The First Time I Saw You by Emma Cooper #BookReview #Headline #NetGalley #4.5*


02. Hrt 175 centred




01. Hrt 125 centred


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…


01. Hrt 125 centred




01. Hrt 125 centred


An Emotional, Heart-Touching Read!    stars 4.5


If this story doesn’t touch your soul, then I think you need to check if you’ve lost yours!

Sophie is a very successful career woman; driven, in fact, with her career being the main focus of her life as she travels around the world. Then she meets Samuel – and he brings her to life, in more ways than one . . .

A gorgeous, warm story which begins so easily and draws the reader in until you are fully invested without even realising it, this is a skilfully written novel and one I’m so very happy to have read. A new author for me, but I will certainly be hoping to add Emma Cooper’s bestselling novel, The Songs of Us, to my list this year.

The characters in this one are beautifully rounded, the story is entirely believable and it unfolds slowly and tantalisingly which kept me focused until the very final page. Obviously written by an author who can get into the head of her characters, I just loved this one and definitely recommend it to all those who love an emotional, heart-touching read. A fabulous book, definitely worth every one of the 4.5 stars I’m happy to give it.

My thanks to publisher Headline for my copy via NetGalley; this is my honest and original review.


Tags: romantic comedy
  • Format: ebook, paperback, audiobook
  • Size: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline
  • Publication Date: 9 January 2020 (paperback)
  • Links: Goodreads
  •              Google Play
  •              Kobo
  •              W. H. Smith
  •              Waterstones
  •              amazon


01. Hrt 125 centred




01. Hrt 125 centred


Author Bio


51H9re38R8L._US230_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.

Her debut, The Songs of Us was snapped up in multiple pre-empts and auctions and is now being translated into seven different languages.

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.


Social Media


Twitter: @ItsEmmacooper


01. Hrt 125 centred

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s