- Publisher: Penguin Australia
- Published: 24 January 2023
- Paperback: 357 pages
My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
In the aftermath of crushing grief, sole parent Kate Whittaker must learn to live and love again. It’s been tough raising her young son and wrangling a university fundraising job, an overbearing mother and a best friend intent on matchmaking her with someone new.
When Kate and her boss, Hugh, become stranded in a sleepy hamlet north of Byron Bay, she finally has a chance to process all that she’s been through and all that the future might hold. Caught in an impossible tangle of loss, love and unexpected longing, Kate wonders if she can risk her heart again.
But when it becomes clear that Hugh is hiding a secret from her past, all she has to guide her is the trail of scribbled notes she once used to hold her life together. The first note captured her heart. Will the last note set it free?
This was a hard one to put down. It was emotional and beautifully written.
Emma’s words bring to life the pain she suffered when losing her husband in real life. But she’s fictionalised the story, much as I did with CAMINO WANDERING. Even so, I’ve never read a book that describes grief with such clarity and heartache. It’s both raw and confronting at the same time.
Adding to it, is the hardship the characters face when one of them discover (spoiler alert) they have the early onset alzheimers. Lines like “The boy’s name is Charlie” will makes you catch your breath and wonder, ‘what if this happened to me/us’?
But it’s not all doom and gloom. The main character is realistic, an authentic figure in navigating life, sometimes facing hilarious calamities. This is a novel where you are rooting for Kate with everything you have. I really have a lot to say about this book, but I can’t without giving it away. WHEN you read it, reach out. I’d love to hear what you think.
One reviewer on Goodreads compared this book to P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern. It’s an accurate comparison.
Another Goodreads reviewer said this, and I found myself nodding:
“People are always talking about books you can’t put down. What about the books you MUST put down because you need to find your breath again and wait for the next beat of your heart. This was that book for me. This book was heartbreaking and heart lifting. It was funny. And sad. Anyone who knows grief has been in that supermarket when people turn away.”
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You can also my interview with Emma Grey here!
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