Fiction

Dear Rosie Hughes

About the Book

The best friendships are worth fighting for…

It’s been fifteen years since Aggie’s friendship with Rosie Hughes ended abruptly. But now she’s heard from the village rumour mill that Rosie is off to war, she knows her best friend needs her more than ever – despite what’s happened between them in the past.

As Rosie faces a desert full of danger and Aggie falls further from the path to love she’ so wants, the two friends write each other letters.

The comfort in their shared words is an anchor to the life they knew before…and the only constant in a world as increasingly unpredictable as the wind.

What I thought

This review is so hard to do basically because the very best bit I can’t mention because it would give too much away – sigh. Apart from that I’ve really enjoyed the whole story.

Aggie and Rosie have been best friends since school. Then something happened which the reader doesn’t find out about until later into the book, which led them to lose contact for 15 years. When Aggie hears that Rosie has gone off to Afghanistan just prior to the Iraq war starting back in 2003 she decides to let bygones be bygones and starts writing to Rosie. Rosie is working as a meteorologist there on behalf of the army to give them daily weather forecasts and is out in the desert on an army base.

The whole story is told via messages, emails and letters, not just between Rosie and Aggie but other characters in the book too. I’ve read quite a few books written either via emails, or in diary format so didn’t have any problems with the story being told in this way. If anything they suit me more so because they’re chatty, less description and more dialogue. Having said that, it must be very difficult to get a story across in this way by the author I would have thought, so very well written. It is certainly never devoid of emotion for being written in this way.

I really liked the relationship between Aggie and Rosie, most of the way through they were funny, I liked Aggie’s sense of humour. Though I think her outward jolly demeanour hid a lot of sadness Aggie felt, especially about the relationship she had with her own Mother.

It’s a story of the value of friendship, of making the most of every day and as Rosie’s Dad had said to her at one time keep smiling. There were other characters in the book too, Gethyn a colleague who was working as a Docotor along side Rosie, they shared a great comradeship and helped each other to stay positive whilst out in the Desert. Rosie’s mum and dad who were lovely. Then there were Aggie’s friends who she met when she moved to a tiny Island in Scotland to run a cafe for a friend.

This was a lovely warm hearted but fun read. It was never over sentimental, just full of kindness with people trying their very best to be happy, in often difficult circumstances. It teaches us that life really is what you make it and always make the best of what you have.

♥ Happy Reading ♥

♥ and keep smiling 😉 ♥


The Kindle edition is due to be published on 1 February 2019 with the paperback out on 7th February 2019. They are available to pre-order on Amazon now

Thank you to Harper Impulse via Netgalley for an ARC in return for an honest review.

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