WOW WOW WOW
What can I say... I just loved this beautiful story which shows how important friends are to every one of us!
The story starts with Leo, a man with the world on his shoulders who has found himself at his lowest point in life. He is standing on the edge of the town bridge as he considers jumping off as he feels he cannot go on with life. Luckily he calls a helpline number he found on a leaflet at the side of the bridge, however in his distressed state he calls the local charity shop instead of the 24-hour counselling helpline. I will say no more about the plot - you need to go read it for yourself!
If you enjoy watching It's A Wonderful Life when it comes on TV each year then you will LOVE this book. The author clearly loves the film and has reminded me how good it is that I am planning on a Sunday afternoon cosy on the couch watching it with my little dog by my side.
The author, Jaimie Admans, has given us a gorgeous festive romance whilst dealing with the sensitive issue of depression, loneliness and the feeling of failure that so many people are struggling with but feel they can't talk about. These are generally those around us who appear to be the happiest, most cheerful and easy going which real life has shown us all time and time again.
This book made me laugh (and lots of happy tears) and cry (some sad tears) but the main feeling was of hope, of friendship, of the reminder that we should all be a bit more aware of the people around us. I read this book in one sitting, a wet but bright Saturday afternoon into the evening and once I had finished reading my world felt a much brighter place. Thank you Jaimie
Thank you to NetGalley, HQ Digital and Jaimie Admans for the opportunity to read and review this novel. I have ordered my own copy in paperback as I know I will want to read this again and again in the future!