Friday, 25 February 2011

Ever read a book that plays on your mind?

I just did! First of all I have just this second finished this book it's not a mammoth War and Peace sort of book I will be honest I picked it up because I loved the cover, never judge a book by it's cover they say, very true but I'm a sucker for a nice cover.

I started it two days ago and for some reason it weighed heavy on my mind, maybe it was a bit too close to home for comfort. It's not the most gripping book I have ever read but it struck a chord about family and family secrets which are best not unearthed.

The story is told in two parts the first is by the sixteen year old Edie then we rejoin her 20 years later.She meets up with her two sisters again on the day of her mums funeral I found this part very sad and left me questioning my own immortality and my feelings towards my own mum.

Firstly let me explain nothing bad has ever gone on between my mum and I and luckily my mum is still in my life and seeing as she is approaching 80 I feel very blessed.I did however nearly lose my Mum four years ago during a major operation and this book brought to light a lot of feelings from that time.

The hardest part of the book for me was the part when the sisters have to start clearing their mothers possessions I felt very teary at this point as I started to imagine having to do the same in the future, nothing ever prepares for this part of your life.

Sorry if this post is a little gloomy it wasn't meant to be I just wanted to say really that I found this book evoked powerful emotions in me regarding life,love and death basically the three things that move us all.This is a powerful well written book about everyday life.I guess some books leave us feeling like we've been on a journey and for me this is one of them.


  1. Hey Karen,
    Thank you for visiting my blog.

    I don't think it is a gloomy post, I am currently nursing on an end of life ward and get reminded of how lucky I am to still have those around me, however I am too reduced to tears quite often.

    I think anything that makes you remember how precious life is and brings about such emotion is quite magical.


  2. That was meant to read 'those i love around me" :)