Reminiscent of One Day And 84 Charing Cross Road, That Part Was True is a bittersweet story about falling in love and risking it all.
Can you fall in love with someone you've never met?
When Eve Petworth writes to Jackson Cooper to praise a scene in one of his books, they discover a mutual love of cookery and food. As their letters criss-cross the ocean that lies between them, friendship and then romance blossom despite Jackson's colourful love life and Eve's tense relationship with her soon-to-be-married daughter. Little by little, Eve and Jack begin to believe that they may have a chance to change their lives and possibly get a second chance at happiness. They just need to actually meet. . .
A gorgeous, escapist read about food, friendship and falling in love from afar. . .
About the Author
Deborah McKinlay has published half a dozen non-fiction titles in the UK. Her first novel, The View From Here, was published in 2011 and her books have been translated into numerous languages. Her work has appeared in British Vogue, Cosmopolitan, And Esquire. She lives in South West England.
Read Caroline Baum's Review
Mature age romance can be sentimental and icky if too much sugar is part of the mixture. Happily this is not the case in this gentle, genteel novel about two people on their own.
When British country divorcee Eve Petworth writes to Jackson Cooper to praise a scene in one of the bestselling novels that has earned him his enviably comfortable Hamptons lifestyle, she begins a correspondence that blooms into friendship. Eve is caught up in her overbearing daughter Izzy’s wedding plans, while Jack is dating an attractive woman who is successful, straight-talking and independent.
Both Eve and Jack share an amateur interest in food, which becomes an easy natural topic of their correspondence, as they get to know each other at a safe distance. But will they ever meet?
A mild, unrushed bittersweet examination of how new relationships can begin in the later stages of life.
Wry detachment and affection NEW YORK TIMES I was completely charmed by this gentle, thoroughly engaging debut. -- Fanny Blake WOMAN & HOME 20140303 A sweet and tender romance, that is also extremely funny SUNDAY MIRROR 20140323 Despite living miles apart and having very different lifestyles, Eve and Jackson establish a friendship through their love of food, sharing recipes and snippets of their daily lives. The unexpected ending makes this a delicious read. PRESS ASSOCIATION (syndicated review) 20140325 [An] enchanting blanket STYLIST 20140409
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 13th March 2014
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.4 x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.32