Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell / Blog Tour

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

 

Publisher: Tinder Press 43890641._sy475_

Publishing Date: 31st March 2020

Source:  Received from the publisher, thank you!

Number of pages: 3384

Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Historical Fiction

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Synopsis:

Drawing on Maggie O’Farrell’s long-term fascination with the little-known story behind Shakespeare’s most enigmatic play, HAMNET is a luminous portrait of a marriage, at its heart the loss of a beloved child.

Warwickshire in the 1580s. Agnes is a woman as feared as she is sought after for her unusual gifts. She settles with her husband in Henley street, Stratford, and has three children: a daughter, Susanna, and then twins, Hamnet and Judith. The boy, Hamnet, dies in 1596, aged eleven. Four years or so later, the husband writes a play called Hamlet.

Award-winning author Maggie O’Farrell’s new novel breathes full-blooded life into the story of a loss usually consigned to literary footnotes, and provides an unforgettable vindication of Agnes, a woman intriguingly absent from history.

Rating: four-stars

 

“Hamnet” takes us to Stratford – upon – Avon in 1596, when a young girl Judith is taken to bed with a fever. Her twin brother Hamnet is desperate to find help but their mother is not at home – she’s not far away, in her garden, tending to her medicinal herbs – and their father is working in London. So begins the story – also – behind Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet”.

Reading books like “Hamnet”, where the author writes a story about real characters, always makes me wonder if their lives really looked like this. I think it must be a real challenge for the authors themselves, to re-tell the story that was told so many times and still to make it refreshing and original and not repetitive, and I can tell you that Maggie O’Farrell has done it brilliantly. Moreover, I am so, so glad that it’s not Shakespeare himself, but his wife Agnes that is the star of the story, that she takes the spotlight, as she was such a colourful and interesting character and Ms O’Farrell’s ability to create such a magical tale out of the few facts that we know about Agnes really deserves a standing ovation.

I truly appreciate the background stories, the courtship of Shakespeare and his wife – to – be but it was the present, this what was happening with their children, much more fascinating. The changes in the times were a bit confusing for me, and yes, it took me a few chapters to get used to the writing style, but then I could relax and really enjoy the flowing story. Yes, at times it was rather slow – paced and I simply wanted to go back to Hamnet and what was happening.

It is a book that explores mother’s grief at the loss of her child and there is a whole rainbow of emotions. It is an atmospheric novel capturing the essence of grief in a heart – breaking, beguiling way. The author also touches upon motherhood in the most difficult times, when the mother tries to learn how to survive after her child’s death.

The setting, time and the feeling of place were brought so vividly to the pages and richly described and the language used is evocative, almost lyrical, bringing the times to life. I can’t help but mention one of the sections of the book that will probably stay with me forever, as it is a real masterpiece of writing, where the author describes the way the plague has taken to finally arrive at Judith’s doorstep – amazing! Altogether “Hamnet” was an exceptional read with a difference that I truly enjoyed – highly recommended!

 

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The Break Up by Tilly Tennant

The Break Up by Tilly Tennant

 

Publisher: Bookouture 50627236._sy475_

Publishing Date: 26th  March 2020

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!

Number of pages: 315

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction

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Synopsis:
What happens when Mr Right goes rogue?

Lara doesn’t have a back-up plan. So when her safe-bet boyfriend Lucien dumps her for her best friend, Lara’s world implodes. Life after the break up stretches bleakly ahead, lonely evenings on the sofa with only a bottle of wine and her grey cat Fluffy for company…

Down the road, Theo loves his job as a jazz musician, giving other people great nights out before coming home in the early hours and unwinding with his loyal cat Satchmo.

What they don’t know is that it’s the same cat.

And when they find out, standing in the streets in their pyjamas, both on the hunt for their lost pet, sparks of the wrong sort fly.

Lara can’t deny that Theo is one of the most gorgeous men she’s ever met, but she can see exactly why he’s still single. They do say opposites attract… but is she ready to move on? And when Lucien comes back into the picture, will she be tempted back to her life before the break up, or risk everything on the chance of something new?

