Saskia Sarginson is a gifted and versatile writer. She can turn her hand to just about any genre - be it thriller, historical or literary. This is the fourth novel of hers that I have read and for me, it's right up there with her best work. The Bench feels like a book that the world really needs right now. Packed full of surprises and kindness, I certainly fell head over heels in love with it.
A beautiful portrait of love. Real. Complicated. Irresistible
A beautiful, very special, love story about what can happen when life gets in the way. About how love can endure the impossible. About how some people are meant to be. Saskia Sarginson is such a talented writer. Her characters are so human with their shortcomings and virtues, they could be us - they are us. And thus, their moments of grace are ours. I loved this book.
An unforgettable story about once-in-a-lifetime love. A heartfelt and emotional depiction of two people thrown together by destiny then torn apart by circumstance. Powerful, timeless and moving - I loved it
A quirky and intensely romantic tearjerker
A beautiful romance with likeable characters you invest in wholeheartedly . . . an intriguing, thought-provoking, uplifting tale of love, loss, deceit, and destiny
Captivating . . . this beautiful love story is touching, relatable and gloriously romantic. It found it impossible to put down
With echoes of David Nicholls's One Day, this romance has just the right mix of heart-melting moments and heart-rending near misses
A wonderful, heart-tugging romance
A poignant and heart-wrenching love story, tender and suspenseful and exquisitely written. The characters are painted with such compassion and sympathy: we enter into their longing, into their passionate and aching worlds, willing the story to end well for them, not wanting it to end, but to go on forever. This is one of the best love stories written, engrossing and utterly immersive. Saskia Sarginson never disappoints.
Read it if you liked One Day . . . Have tissues to hand
A wonderful, life-spanning novel with real heart and depth. I didn't want it to end
Fans of David Nicholls's One Day will love this heart-tugging read
A sweeping love story rich with honest, tender moments
A raw, emotional book about love in all its guises