Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Penguin (2nd June 2016)
Sophie’s got used to being the girlfriend of Billy Buskin, the biggest movie star in the world. Sort of.
But when she and Billy take a trip to visit his family in Los Angeles, she quickly discovers she’s totally unprepared for the chaos of Hollywood, the paparazzi and Billy’s controlling mother.
And when Billy extends his stay in LA, leaving Sophie to fly home to Rosefont Hill alone, it seems there’s more than just miles between them.
Now Sophie must decide if they can overcome their differences for good. Because not every love story lasts the distance . . .
Always with Love is the sequel with Giovanna Fletcher’s debut novel Billy and Me – although this book would also make perfect sense as a stand alone book, so don’t worry if you haven’t read the first book.
I always feel when I get to the end of a book that I want to know what has happened to the characters if you fast forward 6months or a year on from the end of the story and this book does just this. The story starts with Sophie and Billy flying to LA to visit his family, with Sophie meeting them for the first time. Billy is currently on a break from his acting career and while he is over in LA, his resolve to have time to himself is tested by his manipulative mother and the lure of Hollywood.
Giovanna doesn’t shy away from the difficulties in relationships which is nice to see as her own relationship with pop star husband, Tom, always comes across as the perfect relationship through her various social media channels (this is not a criticism!). Gi perfectly plays with your emotions in relation to Sophie’s mum and Colin’s upcoming wedding and stresses the importance of having a grounded family when you are caught up in the world of celebrity – something Gi is very lucky to have herself. I did wonder if Gi’s own experience of the press writing what they like about her own life contributed to her inclusion of the negative portrayal of the tabloid press in this book – I mean, whoever let fact and truth get in the way of a good story!
This book is a lovely, easy read and left me laughing, smiling, crying and I feel the ending was perfect – although it did leave the door open for Gi to visit Sophie again another 12months further down the line.