A wonderfully warm will-they-won’t-they romantic read that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. If you’re a fan of Jill Mansell and Carole Matthews, The Break Up is the love story you’ve been waiting for.
Previously titled: A Cat Called Cupid

Rating: three-stars

 

“The Break – Up” introduces us to Lara Nightingale, currently dumped by her boyfriend after finding out that he’s been cheating on her with her best friend Siobhan! But no worries, fast forward a year and everything looks a little better for Lara. Her new wedding planning business is already running smoothly and she makes a name for herself, and her stray cat Fluffy is her best friend now. Only, Fluffy likes to wander in the neighbourhood and disappears for few days. One evening, looking for her loss, Lara encounters Theo who claims Fluffy is his and his name is Satchmo. Their first meeting isn’t too nice and then Lara seems to see Theo everywhere she goes – can she keep her emotions in check? And can she eventually convince him that Fluffy’s name is Fluffy and it’s her cat?

Personally I thought that the cat is going to play much more significant role, especially when the title was still “The Cat Called Cupid” (but I must say that this other title, “The Break”, is also not much better than the first one, yes, I know, Lara has broken up with her boyfriend but is it worth the whole title? ), and I was a bit disappointed that there were only few scenes with him, or rather without him as he was running away all the time. And I’ve never thought I’m going to tell this, that I was missing a cat, as I am much more a dog person and yes, I’m going to say this now loud, I don’t like cats.

The story started in a very promising way but then it went a little downhill for me – it started to feel flat and I had a feeling that the whole wedding – planning business takes our attention away from the main plot. At the beginning there were so many great scenes, for example the first meeting between Lara and Theo and I loved how he called her karate – kid later, and it’s a real pity that then the book started to feel somehow so forced and predictable.

Lara and Theo were characters full of warmth, however they just felt too two – dimensional, I’ve missed more depth in them, especially Theo whom, I have a feeling, I got to know only in terms of his good – looks. Some of their encounters were brilliantly hilarious, however the things between them escalated so quickly that I thought I’ve missed something – one minute they hate each other, the next they’re crazy in love and planning their future. I don’t know, I think I enjoyed them more as opponents than a couple, they were simply much funnier then. Of course, they are both such typical rom – com characters, jumping to conclusions, not being able to communicate, quite thick – headed and blowing things out of proportion, making me feel desperate. What’s more, it mostly took the characters’ ages until they were able to make up their minds, because every single thought was dissected – they were truly over thinking things and those inner monologues felt like a kind of filler.

This was a light – hearted story and Tilly Tennant is a lovely story – teller. Her writing is light and easy to follow and she can easily draw the reader into the book. However, she has also successfully incorporated some important issues in her book, like being in a manipulative relationship or pregnancy at a young age. If you are looking for an easy, not demanding read to relax for a few hours, I’m sure you’re going to enjoy this book.

The Middle Years by Liz Fraser

The Middle Years by Liz Fraser

 

Publisher: Unbound 52454323._sy475_

Publishing Date: 26th  March 2020

Source:  Received from the publisher via Pigeonhole, thank you!

Number of pages: 416

Genre: Non – Fiction, Parenting

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Synopsis:
This is not a book about parenting. There are 1.3 billion of those already, and the main thrust is, ‘if possible, try not to be a shit parent.’

Instead, this is a book about us. You and me.

The knackered parents, flailing about in the supposedly ‘easier’ Middle Years, when our babies have sprouted body hair and attitudes, we’re supposed to be ‘getting our life back’ at last . . . but everything feels as if it’s gone a bit tits down.

From puberty to parents’ evenings, anxiety to A-Levels, divorce to depression, sex to social media, hormones to . . . Jesus, is that chin hair?!

This comprehensive, honest, hilarious and at times heart-breaking rummage through the Rotting Salad Drawer of Midlife™ that we all go through but nobody tells us about until we’re already drowning in it, holds your weary hand and offers a giant, life-saving snog of, ‘IT’S OK. IT’S NOT JUST YOU’.

Rating: three-stars

 

 

So, as much as I enjoy the yummy – mummies books full of babies, it’s time for me to move to the middle years, as my daughter has just turned 8, and so this Liz Fraser’s book couldn’t turn in the better moment. I am warned now, though I’ve been already suspecting what’s to come, what with the children growing up mentally much faster than we did – or, at least, it feels like this. I sometimes feel really, really like an idiot compared to my world – wise daughter. Urgh.

