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. And when Billy extends his stay in LA, leaving Sophie to fly home to Rosefont Hill alone, she must decide if they can overcome their differences for good. Because not every love story lasts the distance . . .
Always With Love is the sequel to Billy and Me (and its Christmas novella – which I have reviewed on here) written by Giovanna Fletcher.
When I read Billy & Me I fell in love with the two protagonists, Sophie and Billy, and their story, so when I found out that Giovanna Fletcher was writing a sequel I was very excited – especially as since then she has written more separate novels, it seemed we would not have a sequel any time soon. But the ending of her debut novel presented an obvious opportunity to develop her story.
The novel explored some interesting challenges to Billy and Sophie’s relationship like long distances apart, the realisation of some very different dreams and goals, and even the confusing two-faced nature of the people around them – like Billy’s mum. I loved seeing Sophie mature and realise more about herself as the novel continued, but still keep her sweet nature which I love so much. It was also great to be introduced to Billy’s family, and the relationship between Billy and the rest of the Buskins. The parts of the novel based in LA was really interesting to see his alternate lifestyle, but even more so when contrasted to the calmer setting of Rosefont Hill (and gosh do I wish I could visit her tea shop!).
As you can imagine, the challenges faced by the characters makes for a very engaging novel, which I read in just two days (now that I am free to enjoy reading after finishing first year of uni!). Although a good portion of that reading was done in the queue at Giovanna’s book signing for the novel (at Waterstones in Milton Keynes). She was so lovely, taking her time to have a conversation with every person.
This warmth and down-to-Earth nature of Giovanna is reflected in her writing and the characters, and what makes this novel (along with all her previous writing) so compelling. What a lovely summer read!