Oh my goodness what a book. It got me. It got me big time. This book has over 59,000 reviews on Goodreads. It's a bestselling sensation but bizarrely I'd never heard of it before but it sure does tell a story. It's one of those stories where the characters end up being in your head a long time after you've stopped reading. It's a pretty heartbreaking novel so beware.
The story follows Lily. When she meets neurosurgeon Ryle (insert description of doctor's scrubs here, which there seems to be a lot of!) and opens her own plant shop her life seems too good to be true. Ryle is sensitive, brilliant and hot, but guess what? He's not all perfect. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so does thoughts of Atlas Corrigan - her first love and link to the past she left behind. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
The book itself is well written, if a little on the cheesy side in the beginning but it does quickly improve and the characters end up being wonderfully rounded, nuanced and flawed. Don't expect the perfect romance in these pages because let's face it, there's no such thing. And that's ultimately why I think the book has proved so popular and is such a great read. It takes all the things about romance reads we love and turns them upside down. So that the end, the characters you love soon become the most flawed, but you end up liking them anyway.