I enjoyed this book very much. Actually, I loved the first part about children – it was hilariously funny and light and enlightening. The second part, and as I can already see I’m not alone feeling like this, was not so brilliant. It suddenly felt much too bitter, and like a one long rant about marriage breakdown and divorce. Maybe it didn’t capture me so much as it doesn’t relate to me, however I had a feeling that the writing changed a bit there, turning from hilariously funny into bitterly mean – spirited rant.

I found the author’s observations absolutely spot – on, sharp and with a great dose of distance. The so – called “middle years” prepare us for another chapter in our lives, when children don’t need parents so much, but they do need many more other things. Money. Tablets. Horses. And no, not this trousers. It is perhaps more personal journey of the author but still I found it relatable and true to life. The writing is brutally honest and insightful and pulls you into easily. And it’s real, and I know that I’m not in this alone.

How Not To Be A Loser by Beth Moran

How Not To Be A Loser by Beth Moran

 

Publisher: Boldwood Books 52652899._sy475_

Publishing Date: 24th March 2020

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!

Number of pages: 346

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction

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Synopsis:

Amy Piper is a loser. She’s lost her confidence, her mojo and her way.

But one thing she has never lost is her total love for her thirteen-year-old son Joey, and for his sake she knows it’s time for a change. But first she has to be brave enough to leave the house…

What she needs are friends and an adventure. And when she joins a running group of women who call themselves The Larks, she finds both. Not to mention their inspiring (and rather handsome) coach, Nathan.

Once upon a time Amy was a winner – at life, at sport and in love. Now, with every ounce of strength she has left, she is determined to reclaim the life she had, for herself and for Joey. And who knows, she might just be a winner again – at life, sport, and love, if she looks in the right places…

Uplifting, funny and unforgettable, Beth Moran returns with a joyous tale of friendship, love and facing your fears. 

Rating: five-stars

 

Amy Piper has it all.
Or rather, Amy Piper had it all. Her number one priority used to be to win swimming race after another.
Fourteen years later, Amy is agoraphobic, battling anxiety disorders, not having been able to leave her house since several years. But she wants to be a better mother to her 13 – year – old son Joey, to be able to go out and see him winning swimming race after another, to take him to swimming practice, to be involved in outside world. She wants him to be proud of her, and so she decides to put a plan into action – this is how “How Not to be a Loser” plan commences. But is such a written deal all what it takes to overcome fear?

So, I’m not sure why but it was really hard for me to get into the book. I kept glancing at the cover to see if it is really Beth Moran’s novel because, well, I’ve never had such problems before with her story, and I really started to get worried. I couldn’t connect with the main character, I couldn’t get into the story and I started to feel desperate because I couldn’t understand why. It took me long, longer than I was expecting, to completely warm to the story and to get into Amy’s head. To be honest, it was over the 50% mark that the story started to flow for me, that it gained the pace and it’s only then that I started to feel the tale, and then – well, then I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to know where the story is going to take me, wanted to know more, and well, I was simply rooting for Amy.

The way the author has got into Amy’s head and described her emotional journey is absolutely incredible. Amy has lost so much in her life, it was really heart – breaking to see, and now all these anxiety issues are controlling her life as well. She feels angry with herself that she isn’t able to share the most important moments with Joey, that this anger is not enough for her to do something. It is going to take a lot of time and help of many people, and many rules broken for her to be able to finally move on, and it was so, so uplifting to see, you will really want to give Amy a standing ovation. I loved to discover what Amy has hidden inside herself, seeing her growing into confidence, laughing at her jokes, applauding at every step she took towards overcoming her fears, enjoying her one – liners. You can’t not to fall for Amy, it’s simple like that, and you’ll want all the best for her. I loved how un – selfish she was, how – even if it was so hard to her – she always tried to find the best solution, how fair she tried to stay no matter what.
Her relationship with Joey was perfect, and this how, for his sake, she decided to overcome her fears was inspiring and huge.

The characters were absolutely fantastic, so real and true to life, with their troubles and problems and all the ups and downs that life brings.The great support network that Amy has built for herself was one of the highlights of the book. The characters brought so much to the story, not only fun and humour, but also depth, as all of them had their own important story to tell – stories that were thought – provoking and heart – breaking. Their shenanigans were something that made me laugh out loud, and their problems made me cry together with them. There was so much understanding and empathy in all those women, and it was so uplifting to see they were there for each other, no matter what.

