My rating: 5 of 5 stars
That was soooooo good! I’m not sure I can quite articulate why I loved this book so much but I did.
Maybe it’s because I love seeing happy endings for characters that don’t fit into the ‘square jawed alpha’ stereotype.
Maybe it’s because it’s a book chock full of different types of love, love that persists against the odds and love that provides a bedrock of support for the people it encompasses.
Roan has such a talent at writing outside the norm.
Her characters have an otherworldly way to them at times, here it’s not as obvious but both Jack and Simon follow non-traditional character tropes even while they skirt the edges of convention.
Jack is an artist, but he’s not a tortured one, he’s struggling with the very real anger that comes with a betrayal of trust.
Simon’s anxieties aren’t irrational or treated as a joke, he’s managed to make a path through life for himself to the best of his ability and Waugh the help of his awesome grandma Jean.
I also loved Jack’s brother Charlie, I felt so much love for how much he’d sacrificed. I’d love to read his story and have him find a happy ending too please Roan!
That the majority of the narrative concerns just a cast of two, and a multitude of wonderful animals, but never feels claustrophobic, is testament to the author.
I also very much appreciated, in a book where one of the character’s anxieties paralyse him on occasion, that miscommunication was not a major plot point.
I also appreciated the cameo appearance in reference only of Corbin Wale 😁
So, all in all, just a cracking good read.
#ARC kindly received from the publisher Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.