Thursday 3 March 2022

BLOG TOUR: The One - Claire Frost

What happens when you lose the love of your life just three months after you meet him?

Lottie Brown has finally found The One. Leo is everything she’s ever wanted – he’s handsome, kind, funny and totally gets her. Three months into their relationship, Lottie is in love and happier than ever before. 

But then Leo tragically dies, and Lottie is left floundering.

As she struggles to stop her life falling apart, Lottie learns more about the man she thought she knew, and starts to question whether Leo really was as perfect as he seemed…

The brand-new heart-breaking novel of love, loss and learning to live again, from the acclaimed author of MARRIED AT FIRST SWIPE. Perfect for fans of Paige Toon, Holly Miller and Rosie Walsh.

What did I think?

Oh my goodness, what a rollercoaster of emotions I experienced when reading Claire Frost's new novel, The One.  I absolutely loved it, despite my heart breaking, as the beautiful writing and heartwarming plot put my heart back together again.  I also have to say that I think the publisher has done a wonderful job with the cover, it's stunning.

Lottie and Leo only knew each other for three months before Leo dies, so Lottie's place in the hierarchy of Leo's life is confusing to her; she's grieving his loss as his partner but she never even met his parents so she feels like a bit of a gatecrasher at his funeral.  Leo's parents and his cousin, Ross, welcome Lottie into their family and you can't help but wonder what might have been.

I know it says in the blurb that Leo dies but I still got a shock.  Lottie was so happy to have finally found her 'One' and she could imagine a whole future ahead of her where she would be blissfully happy, just like her sisters.  Leo was everything that Lottie had ever wanted but they were still in the honeymoon period when he died so she obviously doesn't know everything about him - those old rose coloured glasses do have a lot to answer for sometimes!  

I loved the relationships between Lottie and her sisters; they are like the three musketeers as they are always there for each other.  They are sisters first but they're also the best of friends and I just loved how they rallied round Lottie when she was grieving.  Seeing Lottie picking herself back up was so uplifting, of course she will never forget Leo but she can't give up on life...and love.

So heartbreaking but incredibly heartwarming, The One is a beautifully written novel of love and loss.  It's emotional, uplifting and hopeful - a book for anyone who has ever loved and lost.

I received an ARC from the publisher to read and review for the blog tour; all opinions are my own.

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