[ARC] Limited Edition by Aude Picault

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The book focuses on a slice of Claire’s life, a thirty-something nurse, while she tries to find a balance between short relationships, although she strives for a stable, long term one, with the purpose of building a family.

The story takes into account common doubts of 30+ women, and provides a realistic image of the protagonist’s point of vies.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.


* Limited Edition by Aude Picault ★★★★☆

*I read this book in english

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[ARC] The Betrayals by Fiona Neill

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Rosie and Nick had a happy family: she, an oncologist, he expert in the mechanics of memory, a daughter and a son.

The novel starts with the happiness already shattered since some years, precisely since the time Nick left his family to go living with Lisa, Rosie’s ex best friend, who left herself her family.

The trigger element of the story is a letter to Rosie, where Lisa shares the fact she is dying of cancer and wants a last meeting with her friend to tell her a last secret.

The novel is built on four points of view (of Rosie, Nick, Daisy e Max), and soon we understand that their family is quite a dysfunctional one, and each of them has some secrets she/he does not want to share. We understand also that Rosie is very attached to her work – maybe too much – and that she is still sentimentally recovering from Nick’s leaving; Max is a brilliant student but very insecure, always wanting the approval of his new girlfriend. The most interesting PoVs are Days’s and Nick’s, both unreliable narrators, the former because of her OCD, the latter for his choice of omitting details. The theme of time that modifies the way we recollect past events is one of the most relevant in the novel, ironically also because of Nick’s professional activity.

The story of the family is nicely built thanks to the four PoVs and a jump to the past, to the summer when the changes begun. In the end I liked The Betrayals, it is an engaging and well-built novel.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.


* The Betrayals by Fiona Neill ★★★★☆

*I read this book in english

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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While the sun sets over Boston, Lily and Ryle met on the roof of a building; she buried her father that day, and her only relevant memories about him are the violent episodes against her mother.

Some months later they meet again, and they are brought together by the mutual attraction they feel. Ryle does not particularly like stable relationships, but he chooses to try one with Lily.

Up to this moment It ends with us is a standard romantic novel: he, her, the attraction and then the love. But this is the exact moment the story changes becoming tragically realistic and dealing with serious issues.

The author in the post face tells she was inspired by relationships between people close to her to tell this story. The novel is much more than a romantic story, and it deals also with mother-daughter relation and friendship: it was unexpectedly nice and engaging.


It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover ★★★★☆

*I read this book in english

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

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Olive Kitteridge us a novel made by thirteen stories, but it’s also the name of the character who is the recurring element. Olive is both the main character and a background one, but always her presence could be felt in the story, thanks also for her strong character.

Olive is a woman who lives in Crosby, Maine, she is a wife, a mother and teaches maths. Her husband counterpoises her character by being more accommodating, while with her son she has a difficult relation, as we can see from the tales where he is always far away, both in space and emotionally.

Olive has a strong character and it’s hard to like her, she is stubborn and moody, but she is also able of unselfish gestures of love, and in these moment her complete humanity emerges, her having the same qualities and flaws of every human being.

Of these novel I remember the rarefied atmosphere, the stillness of the small town where everyone knows everyone, but I recall also the ability to evolve that some of the characters have, and among them Olive’s, who changes, story after story, and becomes aware of herself and of the relationships she built during her life.

I do not think Olive Kitteridge could be defined a novel to spend some time, it’s more like a novel that leaves an impression after its passage.


* Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout ★★★★☆

*I read this book in italian