“Do you trust the ones you love? Jake and Rosie fell in love fast. Before they knew it they were married with kids, and happily living in a cramped flat in London. All the while Jake struggled to make it as an actor – waiting for that big, lucky break. When he got it, everything changed. Suddenly Jake was hardly there, working hard, always in demand – a rising star. But as fame and fortune reveals a side to Jake that Rosie’s not sure she likes, she begins to wonder just how well she knows the man she married. And soon enough she’s questioning how far she can trust the woman always at his side – her best friend Christy…”
Jake and Rosie’s romance is a whirlwind one – eight hours after meeting, they declare that they’re in love with each other. And, years later, they’ve defied all odds and stayed together – through years of marriage and two sons. They’ve also hit the big time – for years, Jake has been trying to hit the big-time with his acting career while Rosie’s been the breadwinner, paying the bills until Jake’s dream comes true. Now it has, and they’re suddenly transported from a tiny flat in Neasden to a palatial manor in ‘the Village’, an up-and-coming place just south of the Thames that is full of yummy mummies and high-fliers.
And so starts a new life for Rosie; one of spending money like water, on expensive clothes (even though she refuses to buy more than one dress for movie premieres and Jake’s events) and over-the-top redecorating. However, her life as a full-time mum is starting to feel a bit empty without Jake by her side, and she starts thinking back wistfully on her old job and their old flat – which, tiny as it was, was always filled with love and happiness. Nowadays, Rosie barely sees Jake, and she’s kept busy with finding new schools for the boys and keeping an eye on her nanna, whose health seems to be going steadily downhill. Never having been close to her mum, their close relationship is precious to her – but now that Rosie is so far away, visiting becomes a struggle.
As Rosie starts to become more discontent with the life and house she’d always thought she wanted, and as she watches Jake transform from a loving husband and doting father into a barely-there, self-obsessed actor, still wrapped around his mum Yolande’s little finger, she begins to wonder if all of this is enough for her. Is their new, glamorous life really what Rosie wants – or is there something lacking? And when things get rough for Jake, will their marriage withstand the fallout..?
Lovestruck by Julia Llewellyn is a feel-good, light-hearted romance novel with a cast of relatable characters that demonstrates how the grass isn’t always greener on the other side…
Many thanks to Penguin for the review copy.