I’m a huge fan of Graeme Simsion and I absolutely adored reading The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect. Needless to say, that when this book came across my desk I had to stop everything to read it.
About the Book
This is the blurb from the back of the book:
A novel about love, music and coming to terms with the past, from the author of the international bestseller The Rosie Project.
On the cusp of fifty, Adam Sharp has a loyal partner, earns a good income as an IT contractor and is the music-trivia expert at quiz nights. It’s the lifestyle he wanted, but something’s missing.
Two decades ago, on the other side of the world, his part-time piano playing led him into a passionate relationship with Angelina Brown, who’d abandoned law studies to pursue her acting dream. She gave Adam a chance to make it something more than an affair—but he didn’t take it. And now he can’t shake off his nostalgia for what might have been.
Then, out of nowhere, Angelina gets in touch. What does she want? Does Adam dare to live dangerously? How far will he go for a second chance?
My first thought was that this is definitely not like The Rosie Project. You can tell it’s written by the same person because he’s got such a lovely way with characters, but if you’re expecting another light hearted, funny, quirky read, this isn’t it. Be prepared for a very different Graeme Simsion book. It’s still quirky, but not as humorous.
It starts off telling Adam’s story from an age in his mid twenties as he’s living in Australia consulting. He meets the beautiful and sad Angelina (an actress off a show similar to Neighbours, lol) and he falls irrevocably in love with her. But essentially, they don’t love each other enough (or don’t think they do) and Adam ends up returning to the UK. Both carry on with their separate lives over the next 20 years until they end up reconnecting. This book is about discovering yourself again and also exploring whether time changes what and who you think you are. I really want to tell you if Angelina and Adam get together in the end, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. You’ll have to read it for yourself.
Some other notes: I don’t know if it’s just me, or if there is really a trend in books on the theme of infidelity, but they seem to be everywhere I look. So, if you’re adverse to that sort of thing, don’t read it. There was an awkward ménage moment in the last third of the book that I think was meant to make me feel awkward, and thinking back on it now, I applaud Simsion for doing such a great job. Without it, the resolution wouldn’t have been so satisfying. Also, another note that may put off some readers is that there’s a strong music theme in this book. Simsion uses many songs and a few lyrics throughout. Some people will find this a charming trip down memory lane, others may find it a disjointing to frequently take yourself out of the story in order to try and place a song or lyric.
So, if you’re expecting another Rosie Project, this isn’t it. It’s also not a mushy love story. But there is a (debatably satisfying) happy ending. I’m very keen to hear what you have to say. Read it and let me know!