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- Language: English
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- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
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I cuddled up on my chair to read this not really knowing what to expect but what I do know is that I didn’t expect the sensory onslaught that unfurled in front of my eyes.
I was swept away by a barrage of emotions that left me breathless. I emerged the other side of the book battered and bruised but eternally grateful for the talent that is Ms Wilder.
Please make sure you have a box of tissues by your side when you start this and another one in the cupboard…just in case!
You will both love and hate Christian and Ava as you journey with them on a life that is all consuming! Their loss was heartfelt and the emotions totally realistic, this is a journey that neither they or you would wish to be on but that once on it there is now way out.
Evocatively heart-breaking and stunning well written this is a story that will be talked about for a long time.
"Ava, my love: you have always been the best part of me, and through you we created Henry, our son, and in him I found completion and strength and purpose. Now that he is gone, I have lost those things, and I have lost you, and thus I have lost myself."
I honestly can't find the words to describe this book. It was so utterly heartbreaking and yet utterly beautiful at the same time. The grief, sadness, anger and bitterness literally breathed from the pages into me. I could feel Christian's and Ava grief through their words. At the same time there was also a story of courage to move forward, fight to not let go and determination and love to never give up hope of the one you love.
"I hate you. But I also love you. If I saw you right now, I’d probably punch you straight in your perfect Roman nose and then kiss your stupid perfect lips. And then ugly cry, snot and all. And then rip your clothes off and ride you like a stallion. Or maybe all of those at once. Kiss you, punch you, and f*** you, all while ugly crying."
I'm not sure how others will think but I honestly liked both Christian and Ava. I couldn't be angry at Christian for leaving because I understood how much sadness he was feeling and that he truly couldn't see another way out of it and I understood that Ava was angry at home for leaving and also trying to deal with her own grief. Their emotions made them so realistic and what we really saw with them was just two people trying overcome tragedy in their own way.
"The tug of war between needing you, wanting you, loving you, and hating you, loathing you, reviling you…is just too strong and too painful."
I loved the way the story was done with the journal entries, letters and emails. It made me connect even more with the characters, as if they were writing to me. The plot itself wasn't easy going at all, it is a hard read but it is also so rewarding once you do. The ending really surprised me and I am desperate for the next book to find out what happens next. I am praying there is happiness at the end of Christians and Ava's story but I know that it might not be possible or maybe the happiness will come in a different way I am hoping? Who knows- what I do know is that this book will make you cry and want to shout your anger at the unfairness but it will capture you and hook you and you won't want to put it down.
Beautifully written and emotionally gut wrenching.
I’m a huge fan of this author and the variety in her stories but this book is like nothing she’s written before. I think as a Mother this is the hardest book I’ve ever had to read and the most difficult review to write.
Christian and Ava are married and have experienced the most devastating loss you can imagine and my heart hurt reading the beginning of their story. Their pain and emotions bled across the pages, raw emotions that felt so real and heartbreaking I had a lump in my throat.
Unable to find a way to cope with the tragedy, they both struggle with their grief separately and it tears them apart.
Christian is a writer and expresses his feeling through his journal and Ava has a blog but struggles to put her feeling down and bottles up her pain.
Christian’s at breaking point and the only way he can see to survive is to leave and sail the sea so he buys a boat and leaves. While he’s sailing he journals and also writes emails to Ava to express what he couldn’t say face to face.
Christian wants to find the man inside him he used to be and Ava wants to forgive him for leaving and deal with their devastating loss. As more time goes by, is it going to be too late for them to reconcile or is the separation exactly what they needed to save their relationship?
This story is an emotional journey and beautifully written. The characters are both likeable and brutally honest with their feelings which makes the book so realistic and I was rooting for them throughout. I recommend this story but if you’ve ever lost a child in tragic circumstances, this may not be a book you’d want to read.
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