When I first hear about Valentina, I decided to wait a while until I read the book. I actually didn't know much about it, apart from it was a must read.
One of the most difficult things to believe about this book is that it is a debut novel.
S E Lynes, sure knows how to write a complex tale, from page one I adored the writing style, and although through out the book I guessed a few of the plots, this did not deter from the story telling or enjoyment of the book.
I found the premise of having a new baby and moving away, to living a new life alone while your partner worked off shore to be clever. It reminded me that no matter how many people around you, how much you wanted and love your child, It is one of the most daunting and lonely times of your life. Add to the mix a move and your whole support system of family and work friends has gone, and you are left with a very lonely Mother trying to make her way in a new place, in new situations, and luckily or not a new friend.
Valentina is a wonderfully written book that drew me in and I found myself wanting to savour and devour it at the same time. Working out how the friendship between Shona and Valentina was going to become, as well as being reminded how tough it is to be a new mum. Clever, simply clever.
I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more from S E Lynes.
4.5 star rating from Bookstormer