Beth Moran has such wonderful way with words and can brilliantly write about feelings, without making the book too patronising or repetitive. She brings compassion, empathy, friendship to the pages, and she has so much understanding for her characters. “How Not to be a Loser” is an inspirational story that will make you want to put on your trainers and go for a run. It is about second chances, friendship, love and hope, hilarious and thought – provoking, and even with some of my initial issues with the book I ended loving it with all my heart. Highly recommended!

 

When Life Gives You Lemons by Fiona Gibson / Blog Tour

When Life Gives You Lemons by Fiona Gibson

 

Publisher: Avon 48639329._sy475_

Publishing Date: 5th March 2020

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!

Number of pages: 400

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction

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Synopsis:

Sometimes life can be bittersweet . . .

Between tending to the whims of her seven-year-old and the demands of her boss, Viv barely gets a moment to herself. It’s not quite the life she wanted, but she hasn’t run screaming for the hills yet.

But then Viv’s husband Andy makes his mid-life crisis her problem. He’s having an affair with his (infuriatingly age-appropriate) colleague, a woman who – unlike Viv – doesn’t put on weight when she so much as glances at a cream cake.

Viv suddenly finds herself single, with zero desire to mingle. Should she be mourning the end of life as she knows it, or could this be the perfect chance to put herself first?

When life gives you lemons, lemonade just won’t cut it. Bring on the gin!

 

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“When Life Gives You Lemons” introduces us to Viv, 52 years old, with two children, husband and stabile life. However, this life is about to change radically, when she discovers that her husbands has an affair. What follows is a story of a mature woman, coping (or not) with divorce and juggling life as a single – mother.

The book is advertised to be a hilarious romantic comedy. Publishers, please stop doing this – promising things and than not keeping your promises. It was neither hilarious nor romantic nor comedy. I don’t mean to criticise the book, because it was a nice, contemporary novel, so close to life – but perhaps it should be advertised this way.

Fiona Gibson’s characters are always real and human, and it was the same in this book. It’s a very character – driven story and Viv is the main heroine – could be your best friend, she felt so vivid and relatable, jumping off the pages. We mostly get her point of view, through her monologues and actions and thoughts on everything that is happening around her. It was actually truly uplifting and inspiring to see her growing into confidence, establishing her identity, starting to enjoy life again. She’s a character that many readers will be able to relate to and with. What I truly appreciated is the fact that nothing in her journey felt forced or overdone – no, everything seemed just like in real life, her making wrong decisions, having problems, misinterpreting situations, jumping to conclusions.
The supporting characters are a bunch of colourful, vivid people and they take care of our good mood, adding humour but also making the story this little bit more thought – provoking. They provide a range of diversion, giving Viv extra jobs and making her life fuller and complicated, hence keeping her sane (or not!).

My biggest problem was that I wasn’t sure what the book is trying to tell us. Yes, it touches upon some more difficult issues and shows character’s wonderful journey to self – confidence and discovering what it is that makes her happy, but somehow it didn’t convince me and I wasn’t sure where it’s leading at all. The pace was rather slow and there were not life – changing twists or turns, however it had its moments that made me giggle, for example Viv’s omelette – action. The author’s writing style is so easy to follow and it’s a real joy to pick the book up after a long day to relax for a while. Also, you know what’s coming, but in a good way, and this feeling of security is very comforting.

It was a rather slow – burner, this story, however it kept getting better. The author has written a contemporary fiction, balancing seriousness and problems with humour and light – heartedness. Well, you have to find fun in life, otherwise you’re going to get crazy. It is not a fluffy, meh kind of read, and the author deals with falling apart of the family in a sensitive and understanding way. Still, it is an easy and light read with a great message: when life gives you lemons, just add gin and tonic. Take the best out of life. Enjoy it. It is well written and it flow in such a natural, easy way, progressing towards the inevitable happy end. Recommended!

 

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Starting Over at Acorn Cottage by Kate Forster / Blog Tour

Starting Over at Acorn Cottage by Kate Forster

 

Publisher: Aria 50818113._sy475_

Publishing Date: 19th March 2020

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!

