Learning To Live Again
After You by Jojo Moyes is a contemporary
novel about learning to live through loss. It follows on from Me Before You as
the reader sees how Lou learns to live again.
Loss consumes and dominates. “Losing him was
like having a hole shot straight through me, a painful, constant remainder, an
absence I could never fill.” Lou refers to herself as a ‘doughnut’ and she
wants to be a ‘bun’ to be whole again. When we lose someone we have to wade
through the hurt we feel. “I’ve been waiting to feel normal again.” Normal as
we know it has gone. We must learn how to adapt and live a ‘new normal.’
The reader witnesses a support group for the
bereaved through Lou’s eyes. We see there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to
grieve. We just have to do what we can to cope.
Promised Land by Robert Whitlow is a marvellous
contemporary Christian suspense that will totally consume the reader. It is the
second book in the Chosen People series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The action is fast paced and thrilling. It
concerns the CIA, Mossad and the sensitive relations between the Arabs and the
Israelis. The situation in the Middle East is volatile as questions of trust
arise. Due to the comprehensive descriptions the reader can almost ‘feel’ the
hot, sandy atmosphere tinged with suspicion. The location comes to life.
In contrast there is a slightly calmer
atmosphere in America but there is still the question of homeland security.
Family is important. New lives springing up as
well as families expanding with new relations. Children, their well-being and happiness
are at the heart as past traumas begin to heal.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes is the most beautiful
contemporary novel about love and life. It made me laugh out loud and it made
me cry. It is a book that will stay with me forever.
Love when it strikes, strikes hard. It
consumes. It goes down deep and it is beautiful. With love comes choices,
choices as to how we act, feel and live. We have to decide whether to hang on
tight or whether we love enough to let go. However we love we need to do it
The novel is about two lives that seem poles
apart – privilege versus poverty, health versus ill health, existing versus
truly living. In Me Before You the
reader sees a character bud, blossom and bloom as they learn how to really live
life. A closed existence becomes a much more open one. We have one life and we
need to live it.
Broken Promises by Melody Carlson is a contemporary
Christian novel for young girls aged nine years and above. It is the third book
in the Being Zoey series.
In this series Melody Carlson tackles issues
that are relevant in today’s society. In Broken
Promises she presents the dynamics of female friendships. We have all been
to school and suffered at the hands of other’s hate campaigns, Melody Carlson has
the power in her words to send you flying back through the years, remembering
just how you felt as the victim of others. Melody Carlson presents a realistic
portrayal of the hurt and distress caused.
There is a wonderful two-girl friendship where
the girls encourage, support and look out for each other.
The reader sees the pull of the secular to
tempt us away from church. The reality is that the secular is not as good as it
appears, (isn’t that just like sin, all that glitters is not gold?) whereas
church is amazing, fun and safe.