Before I moved from Toronto, I put myself on a ‘no book buying’ period for a few months. It’s not because I didn’t want books. It was because I didn’t want to have to move the books. I was already worried that the moving people were judging me.
I did have some gift cards that I needed to use up, so I made an exception and did a book buying expedition. This is one of the books I got. As I am sure you know, as a book lover, there was (and is) a lot of buzz about this book. So I thought, why not!
And, as usual (if you are a reader of my reviews) I didn’t look at the synopsis before getting it. I had no idea what the book was about. Except that it might be about little fires….everywhere.
Not to spoil it for you, but I loved this book. It was excellent.
I don’t want to go into the story and what it’s about – you can look it up if you want.
The book is about family, both blood and chosen. It’s also about the paths that people take in their lives and what the consequences are and how other’s choices can make us question what we have done. Does that sound cryptic? I don’t mean it to be.
I had no idea how this story was going to unfold, and I love that in a book. It always impresses and fascinates me when an author can weave multiple characters and story lines through each other and take you to a place you didn’t think you would end up. It’s literary genius, in my opinion.
I really cared about the characters and changed my opinion of them as the book progressed. As I was supposed to. One of the themes of the book is that you really don’t know what someone has gone through and it’s easy to judge them because you don’t know.
This was one of those books that you can’t stop reading it because it’s so good, but you don’t want it to end at the same time because you are invested in the characters.
I would highly recommend this book. Go and get it. Read it on the porch, at the beach or at the cottage. You will thank me.