The Man I Loved Before by Anna Mansell

I listened to the audio book narrated by Ella Lynch

Romance and a whole lot more

My rating:  4 out of 5

A chatty fast moving book, that starts as a romance and then turns into so much more.

Jem, fun and impetuous , is still not over Ben, when she meets her old school mate Mitch via Tinder.  However all is not plain sailing as Jem’s “write it all down, and then burn it” cathartic letter to Ben, which was never meant to be sent, has been kindly posted by her wonderful mum.   Meanwhile Jem’s mum has cancer, and Jem needs to look after her, get a better job, see how things will go with Mitch, all whilst getting that letter back.

This is a mostly upbeat story, due to Jem’s character, her great chats with her best friend and her whole lifestyle.  However there are bitter-sweet moments due to her mother’s illness (indeed there are tears!), and then there is the relationship with Mitch which make this a fantastic read.

4*s for this great “romance with a punch” story.  This is the first book I have read/listened to by Anna Mansell and I found myself giving Jem a hug, telling her to watch out, and totally involved in what was going on.   Great. 

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