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Review: The first last Kiss by Ali Harris

How do you hold on to a love that is slowly slipping away from you?
Can you let go of the past when you know what is in the future?
And how do you cope when you know that every kiss is a countdown to goodbye?

This is the story of a love affair, of Ryan and Molly and how they fell in love and were torn apart. The first time Molly kissed Ryan, she knew they'd be together forever. Six years and thousands of kisses later she's married to the man she loves. But today, when Ryan kisses her, Molly realises how many of them she wasted because the future holds something which neither of them could have ever predicted…

My thoughts
An interesting book which was a really heartfelt read.

The story is told by Molly as she packs up her house to move away telling the story of the love affair between her and Ryan the boy she loved since she was a teenager but is no longer with her. It is told in flashbacks which flit back and forth and slowly build up the whole story over the course of the book for the reader. I must say it was quite confusing to start with trying to slot all the bits of the story together and construct your own timeline of events but as the story went on it made more and more sense and suddenly you find this beautiful, albeit not perfect, love story unfold before your eyes.

I must say I loved loved loved Ryan's family in this book particularly his mother more than anything else in this book. In my head they are exactly the same as Gavin's from the TV show Gavin and Stacey and when I picture them that is exactly who I see in my head. Very much the stereotypical Essex family with all the spray tans and bling but with hearts of gold underneath it all.

The last part of the book is really sad so make sure you have your box of tissues at the ready because, unless you have a heart of stone, you'll probably end up a sobbing mess by the end of it. I won't go into too much details about the whys and wherefores of what make it so sad but do make sure you a prepared for it.

The ending was sweet, sad and lovely all rolled up into one and left me with the message of seizing the day and making every minute count. A fab read and a high recommended book.