Rania Battany made me cry again. It doesn’t matter what story she decides to tell, I know I can count on her to deliver a fabulous read with very real and flawed characters who are dealing with issues just like we do.
I like that I don’t necessarily like the main characters all the time, that they annoy me in some ways, and I realised on reflection, that in Rania’s novels, the reason I don’t like little aspects of some characters, is because they remind me of my own annoying traits, and this is exactly how I felt about Chloe. Chloe was a great character, I completely understood her desire to find love the ‘real’ way, this is me, I hate the whole internet dating thing, people pretending to be something they aren’t and only being interested in one thing, and this was exactly how Chloe felt. When she tries to go without her mobile phone and revert back to the 90s you really begin to understand just how much we rely on technology to get through each day.
I loved Matteo, he was just the kind of guy I could fall for. His personality worked really well against Chloe’s and he was a genuine guy who understood Chloe and went out of his way to help her when she decides to dig into her grandparents’ past.
Chloe Idolises her grandparent’s marriage and when she decides to reinvent the cafe they owned together for so many years, she stumbles across secrets that have been buried for over 50 years and uncovers things that will change everything she believed.
Interspersed between Chloe’s story, we get Arthur’s story, her grandfather, from 1959 when he meets her grandmother June. Arthur is just beautiful, from a completely different place from June, their friendship and then more is not appropriate, but it isn’t until much further along, that we find out the whole truth about their relationship.
So many secrets and half-truths, Chloe has no idea what she will uncover when she starts digging, and we the reader don’t uncover it all until she does either. The ending of this novel made me cry, both happy and sad tears, tears for what was, what could have been and what still might be for Chloe.
I really enjoyed this novel, and definitely recommend you read it.
About the book: 2018: All Chloe wanted was an eternal love – like that of her grandparents. What she got was a broken heart and a rude reminder of single life in the digital age.
After her fiancé leaves, Chloe decides to re-invent the cafe her grandmother June opened in 1959. There, buried amongst her grandmother’s possessions in the abandoned building, lie long-hidden secrets. Secrets that could shatter everything Chloe believes about love … and her grandparents.
1959: Arthur comes from the wrong side of the city. It’s never been an issue … until he fell in love with the beautiful and wealthy June.
There are many reasons to stay away, but when June asks Arthur to renovate her dream tearoom, Arthur doesn’t say no. Each week he falls more in love with a woman who cannot be his, but his heart refuses to listen, and he finds himself doing what no honest man should do – keep secrets to be with the one he loves.