Author: Rosie Rushton
Published by: Piccadilly Press
Publication date: 26th January 2010
Genres: Young Adult/War/Romance/Contemporary
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
At first, when I looked at this book, I thought it looked a bit boring. I decided to try it anyway, and I'm so glad I did because it was one of the best novels I've read this year - seriously!
I haven't read any of Rosie Rushton's other books, but I think I might have to now, because this novel was amazing. It really made me think about how hard and worrying it must be when your partner goes to war. You don't know if they'll come back or not - the waiting must be horrible. There was a really nice chapter in this book where Felix and Anna met again after Felix had been away for so long, and it was just so nice. I really liked the way that even though Anna's Dad didn't approve of Felix, she stayed with him because she loved him and she didn't care what anybody else thought.
The first line in this Jane Austen style novel is 'Anna stared at the newspaper headline, her shaking hands making the type wobble in front of her eyes.' This is a brilliant first line because it makes the reader want to know what happens next.
I love the cover of this novel, I like the way the bright, shiny, pink writing stands out against the sunset. I'm not too sure what the title has to do with the story, though. Other than that, this book is fantastic!
I think there were too many characters and homes in this book. Sometimes I wasn't sure where Anna was, and who she was speaking too. Maybe this novel would have been better with a few less characters.
At the top of each chapter is a quote from Persuasion which is written by Jane Austen. Somehow they make sense, they go with the story. I really liked that.
Overall this book is absolutely amazing - it's a novel that makes you think a lot after you've read it. I give it a rating of 5/5, and I recommend it to readers maybe 11+.