When My Heart Skips a Beat
Original title: Depuis, mon cœur a un battement de retard
“Valérie Cohen depicts perfectly the trouble of a woman in the middle of her life.” ― Psychologies Magazine
« A beautiful story which remind us to leave the past behind and live here and now. » — Le Soir
« It is entertaining, the characters are lovely and a little bit crazy but do not expect to find out how all this ends as it is unexpected. This is really good. » — RTBF
« A Madame Bovary online. » — Nostalgie
« Emma is the opposite of Bridget Jones. » — La Voix du Nord
What kind of impact has a true and first love on your entire life ?
Is the underground world of an extra-marital dating site the way back to a first, lost love?
She’s gorgeous, blond, and 40 years old. With a glowing career running a fashion label and happily married for 20 years to Yvan, Emma’s life from the outside looks like a fairy tale. But sometimes, having everything isn’t enough.
On one particular day every year, Emma allows herself to dive into the past, to remember Jean-Philippe, her first love who left her with no explanation. Every 12th of March, she heads to the Lismonde bookshop, buys a postcard, and gives it to Jean-Philippe’s eccentric mother Agnès, for her to send to him. Her annual, secret ritual.
While at a party one evening – ironically a divorce party, Emma learns that Jean-Philippe is married, but also active on the extra-marital dating site Pom. Strongly encouraged by a friend, she creates a Pom profile with the crazy desire to see him again. Emma aka ‘Nostalgite’ is convinced that a certain ‘Cartophil’ is none other than Jean-Philippe. But is he? Further revelations, twists and turns force Emma to face the past in order to better live in the present.
A heart-warming, tender and witty novel about breaking free from the past.