The First Time I Saw Your Face – Hazel Osmond

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“Jennifer had it all.  But a terrible accident has taken almost everything.

Moving back home, her future isn’t looking too bright.  Until she meets Mack.

Sexy, dishevelled and just a little clumsy, he starts to make her believe that she can move on from the past and embrace life all over again.  But he has a secret he’d do anything to protect and he’ll have to betray her to keep it…”

I was lucky enough to win this book from a giveaway on Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog.  I had already read, loved and reviewed the author’s previous book Who’s Afraid of Mr Wolfe? so I was very excited to be reading this.

This is one of those books which has a title similar to a song title, this means that I end up singing that song throughout – apologies to my family for the awful noise but I just couldn’t help it, it was all the books fault ;).

I was laughing after just a few pages as Mack and his niece Gabi were introduced, their conversation included her granny, particles and the marital status of pigeons!  I was super intrigued by Mack and surprised that the author introduced him first because for some reason I had been expecting to meet Jennifer at the beginning, this wasn’t a bad thing at all and I think that it probably made me like him more than if things had been the other way round.

A silver centurion was the key to finding out a little bit more about Mack’s previous job and family life (not a pretty picture), it quickly became clear that Mack had a lot on his plate and I wanted to reach into the book and hug him – he seemed like a very huggable character at this point.

When Jennifer was brought into the equation, and in the way she was introduced, I just knew things were going to get unpleasant and that I may not want to hug Mack for much longer.  Jennifer was a lovely character and I warmed to her straight away, when I realised what her ‘affliction’ was I found myself feeling very protective towards her but also keen to find out exactly what had happened.

Jennifer and her celebrity cousin, Cress, had a wonderful telephone relationship, I particularly enjoyed their way of talking in code just in case someone was listening in!

Mack was very perceptive and I couldn’t believe how well he played his new persona, Matt Harper.  I was torn by this because although I felt really annoyed by what he was doing, I also understood his reasons for doing it.  His first meeting with Jennifer didn’t go as I had expected but I’m glad the author wrote it in that way – I think it made it more believable.

There were so many parts of this book that I enjoyed: the drama club and all the characters who took part in it, Mack’s visit to the farm was rather amusing, Mack’s funny inner thoughts and Jennifer’s co-workers at the library were fantastic – thanks to one co-worker in particular I will always associate peaches with the very sexy Mack :).

I loved the farming and countryside atmosphere of the book (sheep poop included), this was something I hadn’t expected but could relate to easily with my own experiences of farming and countryside living.

The story got rather intense towards the end with a few shocks thrown in and there were times when I couldn’t decide which way I thought it would go.  I felt desperately sad for Jennifer as she went through so many ups and downs and didn’t know which way to turn.

The author’s witty style of writing made this book very easy to read, the sensitive subjects that were dealt with in this book were well written and accurate, Hazel managed to capture real life in a wonderfully entertaining way.  The message that you should never judge a book by its cover shone through beautifully.

Another fantastic read, touching but funny and romantic too – this is a book that I would definitely recommend.

The First Time I Saw Your Face can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Hazel Osmond visit her website.

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