A Love to Last a Lifetime, a review by Shelley

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Clare Swatman

Boldwood Books
Expected Publication January 23rd, 2023
315 pages
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This is my third book by this author. Having read and loved both Before We Grow Old and How To Save A Life I was so excited to get approved for this on NetGalley. Clare Swatman always seems to tug at my heartstrings. She has such a lovely way with words and putting feelings to paper. I felt so many emotions while reading this book. I was happy and laughing at times and felt sad and angry too, it also made me swoon at the lovely dovey bits.

Everyone has heard of the one that got away, I even have one myself. This is the case for Erin, who is married to Greg, when her one that got away, Adam, comes back. I really liked the format of this book with now and then chapters. Funnily enough, I liked the now chapters more than the then. I usually like the before chapters more because getting to know the character’s background is so much more interesting but in this case, I found Erin and Adam’s current story much more engaging. I still really liked the then chapters, very much.

I have to mention that each chapter has the title of a song as its heading. Oh how I enjoyed being taken back in time. I was a teen in the 80s and my son was a teen in the 90s so the songs gave not only the characters memories but me as well. One chapter is titled Don’t You Want ME Baby by The Human League and it reminded me of my son singing it as “Don’t Chew On Me Baby”.

I really appreciated how authentically the dementia patient was portrayed. My aunt had early onset dementia and the author did an amazing job making it realistic from both the patient’s point of view and the family’s as well. What a beautifully poignant read by an author who has become one of my favourites and an auto buy for me.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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