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Lexie and her family react to the grief caused by Jamie's unexpected death in different ways. Jenny giving us an insight into the Gordon family that was so perceptive it was heart breaking to read at times. Lexie was an artist on the cusp of her big break, she abandoned it and put her life on hold so she could return home to support her parents. Her father couldn't or wouldn't allow himself to grieve, he just buried himself in the family business - much like an ostrich burying its head in the sand. Whilst Martha, Lexie's mother faded, she lost the colour in her life and drifted from day to day allowing life to carry on around her. From the off it was clear that none of them had even come close to dealing with their grief.
Who would have thought that an unexpected visitor, an elderly lady, clad in slippers, climbing through the kitchen window, would be the catalyst to first Lexie and then her mother beginning their grieving process. Only Lexie's father seemed untouched! A discovery of an aged pair of babies booties gives Lexie the drive to begin painting again - wanting to capture the story behind them she was fired up and supported by her friends she slowly begins to paint. Without intention it is this that also stirs her mother.
Jenny began each chapter with a description of various, different shoes. It was a unique concept - every pair new or old has a story to tell and it was these, often emotive stories that drove Lexie - her need to capture the stories that touched her the most in oils was like breathing life back into a dying flame for her.
But, like in real life nothing is ever clear cut and straight forward and the past comes back to bite her on the bum. In life some people speak and act from the heart others say and do what is expected. We find out it's not just the accident with Lexie trying to deal with her grief and that of her family as well but in addition in the past Lexie had been hurt by both sorts of characters. Jenny's descriptive skills are second to none, I'm sure every reader will be cussing and cursing, muttering their opinions as both men, Patrick and Cameron appear on her radar once again.
This really is a book that sensitively gets into the heart of a family and a community that has been affected by grief. The love and support is evident from the first page. It isn't just words spoken that are important, it's the actions too. Knowing when to push and when to back off, when to speak and when to stay silent is a skill known to few and yet, Jenny demonstrated it, through her characters, time and time again. I guarantee People We Love is a book that will move you without doubt, as the main characters eventually begin the grieving process - each in their own different way. I loved the way Jenny made me as a reader get under the skin of all the characters, I really did care what happened to them and I cussed and was close to tears in equal measures.
A good lesson can be taken from this book - life is for living but impossible to do unless you can move forward, letting go of the past first. Each and every one of us will do this in a different way but there is one constant, we all need the love and support of our family and friends, they are the balast to support us when we need them. Some people needing hands on support, others just knowing they've got people in their corner, should they really need them will be enough.
I was not familiar with author Jenny Harper’s work before I got the chance to read and review ‘People We Love’, and I’m really glad I got the chance to discover her writing. It took me a bit of time to really get into the novel, but the characters and storyline managed to draw me in after a few chapters and after that I just wanted to keep on reading. The story is incredibly captivating and beautifully written, filled with tons of emotion, and the characters are well-drawn and fascinating. I quickly warmed to Lexie and was really curious to see whether she would be able to get on with her life after her brother’s death and which choices she would make. A big focus lies on Lexie’s love life, with appearances by her exes Cameron and Patrick, and I loved the fact that the story included this romance element, but also focused on other characters and the relationships between them, such as Lexie and her best friend Molly.
As I already mentioned but just want to focus on again, this novel has some great in-depth characters at its core. Not just Lexie and her family, but other characters such as the elderly lady who climbs through the kitchen window, Edith, and the local eccentric shop owner Pavel, really managed to steal my heart. The storyline of this novel is just beautiful and I want to applaud the author for coming up with and creating this emotional and wonderful tale. ‘People We Love’ is a captivating story about healing, overcoming things and going on with your life with a smile on your face. A truly wonderful story which I can’t recommend enough!
People We Love was my first book by Jenny Harper and I really liked the whole story and idea behind it.
Unfortunately it took me quite a while to get into the story. I liked Lexie as a character, but I couldn’t really find a connection to her. I loved her passion for painting and especially her little project with the shoes she developped. There is such a beautiful message behind it, just so adorable.
Lexie, her family and friends have gone through a lot since Jamie died and there were a lot of open questions. It was interesting discovering the truth, but at times I felt that there was too much going on. All the little things were touching and beautiful, but the whole picture seemed vague sometimes.
It’s a journey of letting go, doing what you love, and find a way to be happy and find true love. I felt that Lexie was always hiding a bit behind her passion.
Pavel (Lexie’s polish friend) and Edith added a wonderful spark to this book.
Each chapter started with a description of a pair of shoes, such a beautiful idea, especially when you get to discover the meaning behind each pair.
People We Love is a touching and sweet story about love, pain and friendship. It's dealing with some difficult and touching topics in a beautiful way. Unfortunately, the writing made it difficult for me to properly dive into it, there was something missing and the storyline was not ideal for me, which is a pity, because I really liked the message behind it all.
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