The First Time I Saw You
From the author of The Songs of Us. Fans of Jojo Moyes and Lucy Dillon will love The First Time I Saw You by Emma Cooper.
Six-foot-two Irish man who answers to the name Samuel McLaughlin.
Has weak shins and enjoys show tunes.
If found, please return to Sophie Williams.
Before Sophie met Samuel she saw the world in grey.
Before Samuel met Sophie, he never believed in
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I fell in love with all of these characters from the beginning, Emma Cooper has such a lovely writing style that you just go so invested in the story.
I was rooting for Sophie and Samuel throughout the whole book, through giggles and ugly crying.
Also please, Samuels parents? Absolutely had me in stitches especially his dad. Great guy!
Definitely 5 stars from me, easily!
I loved the characters of Sophie and Samuel so much, and their journey was a roller-coaster ride of high and lows, and near-misses that had me laughing and crying throughout ...more
This is a love story, but not necessarily the one you’d expect as it’s not just about the love between a couple but rather about all the different love that is in our lives. The main characters Sophie and Samuel have some amazing people around them and I loved the truly heartwarming, lovely scenes ...more
by Emma Cooper
Totally beautiful! (says it all)
I devoured this book as quickly as I could and am now ‘hung over’. I ran through a plethora of emotions along with Sam & Sophie and their delightful families. What characters! I felt I was there with them all watching the twists and turns of the story unfold! I could see the scenes and feel the desperation, the desolation, frustrations, fears and joy! Thank you Emma Cooper - how long until the next book?
Even though there is this wonderful sparkle between them, even though they can't live without each ...more
I have absolutely no idea where to start in a review of Emma Cooper’s The First Time I Saw You. It’s a book that took hold of my heart, shredded it into tiny pieces and left me wrung out emotionally. In other words, I absolutely adored it!
Emma Cooper writes so emotively. Her descriptions are poetic so that they become vivid three dimensional images in the mind’s eye, giving place and setting an authenticity that transports ...more
The story was superbly written, so detailed and perfectly told in every way possible, the characters were an absolute ...more
Sophie is living with the fallout of a tragic childhood and it's affected her ability to connect in relationships. She lives for her high powered job until a business trip to New York and a charming Irishman gets under her armour. Samuel is equally smitten.
Misunderstandings are the theme of this ...more
This novel was divided between two perspectives - Samuel and Sophie - and the journey that they embark on when fate decides they cannot be together. After a whirlwind romance, they are forced apart. Both are desperate to find each other again, but at the ...more
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This is what I said about how that story affected me:
" I read The Songs of Us during my holiday in Rhodes at the end of September. I rarely cry. I never cry in public. I cried as I was reading The Songs of Us, I cried in public, sitting by the pool. There were big fat tears, some snot and a few strange looks from fellow holiday makers. This is a beautifully written, ...more
This is a difficult book to review as I don’t want to spoil what happens in this beautifully written and emotional ...more
The First Time I Saw You by Emma Cooper is an emotional read with moments of real pathos and humour. It’s a love story about Samuel and Sophie who meet in Washington DC. He sees her on a rainy day outside a coffee shop and is instantly drawn to her. She is a workaholic who is in Washington to oversea the acquisition of a business and she has no time for distractions. But then she meets Samuel and is bowled over by his Irish charm. He lives in Washington, she ...more
The First Time I Saw You is about Samuel and Sophie who meet in Washington DC in the middle of a thunderstorm in the most romantic opening scene and spend a wonderful week together. However, Sophie discovers something about Samuel which causes her to leave him abruptly. Even ...more
Let me just start by saying that this book is definitely one book you need to read. Go out and buy it today, it’s utterly fantastic. It had me bawling my eyes out and also had me in fits of giggles.
The basis of this storyline is quite simple:
Two people meet and fall in love.
An event happens to separate said two people.
The following is the classic “will-they-won’t-they” get back together.
With Samuels Irish charm, I instantly fell in love with him. It’s no wonder Sophie did. The same ...more
This book is an emotional roller coaster from the outset, as soon as Sophie and Samuel meet they know they have something special.
Sophie has had a traumatic upbringing and has worked really hard in her life and career to overcome this and is not going to let anything come between her and her promotion.
Samuel arrives in her life after a chance meeting in the ...more
Outstanding… what an utterly emotional gem of a book.
I loved Emma’s previous book ‘The Songs of Us’ so I knew to expect a rollercoaster of an emotional journey. Lets say – I wasn’t disappointed there. Goodness me, my heart was fit to bursting with every emotion going.
The First Time I Saw You is a beautifully special tale of love; a deep, soul entwined type of love, misunderstandings, losing love, losing yourself, fresh starts and new opportunities.
Samuel McLaughlin takes life as it comes, he’s happy and gregarious, full of Irish charm and banter and completely blown away by his ...more
This is a book that will make you cry and smile within just a few pages, that will make you look at your lover’s eyes and remember how everything started and make you want to go back and start again. Because The First Time I Saw You is a book of love yes, but not in a perfect way, real love, with faults, twists and all the problems any couple can find at the beginning of ...more
Emma has always wanted to be a writer – ever since her childhood, she’s been inventing characters (her favourite being her imaginary friend ‘ ...more