was a single character that I disliked and I found each of them to have their own little quirks. I also loved the strong bonds that characters had with each other. I enjoyed reading about Rose and Emma’s sisterly bond and also how they’d planned their futures around each other. Also, Robert was a rather endearing character to be introduced to. I found the mystery surrounding him when we first meet him to be a great way to spring him onto us and I really relished in learning more about him and why he was there in Talting.

The only downside this book had was the fact that it was slightly predictable. I could easily tell what was going to happen in some circumstances, but that didn’t really surprise me. I guess this was meant to be an easy read so you were bound to know where the plot line was heading.

The Second Love of my Life was an emotional read that made my emotions go all over the place. I fell in love with the setting and the characters, and although yes the plot line was predictable it doesn’t take away the fact that this was a great debut novel. I can’t wait to see what Victoria Walters brings out next.


Author Bio

Victoria Walters has always loved creating stories. Her first book was handwritten when she was sixteen years old, and was closely modelled on the Sweet Valley High series. Victoria studied sociology at Warwick University and has since worked for a business publisher and as a Waterstones bookseller. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry (named after Harry Potter, not Harry Styles).



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