Everyone remembers their first kiss. But what about the last?
Its 1961 and journalist Rosamund Bailey is ready to change the world. She is a woman with a purpose and an independence that she prides herself in. When she meets explorer and man about town Dominic Blake, she realises she has found the love of her life. Just as happiness is in their grasp, the worst happens, and their future is snatched away.
Fast forward to present day, deep in the vaults of a museum, archivist Abby Morgan stumbles upon a breath taking find. A faded photograph of a man saying goodbye to the woman he loves. Looking for a way to escape her own heartache and cheating husband Abby becomes obsessed with the story. Little does she know that behind the image frozen in time lies a secret altogether more extraordinary.
This book was so well researched that at times I felt I was reading a memoir instead of a fictional novel. I enjoy reading books that fluctuate between eras so this book was the perfect read for me. The characters from the earlier years were socialites, and enjoyed living the high life. They were journalists, wealthy business people and lived a life of indulgence.
The latter years, however told us about normal everyday characters with normal everyday jobs. From Abby’s heartbreak to Ros’s despair, both sides of the story were telling us the same thing. About the importance of love.
The book is beautifully written and the storytelling nature in which it’s done so is refreshing to read. From Russia to London to The Amazon it led a very believable story line. To me it was a bit predictable towards the ending but overall I enjoyed it. A perfect read for history lovers with a hint of romance.