I hope you are all doing well this lovely day. I’m posting later than what I wanted to, but today is a National Holiday here in Portugal and I was with my family until moments ago. But, I’m quite excited to share my review of this books with all of you.
“The Book of Us“, written by Andrea Michael, is a Fiction book, published March 6th 2020 by One More Chapter.
I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Andrea Michael and One More Chapter for the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
The Book of Us is a story of the complexity of forgiveness and the friendships that change our lives forever. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Jojo Moyes and Diane Chamberlain.
We’ve got some important things to talk about. It’s time.
Cass and Loll used to be inseparable. They met at university and they made sense, like two halves of a whole. They had planned their lives around each other, writing down their dreams in The Big Book of Our Life – the things they wanted to achieve, the places they’d go after they finished university. But then one night changed everything.
Seven years later, Loll receives a letter from her old friend. The coming year will be the year they both turn 30, but Loll might be making it to 30 alone. Cass has cancer. Loll had believed she would have her whole life to come to terms with Cass’ betrayal, but time is running out.
Cass’ final wish is to complete The Big Book of Our Life, but has enough time passed to heal old wounds?
Purchase Link: Amazon US
About The Author
Andrea Michael writes books to explore complicated relationships. Having trained in using writing for therapy, she really believes in the magic of stories to change your life. Failing that, sparkling wine and obnoxious sing-a-longs also do the trick.
Andrea works in content marketing, and runs Writing for Wellbeing workshops. She lives in Hertfordshire with her fiancé and their crazy cat, and can be found reading in a comfy corner or digging something at the allotment.
You may also know her from her romantic comedies written as A L Michael.
Andrea is represented by Hayley Steed at Madeleine Milburn. The Book of Us is her thirteenth book. She’s hoping it’s lucky.
This review is coming out on the Portugal’s Day, our National day. And Like many other Holidays that have a strong emotional connection to it, not only because their are ours, but because they remind us of home, of our pass and the path we took to get to where we are… and even to reflect all the things we have to change and do to make our country and the world really, a better place.
All of those feelings, that moment of reflection, I also had while reading this story, so even though this is not a book written by a Portuguese author, And you may be wondering so why am I talking about a Portuguese Holiday?… I do have a point in this.
Andrea Michael took me on a journey of reflection, emotions, friendship, dreams and adventure. Just like I feel every year on the 10th June, when I think about my country, my family and what make us Portuguese, and what make us human.
It may seem a weird start of a review, but books – no matter the author’s nationality – have the power to take us on journeys, unexpected ones too. I knew from the very beginning that this was that kind of story. That I would go on an emotional rollercoaster, and that this story would deeply touch my heart. I was expecting that. And it did happen.
It was a book that I absolutely enjoyed reading. I loved the story and it was a wonderful and heartbreaking tale and adventure. The descriptions, the characters, the plot and the emotions in every moment and every set and page…
That been said, and if it wasn’t already clear, what I loved more in this book was the emotional aspect of the plot, the characters and the connection I felt with them, the connection to their path. Every single small thing that happened.
Overall, just like a Holiday that make us reflect, and go deep into our hearts, think about our path and the path of our people… This book had a moment like that for me. Maybe it was because of the characters, what they were going through, what they wanted to do. Maybe it was because of the circumstances, or the ending. or even the topics that are touched in the book. Maybe it was the storytelling, the way the author told us the story and lead us through the events that were happening. I can’t really point to one element, I just felt the story was thought provoking, as well as heart warming and emotional.
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