Number of pages:

Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction

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Synopsis:

Buying a thatched cottage in the country may not be the usual cure for a broken heart.

But after Clara Maxwell finds out her boyfriend and best friend have been sneaking around behind her back, packing her bags and leaving everything in London behind feels like the only option…

Clara knew Acorn Cottage would be a fixer-upper… Yet in person, the cottage is less charmingly ramshackle and more a real health and safety concern. When Henry Garnett, her (rather handsome) new contractor, turns up with his little daughter Pansy and a van shaped like a cottage in tow, she isn’t sure whether to laugh or cry. What on earth has she gotten herself into?!

Still, there is something strangely lovable about the people in the little village of Merryknowe, from Rachel Brown, the quiet, lonely girl who bakes magical confections for the tearooms, to Tassie McIver, a little old lady with a lot of wisdom and a penchant for reading tea leaves. And Clara can’t deny that Henry and Pansy are quickly worming their way into her heart…

With all the heartbreak of the year behind her, could Acorn Cottage be the fresh start Clara so desperately wants?

Rating: four-stars

 

When Clara finds that her boyfriend and her best friend have been going behind her back, she knows it’s time to say goodbye – to both of them and to her life as it is. She has always dreamed of living in a thatched cottage, so, after a glass or two of wine too much, she goes online and bang! Buys a thatched cottage, in Marryknowe. Acorn Cottage looks so beautiful on the photos.
However, as it turns out, right after Clara’s arrival to her new place, the cottage is almost uninhabitable. Forget the roses in the garden when there is not much more else than a roof over her head, and there are still some holes in it.
Fortunately, Henry and his daughter Pansy arrive in their little van, Henry looking for a job, and Clara’s cottage is perfect for him to start working asap.
But is Acorn Cottage really the place that will help Clara to heal?

The book is written in a way that immediately sucks you in and you are truly invested in Clara’s life. She’s this kind of character that you want to succeed, keeping everything crossed for her. There were moments that I was wondering if Clara is showing us her true colours, as, you know, she was everywhere and wanted to help everyone, no matter what. She was not noisy, oh no, she just wanted to help, and I was thinking, is this a diversion? Does she want to hide something from us? The more we got to know her, the more I felt secure in my belief and it turned out that Clara was a much more complex character that we could think at first. Getting to know her story was heart – breaking and sometimes hard to read, but seeing her opening has made my heart sing – she so deserved her happy end.
As well as Rachel – her subplot was truly surprising and sometimes shocking, also not so easy to read, and it’s awoken all kind of emotions in me. To be honest, I at first couldn’t understand why she hasn’t done anything, but the more I read the more I started to understand things, Rachel and the whole situation. How can you help yourself when your whole life you were told what to do and whatever you did was criticised, right? I loved seeing how creative she was, I loved her little rebellions and loved seeing her growing in confidence.
Tassie was a very interesting character and I liked her very much. There was this magical element to her, and not only because she could read tea leaves, but she could also see things in the future and she was very wary about nature, being able to read all the signs it was trying to tell us. However, as much as I liked her, it was a hard cookie to chew, to believe – yes, it was a bit overdone. I get what the author wanted to achieve here, and generally she has managed it, Tassie bringing out all the positive things and changes, but I could really live without this element of magic.

I must admit that the book took me a little by surprise, especially the fact that, except being a charming romance, it also touches upon very heavy issues, bringing tons of depth to the plot and the characters’ development.

Altogether it was a lovely story, but there were too many moments that it simply felt too forced and too clichéd. There were also moments that the story felt so chopped and so abrupt, and I had to check if I’ve missed a page or two. And there were a few things that seemed out of place and the book could do without. Also, I’d love the story to be more ambitious, as the things were either black or white, I’ve missed the shadows between.

“Starting Over at Acorn Cottage” is a story about community, about friendship, courage, strength and keeping together, about forgiveness and kindness. It shows how strong women can be, and that it’s so important to keep your eyes open and see when people need help. The author has a way with words and she knows how to balance lightness and humour with all those heavy issues she has decided to write about – and hats off to her for doing this, as she’s touched upon issues that are not easy to be talked about. This book made me smile and it made me think, personally I enjoyed the story very much.

 

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One Moment by Linda Green / Blog Tour

One Moment by Linda Green

 

Publisher: Quercus 43241094._sy475_

Publishing Date: 5th March 2020

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!

