"Of all the people we meet in a lifetime, it is strange that so many of us find ourselves in thrall to one particular person. Once that face is seen, an involuntary heartache sets in for which there is no cure. All the wonder of this world finds shape in that one person and thereafter there is no reprieve, because this kind of love does not end, or not until death.
For the lucky ones, this love is reciprocated. But for so many others everywhere, anywhere, there follows an unending ache of longing without relief. Incurable love is a great leveler. Yet I believe that this bittersweet love is better by far than the despair which blights those with a dead heart."
A little background into the author:
Rosie Alison grew up in Yorkshire, and read English and Keble College in Oxford. She spent ten years directing television documentaries before becoming a film producer at Heyday Films. She is married and has two daughters and lives in London.
"The Very Thought Of You" has made it to the Amazon Rising Stars shortlist and was longlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year and the Prince Maurice Prize in 2010, as well as being shortlisted for the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction.
Here is a deeper insight into the story and the characters in "The Very Thought Of You". The author discusses with the Chair of Judges, Daisy Goodwin, at the Orange Prize for Fiction 2010 Shortlist Readings. Enjoy!