Sometimes you need a change of pace. I usually feel dark and thrillerish, but I was in need of a totally different read, something more character-driven and emotional. A dear Goodreads friend of mine recommended this novella by British author Kath Middleton. One look at the blurb and I knew it was the perfect read for me.
Think of a 28-year-old woman, recently married. What would be her worst nightmare at this stage in her life? Yep. It happened. And in fact, her worst nightmare was quickly followed by her second worst nightmare. This novella gets off to a fast start with horror #1 occurring right off the bat with hints of tribulation #2 right behind. One can’t help but be drawn in immediately.
This story is about how unthinkable tragedy can lead to loss of will to live, but how life itself, while not totally nullifying the effects of the events, can recreate hope and optimism.
Ms. Middleton writes with a gentle easy style, very British, which I enjoyed very much (I am from the USA). Her characters are very realistic, very well-drawn and likeable. Her settings nicely reflect the moods of the moment.
If you are in the state of mind calling for an afternoon read of a poignant slice-of-life story where living triumphs over tragedy, check out Message in a Bottle. I recommend this novella to all readers.