It would be fair to say that a large majority of the books I read are very similar. Similar kinds of characters with a similar plot and story line and sometimes this can get a little bit dull. ‘When I Fall in Love’ by Miranda Dickinson is the first book in a while that has well and truly tugged at my heart strings and I won’t lie, it has had me full on sobbing into my pillow. That might put some people off but in actual fact, I love books that can evoke such a strong emotion as I think it’s quite a hard thing to do.
The blurb: Elsie Maynard never expected to start again… But eighteen months on from the biggest challenge of her life, she is doing just that- because she made a promise to the person who believed in her the most. Determined to step into her uncertain future, Elsie meets handsome Oliver Hogarth who seems intent on winning her heart and inadvertently founds a choir. Then a heartfelt request brings her to Paris- and the final item on ‘The List’ she never dared complete. Can Elsie follow her heart and put her past to rest?
I have always been the type of person to be more likely to cry at a book than a film. I’m not sure why, maybe it’s something to do with the fact that when you read a book, you can allow your imagination to completely run away with you and when you are able to form pictures of the characters and surroundings for yourself, you can almost relate to everything that happens so much more. I can honestly say that I haven’t cried, reading a book, as much as I have whilst reading this for a very long time. If you are in a relationship or happily married, this book will no doubt have you sobbing as it did me. But not in a way that would make you want to put the book down. By the end, I actually felt so emotionally invested in these characters that it really did pain me to finish the book! So kudos to Miranda for that. If books that make you cry put you off then that is a real shame as you will be missing out on a truly lovely book. Maybe I am just mega soppy and need to man up a bit, who knows, but I feel like this book makes you cry in a good way. You know when you feel better after a good cry. Well it’s like that :D.
This book has been a really nice change from the usual chick lit that I normally read as even though it had a happy ending, there were plenty of upsets along the way which made me just want to reach inside the pages and hug poor Elsie at times! It’s a magical thing to feel as though you connect with characters in a book which pretty much reflects just how talented Miranda Dickinson is as an author.
I hope to read many more of her books in the future, lets put it that way! :)
My Next Read: Summer Kisses by Sarah Morgan
Thanks for reading!