Rosie Dunne and Alex Stewart have been best friends since the were 7-years-old. When Alex is 17, his family relocates from Dublin, Ireland to Boston, MA in the United States. Although the two best friends keep in touch, they develop more-than-friends feelings for each other. What gets in the way? Life, circumstance, missed opportunities and miscommunication. Told through a series of correspondence in various forms, we see their relationship change over the years, wondering if these two will ever get together.
This is now my 4th Cecila Ahern book. I first read PS I Love You, then A Place Called Here followed by The Book of Tomorrow. Each of her books has been entertaining, well written and filled with wonderfully complex characters and strong female lead characters. Love, Rosie was no different. Rosie Dunne is an exceptionally smart and witty girl who drinks a bit too much one night and ends up getting pregnant immediately having graduated high school. While this initially prevents her from moving to Boston to start a new life in Alex, baby Katie does set Rosie down a different path in her life.
The entire book is a short and quick read because it is written entirely in correspondence form: letters, birthday cards, e-mails, IMs, chat room discussion, and notes passed back and forth in class. I love that Ahern was able to infuse each of the characters with their own voice, and personality without ever formally introducing the character. So much of our daily lives are discussed over the Internet, that it makes sense to write a book replicating this. It was frustrating seeing so many factors get between Rosie and Alex. The book spans their lives from age of 7 to the age of 50. In that time frame, we see Alex excel in his career as a surgeon & marry the wrong women. We see Rosie jump from job to job, raise a daughter and deal with the tragic death of her father, and divorce. I found Rosie interesting, because her heart’s desire has been hotels; working in them, staying in them, being a part of the hospitality scene. Time and time again, we see life get in the way of her dreams and goals, but despite those obstacles, Rosie manages to persevere and keep going. She is a great example of frustration and determination.
Despite the chick-lit moniker, this book is intelligent, well-written, entertaining and a smooth and quick read.