Chick lit, Drama

Reasons To Go Outside by Esme King

Uplit has different tones – this one felt quite different. I felt like I was meeting these people for the first time and not as duplicates of those I had read about before.
I did not go in with any specific expectations since this is the author’s debut. This helped me a lot since the story is not necessarily unique but was written well and welcomed me into the narrative.
The start is quite simple. We have two lonely people who are each contemplating their need for some kindness in the people they might encounter in the plans they are making.
Pearl has not stepped out of her house in years. She lives in her own little world, yearning for a little something more. Connor misses his mother and finds a way to do what he loves by applying for a gardener’s position. This is how Pearl and Connor’s lives meet. There is no sudden change for either of them. They are introduced to things that are already there around them, and they use these as support to move forward in life.
Parallelly we are also introduced to another man who seems to be disconnected from the main narrative, but it is not hard to understand what his place would be. The dual narrative further helps on that front.
As I mentioned earlier, this story is not unique, but the author has done a brilliant job of pouring heart into the narrative. The peaceful growth of the characters and the changes in their lives were delightful to be a part of.
I flew through the book and read it in one or two sittings. I would definitely pick up the next book that the author writes.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.


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