Title: The first last Kiss
Author: Ali Harris
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
How do you hold on to a love that is slowly slipping away from you?
Can you let go of the past when you know what is in the future?
And how do you cope when you know that every kiss is a countdown to goodbye?
This is the story of a love affair, of Ryan and Molly and how they fell in love and were torn apart. The first time Molly kissed Ryan, she knew they’d be together forever. Six years and thousands of kisses later she’s married to the man she loves. But today, when Ryan kisses her, Molly realises how many of them she wasted because the future holds something which neither of them could have ever predicted…
If it hadn’t been for the lovely cover and the fact that I really enjoyed Ali Harris debut, Miracle on Regent Street, I probably wouldn’t have read this book, because the blurb is quite vague. But.. I’m so glad I did! This is such an amazing novel and I enjoyed reading it so much!
The story takes place when Molly is packing up to move house. While packing, she picks up all sorts of things that have a memory attached to it of her and Ryan of a kiss they shared. You are thrown into that memory and every memory is a new piece that fits the big jigsaw puzzle of Ryan and Molly’s life.
This novel shows us that life and especially love isn’t easy. Together with Ryan, Molly faces life in its ups and downs and although she can be very selfish, she still wants the best for Ryan, even if life doesn’t always turns out as she wants it.
Honestly, I think this book is even better than Miracle on Regent Street. Perhaps I shouldn’t be comparing them, because this one leans more to the contemporary fiction genre and isn’t really chick lit anymore, although that is what the cover might suggest.
I also think the author did a great job by putting some true messages in this book, which make you realise that ‘perfect’ doesn’t exist.
Loving someone means having the confidence to know that you won’t be happy al the time, that they can’t make you happy all the time.*
I didn’t say much about the storyline itself in this review, but if I’d do so, I would reveal the entire story, so it’s up to you to read this wonderful book!
*From ‘The first last Kiss’ by Ali Harris, page 235.
The First Last Kiss is a heart warming read. It had me laughing and crying but most importantly it made me think of the bigger picture and be grateful for my lot in life.
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