This is the second one in a row from the author of the bestseller novel PS I LOVE YOU. It was published in 2004. The name of the novel is Love, Rosie.
Rosie Dunne is unique for her epistolary nature. The entire novel is written in the form of letters, e-mails, and text messages. Although the characters’ nature and disposition could not be clearly understood, their reactions to the situations are beautifully expressed through the conversations.
The book centers on the relationship between Rosie and Alex and how it develops from friendship to love. Their friendship is beautifully depicted, and the book expounds on the complete change-over in their relationship as they grow up. The story begins when Alex and Rosie are five and meet each other for the first time and immediately form a strong friendship. Alex then has to move away due to his father’s work, and unfortunately, the friends are separated and torn apart. However, they continue to share their thoughts and emotions through letters.
The characters are realistic and portray the actual transition from juvenile years to adulthood. It also brings about the tumultuous inner revelations between the two young minds that entangle their relationship.
“I wake up in the morning, and I feel like I’m missing something. I know
that there’s something not right, and it takes me a while to remember what it
is . . . then I remember. My best friend is gone. My only friend. It was silly of
me to rely so much on one person.”
The first shock hits the readers when Rosie falls for Greg and gives birth to his child at a very young age. At the same time, Alex moves to Boston and takes up a career as a surgeon. He falls in love with Sally and gets married to her.
“You deserve someone who loves you with every single beat of his heart, someone who thinks about you constantly, someone who spends every minute of every day just wondering what you’re doing, where you are, who you’re with, and if you’re OK. You need someone who can help you reach your dreams and who can protect you from your fears. You need someone who will treat you with respect, love every part of you, especially your flaws. You should be with someone who can make you happy, really happy, dancing-on-air happy.”
But his feeling for Rosie never subdues. He yearns to be with Rosie even though he’s found the love of his life. Amidst all this, Rosie’s elder sister Stephanie supports her as a friend and her well-wisher. She guides her through life and helps her when she comes across hard times. Again, Rosie faces lots of devastating problems that torment her physically and mentally.
Alex settles up in his professional life but fails to realize his love for Rosie till the end. Only towards the end, they realize that they were in love. Yes, all this while they were holding onto a friendship that was deeper than they had realized. They were fifty and had kids, but the staunch love was unbroken.
The novel is an enticing one, a combination of warmth and sensitivity. The author has a great insight into human feelings, and she is very careful in employing letters as the medium of communication. It is a touching piece of work, very lively and graceful. It ends with an enchanting couple coming together to lead a life of love.