Top positive review
Great debut novel about love and loss in South Africa
28 August 2018
My 5* review of Perfect Imperfections by Taryn Leigh that I read and reviewed via kindle download.
"Sarah Lewis desires nothing more than to begin again after a failed marriage and a tragedy so terrifying, it forces her to leave her life in London to stay with her best friend a world apart in South Africa. So begins a journey of discovery as Sarah re-unites with Katy in the land where she was born, where the air is lavender scented, and weekends are spent on the beach. Until the day when she has to return to London to face the ghosts of her past and confront a situation that has grown more complicated in her absence."
Tary Leigh does a fantastic job of painting the landscape, sights, flowers and food, sounds and smells of South Africa in this book, that it is so easy to imagine you are there in the endless countryside and small towns that make up this vast country. This is so much more than your average boy meets girl and falls in love story and it had so many layers to it that Sarah's dramatic exit from London to South Africa following a tragedy that no-one dares mention was bubbling under the surface for about three quarters of the book teasing the reader.
When she finally feels able to talk about Adam and what tragically happened to Christopher, the significance of the giraffe, and why she felt she had to pack up and run to her homeland, it was done with such emotion, that I really felt I was going through it with her, especially as I had got to know her slowly throughout the book by now.
There are some lovely insightful passages into human emotions surrounding love and loss running through the book and I especially loved this one from Sarah when she makes it back to her happy place of South Africa and enjoys again the never-ending night sky "If we had no moon, we would have no hope of the sun shining tomorrow. The moon reminds us that the sun is just around the corner" Something in South Africa was licking Sarah's wounds clean, giving them time to heal.
I wondered for a long time about the title of the book and I am guessing it refers to Katy's eclectic collection of crockery which she uses and tells Sarah "Sometimes differences are what make things symmetrical" referring to mismatched teacups and saucers and plates, and in fact, relationships too.
Edward and his beautiful thoughtful gifts encased in his signature white embossed wrapping paper, together with a bow and a sprig of lavender was a lovely romantic theme running through the book and definitely made me think that everyone deserves an Edward in their life!