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Author: Liesel Schmidt
Publisher: Carina UK
Published: October 6th, 2014
After thoroughly enjoying ‘The Secret of Us’ I searched Amazon for other books by the same author I was very pleased to discover, purchase, read and now review this book. It tells the story of Zoë . . . how her fiancé Paul proposed to her and soon after tragically died from an aneurysm.
Devastated by his loss she struggles to cope with the grief until her best friend returns home and it is suggested she goes to stay in the house of a stranger, Nick, who is off on a military tour of duty which is due to last for about a year. After due consideration she agrees to move into his home, leaving the flat where she’d so many memories of Paul. This is the start of the next stage of grieving for Zoë, a process which readers are taken through with her and the novel relates all the the angst, turmoil, emotional heartbreak and break through moments in a manner that makes it easy to empathise with her. She has a small network of friends and family who help her though their tactics and motivation aren’t always immediately apparent and some could easily have negative results when revealed – their intentions may have been good but I’m not sure I’d like to be relying on them at times!
This is not a quick romance but is another bitter sweet story with complex characters exploring their emotional journey following the death of someone very dear to them. Don’t however, assume this is simply a dour, sad, poignant read – it has some laugh out loud moments, too! It also looks at wider relationships and does have a brilliant ending, well written and plausible. I have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone who wants more than a straightforward romance, exploring emotional grief and healing. I’m very glad to have found another author who writes fantastic, moving stories that remain with you long after you finish reading them and I’ll certainly be looking for future works by her!