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Blog Tour: Before We Grow Old – Clare Swatman

When seven-year-old Fran first met Will they knew instantly that they were made for each other. For eleven years they were inseparable, but then, at the age of eighteen, Will just upped and disappeared.
Twenty-five years later Will is back.
Is fate trying to give them a second chance?
Still nursing the heart break from all those years ago, Fran is reluctant to give Will the time of day.
The price Will must pay is to tell the truth – the truth about why he left, the truth about why he’s back…
And Fran has her own secrets to hide. The time has come to decide what Fran and Will really want from life – before it’s too late.

Clare Swatman is the author of three women’s fiction novels, published by Macmillan, which have been translated into over 20 languages. She has been a journalist for over twenty years, writing for Bella and Woman & Home amongst many other magazines. She lives in Hertfordshire.

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My thoughts: this is a weepy, so have tissues on standby. My cat was actually quite alarmed and even came over to see if I was OK, and then demand food, so you’re warned.

Fran is fed up and sat in a cafe near work one day, the last thing in the world she expects to happen, happens. Her childhood best friend, first love, and fond memory, Will Poulton sits down next to her. Twenty-five years after disappearing to Australia and leaving her bereft. Now he’s back and wants to reconnect.

I really enjoyed this but it was very sad in places, thankfully Will’s adorable daughter and Fran’s grunting teenage son are there for a bit of light relief, bouncing on trampolines and providing some funny lines, otherwise this sweet love story would have been too bitter.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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