Book Review. The First Time I Saw You Emma Cooper

From the author of The Songs of Us is back with a brand new love story that will ‘break your heart, but put it back together again’ (Katie Fforde). I received my copy courtesy of NetGalley, thank you to them and Headline.

The First Time I saw You. Emma Cooper 

Genre; Contemporary Romance

Pages; 448

Publisher; Headline

Published; July 2019(kindle) Paperback coming September 2019


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 love at first sight.

When they first meet, something tells them they are meant to be.
But fate has other ideas.

Now they have lost each other and can’t see a way back.
But they’ve already changed each other’s lives in more ways
than they ever expected…


I think of the words of the email fluttering above me, flying over my cottage like a flock of starlings flying over hills and mountain, fluttering across the oceans, over forests and lakes, over towns and cities; the words written by a woman who now stands eagerly peeking around the doorway, desperate to take his hands, so he can lead her into the light.


My Review

5 Stars *****

The story of Sophie and Samuel who meet fall in love and then lose each other and their different journeys on the path to find one another once again. Sophie is wooden almost robotic, concentrating only on her career seemingly content with her lonely existence. Then she meets a handsome 6ft 2 Irishman and life wont be the same without him. I love an author who can reach in to your very being from the words written on the page. Every emotion was touched by this beautiful story. I love Emma’s quirky and unique writing style the way she describes things and gives inanimate objects, seasons and weather names. A truly touching and heartbreaking story with wonderfully written characters. Have a box of tissues handy.

About the Author 

Emma Cooper is a former teaching assistant, who lives in Shropshire, with her partner and four children. Her spare time consists of writing novels, drinking wine and watching box-sets with her partner of twenty-four years, who still makes her smile every day.

Emma has always wanted to be a writer – ever since her childhood, she’s been inventing characters (her favourite being her imaginary friend ‘Boot’) and is thrilled that she now gets to use this imagination to bring to life all of her creations.

The Songs of Us was inspired by Emma’s love of music and her ability to almost always embarrass herself, and her children, in the most mundane of situations. She was so fascinated by the idea of combining the two, that she began to write Melody’s story. Working full-time with a large family meant that Emma had to steal snippets of ‘spare’ time from her already chaotic and disorganised life; the majority of her novel was written during her lunchtime in a tiny school office. She never expected to fall so deeply in love with the King family and is overwhelmed that others feel the same.

She has three loves in life: reading, writing and her family…oh, and music, cheese, pizza, films – Maths is not one of her talents.

Emma keeps in touch with her readers and loves to hear from them on twitter @ItsEmmacooper and on her website

Available to Pre-Order Kindle Paperback



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