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Pictures of You [Kindle Edition]

Caroline Leavitt
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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A magically written, heartbreakingly honest snapshot of the people we leave behind and those we can't let go; a portrait of the full spectrum of the human heart. Caroline Leavitt is one of those fabulous, incisive writers you read and then ask yourself, Where has she been all my life? --Jodi Picoult

[Leavitt] creates the kind of psychological tension that has won Jodi Picoult her huge following. --Scottish Sunday Herald

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'A magically written, heartbreakingly honest snapshot of the people we leave behind and those we can't let go; a portrait of the full spectrum of the human heart. Caroline Leavitt is one of those fabulous, incisive writers you read and then ask yourself, Where has she been all my life?' Jodi Picoult '[Leavitt] creates the kind of psychological tension that has won Jodi Picoult her huge following.' Scottish Sunday Herald

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 601 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (12 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050MKOAY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,533 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable story! 4 Aug 2011
By G. Archer VINE VOICE
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Two cars collide one foggy night and the lives of 3 people change forever. Isabelle, the driver of one of the cars, Sam, the young son of April (the other driver who is killed in the crash) and Charlie, Sam's father and April's widower.
"Pictures of You" follows the lives of Sam, Charlie and Isabelle as they pick up the pieces after the crash and look for answers to make sense of it all.
I don't want to give away any more about the storyline. It is well written and I found the characters totally believable and likable. I became immersed in their experiences which covered a range of emotions - sad, difficult, happy,angry, guilt ridden... All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable and moving story which I have no hesitation in recommending.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Left me feeling sad for lost oppertunities 25 July 2012
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
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After a car crash which kills a young mum the survivors must move on in any way they can. April is killed while her son Sam survives, after their car is involved in a crash with Isabelle, who is leaving an unhappy marriage. While the premise is very sad, Sam and his dad Charlie are able to draw strength from the closeness of their relationship. When Sam develops a fascination with Isabelle Charlie tries to stop it, but eventually ends up falling for the woman who killed his wife. The emotions all three characters feel due to this situation are interesting and complex, and make for fascinating reading.

The moral dilemma is simplified for the reader as we learn more about April, and why she was on the road that day. The wife and mother Charlie had hoped she was gradually gets broken down to a lonely, damaged woman who handled her life the only way she knew how.

The book is a modern love story, of falling in love as a family when you're a single parent, and the three way balance required to make a relationship work when there is a child involved. The book balances the love story with exploring individual characters wants and desires, and how ultimately those wants lead to a great misunderstanding.

I really enjoyed this story, it is skilfully written with loveable but human characters. The author is adept at painting a clear and easily understandable narrative, with scenes which jump off the page.

The message this book left me with is that you should never leave something unsaid for fear of being embarrassed, as it just might be a mistake you don't even know you should regret. The ending seemed sad to me, and while I know in real life nothing ever wraps up neatly, I do like my fiction to do so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 7 Dec 2013
By K. Wright VINE VOICE
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After two cars collide on a foggy road, two families lives are changed forever. April, a young mum is killed but her son Sam survives. The other driver Isabelle, blames herself for the crash. April's husband Charlie is left shocked and confused, not only for the death of his wife and grief for his son but from the news that April had a suitcase in the car. As Charlie tries to piece together what April was doing that day, Sam develops a fascination with Isabelle and they form a connection over their interest in photography. As the story develops their lives become even more intertwined and although the plot is a little slow moving in the middle I was still interested to see how it ended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read 4 Oct 2012
By AnnB
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From the moment I started to read this book I was gripped and throughout the book it didn't lose its momentum. The author tackles grief, guilt and the complex feelings of a child really well. The story is set in America, mainly on the Cape. It tells the story of two women and their families and a horrific accident that has a major impact on them all. The plot is strong and the main characters are well developed by the author. I would imagine women of all ages would enjoy this book, it would be an ideal holiday read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick Easy Read 6 Sep 2011
By Luna Shine VINE VOICE
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This book is made up of three main characters, Charlie, Sam and Isabelle linked together by one tragedy, that's all I have to say on the synopsis as it has been well outlined by other reviewers. Although the story was sad, I didn't find it too emotional or upsetting.

I thought the book was well written and flowed through so well I didn't want to put it down. As a result I read this book quite quickly. I agree with one reviewer who referred to some loose ends, but nothing which spoiled the overall novel. I have to say though I was really disappointed with the last few chapters of the book and particularly the ending, it just seemed to fade and left me feeling a bit cheated.

Having said that, if you want a book to read on the beach, or on a rainy afternoon, this will fit the bill. It's easy, predictable in places, but definitely worthy a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pictures of you 2 Mar 2014
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A great read could not put it down had me gripped . I say it's worth the money any day
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4.0 out of 5 stars A poignant story 22 May 2013
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A brilliant story of love and life and sacrifices that are made to help others even if it means heartache for yourself. An easy read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pictures of You 27 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this book immensely it gave me emotional thought beyond just a story. It was deep and thought provoking. I dint want to put it down.
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