This was not the kind of book I had in mind when I began it this morning. I wanted something happier, and more bouncy but the people in this book roped me in and I ended up hooked. It did not start off too well, being a little too harsh for me but I guess that might have been the point. It is the kind of book you can read in one sitting if your heart can stand the weight.
Rob Coates is in despair, his life is in shambles and he is almost beyond caring when we meet him. We are then given a look back to a happier time, on the journey to where he is now. His life ‘before’ was resoundingly normal for the most part. The man was someone to identify with,to cheer him on in his relationship with his future wife Anna. Then come the trials that mar the completely happy setup. The jinx, if you must. Once they stumble away from that they are caught unawares by a more monumental problem which will test their wills and what kind of people they think they are. This is a book about pure sorrow and not the light kind. Especially if you have even had experience with the wretchedness of having dealt with Cancer(or any other evil relative of it ) by any degrees of separation this will hit harder home. Beyond all of the above descriptions it displays the resilience of people, for growth and the quest for joy once again.Both Rob and Anna are fundamentally different people but their relationship was delightful to be privy to.
I was very lucky to get a chance to read this ARC thanks to NetGalley.
P.S :This had been a great day for reading, and I see this as a good omen for the week to come.