This is the second one in the row of the author of best seller novel PS I LOVE YOU. It was published in 2004. The novel also known as Love, Rosie, Rosie Dunne is unique for its epistolary nature. The entire novel is written in the form of letters, e-mails and text messages. Although the nature of the characters and their disposition could not be clearly understood, their reactions to the situations are beautifully expressed through the conversations.
The book centres the relationship between Rosie and Alex and how it develops from friendship to love. It’s quite long elaborate and expounds the change over in their bonding from their five years till they reached fifty. They began as friends when they were five and had strong bonding. When Alex had to move due to his father’s work they are broken and torn apart. But they continued sharing their thoughts and emotions through letters.
The characters are realistic and portray the actual transition from juvenile to adulthood. It also brings about the inner revelations that are tumultuous between the two young minds that entangle their relationship.
“I wake up in the morning and I feel like I’m missing something. I know
that there’s something not right, and it takes me a while to remember what it
is . . . then I remember. My best friend is gone. My only friend. It was silly of
me to rely so much on one person.”
The first shock hits the readers when Rosie falls for Greg and gives birth to his child at the very young age. At the same time, Alex moves to Boston and takes up the career as surgeon. He falls in love with Sally and gets married to her.
“You deserve someone who loves you with every single beat of his heart, someone who thinks about you constantly, someone who spends every minute of every day just wondering what you’re doing, where you are, who you’re with and if you’re OK. You need someone who can help you reach your dreams and who can protect you from your fears. You need someone who will treat you with respect, love every part of you, especially your flaws. You should be with someone who can make you happy, really happy, dancing-on-air happy.”
But his feeling for Rosie never subdues. He yearned to be in same relationship with her though he found a love for life. In all her times, Rosie’s elder sister Stephanie supported her as a friend and well-wisher. She guided her through the life and helped her when she was facing hard times. Again, Rosie faces lots of devastating problems that torments her physically and mentally. Alex settles up in his professional life but fails to realize his love for Rosie till the last part. Only towards the end they recognized that they were in love. They were fifty and had kids but the staunch love was unbroken. With their story, there is a similar relationship going on between Katie and Toby. Unlike the former pair, they go onto lead the life together.
The novel is an enticing one, combining warmth and sensitivity. The author has a great insight into the human feelings and she is very careful in employing letters as the medium of communication. It is a touching piece of work, more lively and graceful. It ends with an enchanting couple coming together to lead a life of love.