The #Bookvent Calendar 2020 – Day 10


#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2020

My tenth #bookvent choice sees me stepping away from the crime fiction genre for just a moment, to a book that took me completely by surprise when I read it earlier this year. I’m not known for my warm and gushy side, probably because I don’t have one but as this book was billed as ‘not a typical love story’ it had me intrigued and as the author was a favourite of mine, typically for her crime fiction, I dived right in. I am so glad I did because it wasn’t a typical love story, but it was a story that had me completely invested from the start. My day ten pick is …


The Life We Almost Had by Amelia Henley

This is not a typical love story, but it’s our love story.

Anna wasn’t looking for love when Adam swept her off her feet but there was no denying their connection, and she believed they would be together forever.

Years later, cracks have appeared in their relationship. Anna is questioning whether their love can really be eternal when a cruel twist of fate delivers a crushing blow, and Anna and Adam are completely lost to one another. Now, Anna needs Adam more than ever, but the way back to him has life-changing consequences.

Is a second chance at first love really worth the sacrifice? Anna needs to decide and time is running out…

A beautiful and emotional love story that asks, how far would you go for a second chance at first love? Perfect for fans of The Man Who Didn’t Call and Miss You.


This book is one that longed in your memory long after you finish reading it. From the beginning it is clear that this is far from your typical happily ever after story and yet it still manages to leave you with an overwhelming sense of hope. When our two central characters meet, it is after one of them, Anna, suffers a most crushing blow – jilted pretty much at the altar and on her ‘honeymoon’ with her best friend instead of her intended. Their meeting is almost fated, the course of their marriage tinged with both happiness and sadness, right to the point in the middle of the novel when everything turns on its head. it is really hard to say much about the book without giving anything away but it is safe to say that an event occurs that changes everything. Anna would give anything for a second chance with Adam, but the sacrifices she has to make could cost her everything. This book is full of romance, laughter, tears, sadness and regrets. It is a story that questions how far you are willing to go to be with the love of your life. Beautifully written, if left me with a myriad of emotions and a smile on my face when I had finished reading. It isn’t your typical romance – there is a slight twist in the tale – but it is all the better for it. And that ending … Poignant and memorable. Fab stuff.

To read my full review, head to the original post, here.

Happy #bookvent reading all


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