Wow, this was a surprisingly emotional read which even brought tears to my eyes.
Another Love is about a woman and her relationship with alcohol. I went into this thinking I probably wouldn’t get very emotionally involved, but I could not have been more wrong.
Firstly, reading a character being described as a “bookish ginger-haired, spectacle-wearing girl” (I’m sure I know one of those) helped to get me onside.
With regards to the alcoholism, it was the gradual increase that helped me connect. In fact, I very much saw myself in Romilly, as I’m sure many others will. I was an exceptionally shy teenager with very low self-esteem, and without a doubt used alcohol to give me confidence. As I got older, I also used alcohol to deal with stress. There are times in my life when my alcohol consumption may have been viewed as out of control. The good news is that I sorted myself out, and actually hardly ever drink now, and certainly don’t feel I need a drink to get through the day or certain situations.
I have felt frustrated by characters in books before, but it has been a while since I’ve been this frustrated. Romilly’s uncontrollable drinking and self-destructive side drove me crazy at times. I wanted to shake sense into her and throw away the bottle of booze she got her hands on. This book really did fill me with an overwhelming frustration, and I even had to rant about Romilly to my husband, as if she was a real person I was trying to help.
My initial intention was to give this book 4 stars, but having realised how emotional I feel just writing this review, it definitely deserves 5 stars from me.
I would like to thank the publisher, Head of Zeus for allowing me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.