There are three versions of the past – hers, his, and the truth.
When Robin Vail walks back into widow Isobel O’Briain’s life decades after he abruptly left it, the dark days since her husband’s unexpected passing finally know light. Robin has fallen on hard times but Izzie and her teenage daughter Claire quickly remind him what it’s like to have family…and hope.
But Robin and Izzie are no longer those twenty-something lovers, and as they grow closer once more the missing pieces of their past weigh heavy. Now, to stop history repeating, Izzie and Robin must face facts and right wrongs…no matter how painful.
I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book totally captured my imagination, and I was immediately immersed in the story of Robin and Izzy. I will have to be careful as I review as I have no desire to include any spoilers. I first read one of Eva’s books under her guise of Jane Cable and was also enchanted by her storytelling. I’ve since learned that this is a re-release of the previously self-published The Faerie Tree. I must say, I’m delighted that she made the leap to re-release and to One More Chapter for seeing the potential.
The main focus of the book is about navigating how the human mind handles devastating loss. The way in which our brain seems wired to protect us from unbearable truths and the difficulty of discovering a way to heal and move forward.
When newly widowed Izzy catches a glimpse of her former boyfriend, she takes a leap of faith and tracks him down. Sadly, he is living as a homeless man since a mental break following two devastating bereavements. It’s Robin’s journey to wellness which occupies the main narrative, and it’s almost impossible not to wish for a happy ending.
However, Eva Glyn had created a powerful, examination of the complexities of the human spirit and all is not quite as it initially seems. As the couple find their way back together, it soon becomes apparent that Izzy has not come through her life unscathed.
This is an exceptional and triumphant story which reminds us that even the deepest valleys can lead to beautiful vistas. I was moved to tears and found the experience to be greatly cathartic as all elements of mental health came under scrutiny.
I urge you to read this beautiful book and bask in the truly life-affirming conclusion.
About the Author
Eva Glyn writes emotional women’s fiction inspired by beautiful places and the stories they hide. She loves to travel, but finds inspiration can strike just as well at home or abroad.
She cut her teeth on just about every kind of writing (radio journalism, advertising copy, PR, and even freelance cricket reporting) before finally completing a full length novel in her forties. Four lengthy and completely unpublishable tomes later she found herself sitting on an enormous polystyrene book under the TV lights of the Alan Titchmarsh Show as a finalist in the People’s Novelist competition sponsored by Harper Collins. Although losing out to a far better writer, the positive feedback from the judges gave her the confidence to pursue her dreams.
Eva lives in Cornwall, although she considers herself Welsh, and has been lucky enough to have been married to the love of her life for twenty-five years. She also writes as Jane Cable.
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