A howler of a journey

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When I Lost You Kelly Rimmer released April 21st

Clearly Kelly Rimmer can tell a great story. But this isn’t a great story, it’s an immense journey. And I walked every step with Molly and Leo. I was desperate to get to the end and yet, I slowly re-read bits of it, trying to make it last longer.  I was devastated when it ended.

Leo and Molly consumed me.  It’s a painful book, at times it actually hurt to read parts of it.  I felt the passion, the honesty, the love and the grit of it consuming me.

Yet, for all the incredible emotion it’s an absolute celebration of love.  Seeing Molly and Leo fall in love twice over was uplifting and touchingly romantic.  It would be nice to see this as confirmation that love conquers all. Maybe I’m a little jaded, but I saw the message as real love is a work in progress.

As for the characters, Molly had more depth than you might expect but it’s Leo who is the revelation. You simply don’t hear about Aboriginal Australian men and if you do it’s sad and depressing. I worried it might dominate the story. But Leo’s ethnicity was just one aspect of a very complex man, it enriched and challenged but never dominated the story.  I know I’ll be thinking about Leo for months to come.

This is a book for everyone who has ever been in love or aspires to be.  I howled and howled when I finished it. It’s been so long since I properly cried at a book, and I feel somehow it’s profoundly changed me.

 

Thankyou to netgalley and bookoutre for an ARC in return for an honest review.

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