I was shocked when a major character from TKAMB was killed off without real explanation within the first few chapters (although the explanation did come later in the story). That said, the book doesn’t really get going until half way through; its main themes are hidden until then. I found myself ploughing through reams of filler/scene-setting hoping that something would happen.
What I highlighted:
That what you allow is what you teach.
It was amazing that one season of someone could paint over a lifetime.
There’s something more final than forever. It’s never. Never is infinite.
Mad About You by Mhairi McFarlane | paperback | the latest offering from my favourite contemporary author. I read this in two sittings – enough going on to keep me reading, but it’s not destined to be a favourite. Caution: there are abusive relationships.
The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes | Kindle | The story deals with the difficult subject of the true provenance of art. Who really owns what? And when push comes to shove, how do you decide and who can help you? This story is elegantly told, beautifully captured and made me want to keep reading. The conclusion is surprising, but quite delightful. Enjoy.
The No-Show by Beth O’Leary | Kindle | This is a tricky one to discuss without sharing massive spoilers. The premise is this: three women are stood up by the same guy on Valentine’s Day—one for breakfast, one for lunch, and one for dinner. As the story unfolds, the reader gets to know each woman, plus the no-show, and slowly begins to figure out what might have happened on that terrible day. This felt like a romantic comedy in the beginning, but gradually gave way to a deeper and surprisingly touching story of love, forgiveness, and second chances.
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