Number of pages: 400

Genre: General Fiction (Adult)

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Synopsis:

Finn and Kaz are about to meet for the first time.

Ten-year-old Finn, a quirky, sensitive boy who talks a lot and only eats at cafes with a 5-star hygiene rating, is having a tough time at school and home.

Outspoken Kaz, 59, who has an acerbic sense of humour and a heart of gold, is working at the café when Finn and his mum come in.

They don’t know it yet, but the second time they meet will be a moment which changes both of their lives forever . . .

Rating: five-stars

 

Ten – year – old Finn Rook – Carter struggles at school, suffering at the hands of his classmates who make fun of his looks and the way he behaves. He only has one real friend, Lottie. 59 – year – old Kaz Allen is quirky, bouncy and fun – loving, even though life has never treated her in a nice way. She works in a cafe and cares for her brother Terry who has schizophrenia.
Finn and Kaz should have never met. But fate has other ideas. And this meeting, and a tragedy, is going to change their lives.

I must admit, I was a bit confused with the story as I was expecting another psychological thriller and I only realised a bit later that the book is different to the previous ones. I didn’t read a synopsis – I mean, it is Linda Green’s book, so no matter what she writes about is going to be captivating and thought – provoking, and yes, the story took me a bit by surprise, but quickly it also stole my heart and captured my whole attention, and I can tell you that I absolutely loved it. Every single word of it.

The characters are so well written – I have experienced all the feelings and emotions together with them. You want to hug Finn and shake his father. You want to tell Kaz that she’s absolutely rocking it. And the more you get to know them all, the more you empathise and like them. I enjoyed seeing how the lives of virtual strangers come together, I think Linda Green has done in a brilliant and clever way.
The story is told from Finn and Kaz’s points of view, in alternating chapters. Finn is different from other boys, and he realises it, and is suffering at school as other children are bullying him. It is only his friend Lottie and his mum Hannah, that he loves so much, that understand him and always support and comfort him. His dad Martin prefers rather cold approach, expecting from Finn all the things that he’s supposed to do and like – sit his SATs exams, like football. Kaz, who works in a cafe and looks after her brother who has schizophrenia, is such a special character! All of us needs such a Kaz in their lives – down – to – earth, seeing things how they really are and not afraid of telling how it is, but also compassionate and full of heart. The author has got into the characters’ heads and hearts and hats off for picturing the 10 – year – old Finn so brilliantly, for so wonderfully capturing his voice, letting us deep into his thoughts, allowing us to experience everything with him.

Also, the story alternates between “before” and “after”, and oh my god, I couldn’t wait to see what has actually happened before, but believe me, I regretted this. This turning point has changed everything and left me a sobbing mess. It may be a bit confusing at the beginning, especially as you, like me, think something totally different to this what has really happened but you’ll quickly get used to the changes in time.

I was drawn into this story, right from the start to the end. This compelling novel is incredibly genuine and brutally honest, showing clearly the unfairness and unreasonableness of benefits system, mental health care, “right” people at the “right” places which results in ignoring the real victims. I’ve honestly got belly ache from only thinking that those things are real and that people like Kaz and Finn must fight a battle every single day to survive.

The author writes with such a feeling about family dynamics, showing all the ups and downs of being in a relationship and having a child with special needs, but also about brother – sister relationship, about responsibility and how people try to do their best. It took me on a real rollercoaster journey of all kinds of feelings – I laughed, I cried, I nodded with agreement, I was incredibly angry, I felt hopeless. It doesn’t happen often, the more I appreciate what the author has done here.

“One Moment” covers such issues as bullying, mental health, poverty and unconditional love. Even though it is sad, it doesn’t feel depressing, it is also heart – warming with an overwhelming feeling of hope, and the kindness of some of the characters is so uplifting. Linda Green’s writing is tender and chatty, and she balances the sadness with many humorous moments, delivering a thought – provoking story. But be aware that it is a heart – breaking story, and this time I mean it, really. The end left me in pieces, literally. I cried and cried and couldn’t stop, and those were ugly tears, and I had to do whatever I could to not to wake my whole family up. It was so beautiful and so heart – wrenching. A book that shouldn’t be missed. Highly recommended!

 

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