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- Publisher: ARROW BOOKS LTD
- Format: Paperback | 304 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 24mm | 240g
- Publication date: 28 May 2002
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0099414821
- ISBN 13: 9780099414827
- Sales rank: 628,449
Is it true what they say about first loves being forever? As the 1980s dawn in the sleepy English village of Rushton, Mickey and Fred are next-door neighbours and best friends, in and out of scrapes from the day they're born. They're convinced that nothing will ever keep them apart. But they're wrong. Fifteen years later, Mickey is beginning a new phase of her life, with a small flower shop in London. Meanwhile, Fred's life is also changing: he's set to marry his girlfriend in just a few short weeks. Then he bumps into Mickey for the first time since their worlds fell apart. As they pick up the threads of their friendship, Fred and Mickey relive their glory days growing up in Rushton. But can they ever really overcome the devastating events that once tore them apart?
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Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees each had novels of their own published before teaming up to write the bestsellers Come Together, Come Again, The Boy Next Door, Love Lives and We are Family. They are married and live in London with their two daughters.
"A moving story of childhood friendship and grown-up love - you won't want to put it down" She
Popular duo Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees join forces for the third time in this romantic novel about first love. The book tells the story of Fred Roper, technophile and fianc? to the well-groomed but ill-suited Rebecca, and Mickey Maloney, single mother and flower-shop owner. They meet by chance in a toy store and so rekindle a friendship that brought them through all the traumas of growing up. The plot is well structured, with a sequence of flashbacks to the characters' shared pasts. The transitions are effortless and effective and the characters endearing and credible, except for the flawed Rebecca who is too conveniently ill matched to the handsome and kind Fred. As the story progresses it becomes inevitable that Mickey and Fred will get back together, that the cold and insatiable Rebecca will get her comeuppance and that Jo, Mickeys shy and withdrawn son, will find the father-figure he so craves. The predictable plot line is surprisingly effective. Two reasons for this are the polished language and the fact that the authors give us two points of view on the same story. This alternating girl/boy perspective proves that, in the case of shared authorship, two can sometimes be better than one. A competent and often charming addition to the romantic fiction genre. (Kirkus UK)