Drama

Reinventing Hillwilla by Melanie Forde

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I have read another book by this author, Decanted Truths by Melanie Forde. It was an unexpected experience, and when I saw another work by the author available, I decided to give it a try.

This is the final book in a trilogy, a fact I did not pay attention to initially. Unlike other times, this did not unduly affect my reading experience. I was actually glad to catch the tying up of loose ends of all the narrative while being given a brief overview of everything that these people had to bear in the previous two instalments. We have multiple lead characters, and the description begins with a dog giving us a brief intro to what we are about to encounter. 

It is a time of change for all the residents in a fictional town. How each of the people deals with what is thrown at them and how they learn to evolve is the bulk of the narrative. The writing is simple but done in such a manner that it is easy for us, as readers, to feel for the characters. Once the story got going, the book was easy to read in a few sittings. I never felt awkward for not having read the previous works. 

We have a girl on the brink of adulthood coming to terms with her ‘different’ upbringing and figuring out her college life as well as other relationships. We have a woman with a different possible future in front of her, but something is holding her back. We also have llamas, mysterious happenings and hospital visits and lots of tears. Some dialogues may feel clunky, but they seemed to suit the mood of the story. 

Overall I would recommend this to anyone on the lookout for a drama series with lead characters of differing ages. 

I received an ARC of the book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience of this and another work by the same author.

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