The Best of Adam Sharp.
Booklist Reviews 2017 March #2
A one-word e-mail sets Adam's life ablaze. Nearing 50, between jobs, and sleeping separately from his longtime partner, Claire, Adam is poised for the reignition. He recalls—as much as he can recall what he can't forget—falling in love with Angelina, the e-mail's sender, in Melbourne, back when he'd left England for a short work contract more than 20 years ago. There he passed lonely evenings by playing piano, his passion, at a bar, and music was his and Angelina's first, sparking connection. (A playlist of the book's many evoked songs is cleverly available at the end of the book, as well as online.) As his and Angelina's communications escalate, Adam examines his life, takes up running again, returns to the piano, and emotionally reconnects with the music he loves. A leap-or-don't moment arises, and the outcome of Adam's decision surprises him perhaps most of all. Sensitive, witty Adam is a terrifically chummy narrator for fan-favorite Simsion's (The Rosie Effect, 2014) funny, sexy, and above all musical portrayal of the roles memory and fantasy play in midlife's yearnings. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2017 January #1
LJ Reviews 2017 February #2
Adam Sharp is at home in Norwich, England, reading, when an email pops up. It is from Angelina, the love of his life, from whom Adam hasn't heard in 20 years. Sure he has thought about her and okay, he will admit he's still in love. But they both have moved on. Adam is comfortably married and making a decent living as an IT database architect. He knows Angelina is married with kids. But before long, Adam and Angelina are in an email exchange that feels like an affair, albeit virtually. When Angelina taunts Adam to live recklessly, he jumps at the chance to see if the passion still exists between the two of them. Of course, life is never that simple. Simsion (The Rosie Project; The Rosie Effect) is back with his third novel. While not quite as funny as the Rosie books, this is an entertaining read that asks, what would you do if you had another chance with the "one who got away?"
PW Reviews 2017 March #1
In Simsion's third novel (after