For as long as I can remember I have loved reading romance stories, even as a teenager I used to immerse myself in books dreaming of the day when I would one day too meet my prince charming and fall in love. My day came, I did meet, fall in love with and marry my soul mate, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still enjoy reading romance stories and watching romantic comedies!
You, Me, Forever swept me off my feet, much in the way that prince charming did to his princess all those years ago. I was captivated by the story and found myself laughing and crying together with the characters as the tale unfolded. It was the perfect book to read during February, the month of love, and I know that if you enjoy romantic books this one will sweep you away too.
Becca Thorne is a writer, but with one bestseller to her name and no current inspiration time is running out to submit her new book. She’s heading to her agent feeling despondent and desperate, when a faulty elevator takes her a ride she will never forget. It leads her to discover that hidden inside the lining of a bag she bought at a charity shop are beautiful love letters, and with no other ideas she presents this newfound love story as her own.
She sets out to uncover the truth behind the letters, finding herself in a small town and getting a bit more than she bargained for when she meets a handsome police officer. As she discovers more of the details behind the ill-fated love story, she realises that the identity of the people are in fact closer to her that she could have guessed.
The love story itself is poignant, it will leave you sad at the realisation that the two people in love were people of different colour who were just not able to be together during Apartheid in South Africa. There is great sadness in this story, with important reminders of the dangers of segregation and just how much heartache such a pointless division can cause.
But despite the sadness that is woven throughout the story, you will also find yourself laughing at the coincidences and hilarity that does ensure from Becca’s determination to see this through and write her new book. There is grief as we are given a glimpse into her childhood, and also a deep aching love as she falls for a man who is in fact unwittingly tied to the heart of the story.
You, Me, Forever by Jo Watson is available for a recommended retail price of R195 from book stores and online retailers.
Thanks to Jonathan Ball Publishers for sharing this beautiful love story with me.