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Review: when you’re gone by Brooke Harris

when youre gone1958
In a small town like Athenry, people talk. Everyone’s noticed that the injury which stopped Annie Fagan’s father from working doesn’t prevent him from hitting his wife. But a man’s home is his castle, and no one is going to intervene.

Until Annie runs into Arthur ‘Sketch’ Talbot. Sketch is determined to help Annie, and the two soon fall in love. But Annie’s father won’t give his daughter up lightly, and Sketch’s attempts to save her will have devastating consequences…

Now
Holly’s world is falling apart. Her unborn baby is seriously ill, her relationship is fracturing before her eyes, and her Nana is dying. But Nana has one final wish before she leaves: to read, one last time, the handwritten story of her first – and last – love, Albert ‘Sketch’ Talbot.

As Holly reads to Nana, could it help her find the strength to face her own future? Could fulfilling her grandmother’s final wish really be a gift for Holly?

Review

This is a story about a very close-knit family. Holly is home to visit her ailing grandmother. All signs indicate that her nana, Alice, doesn’t have long to live. The family is devastated. They are struggling to deal with the impending loss but also trying to hold on to Alice and keep her on earth just a little longer. It is during this time that the family discovers Alice’s writing about her first love.

This story in narrated in a dual timeline. I was utterly captivated by the 1958 timeline. Alice’s story was so poignant and well detailed. I found myself looking forward to her narration, maybe because I enjoy historical fiction or just because of her character and the unfolding love story. Holly’s narration was also interesting though for some reason, it didn’t pull me in like Alice’s.

This is a story about family, love and loss. It is both beautiful and heartbreaking. There were moments that had me smiling while others made me a little teary. I lost my grandparents way back in the 90s and can’t remember much about them. Reading about Alice and her family makes me feel like I missed out on important relationships and some great stories too.

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25 comments on “Review: when you’re gone by Brooke Harris

  1. Norrie
    March 15, 2019

    Ah, love dual timelines and a bit of family drama 😀
    Great review 🙂 I saved this one for future reference.

    • Diana
      March 15, 2019

      Thank you, Norrie. This was an emotional read and the dual timeline really helped in developing the plot.

  2. jennifertarheelreader
    March 15, 2019

    Lovely, heartfelt review, Diana. I lost one set of grandparents very early in life, too. I always wonder what if. This sounds like a great book.

    • Diana
      March 15, 2019

      Sorry to hear that, Jennifer. This book is lovely, I enjoyed reading about Holly’s Nana and her family.

  3. Shalini
    March 15, 2019

    Alice and Sketch were too beautiful together… I cried buckets reading this story… 😞 Lovely review.. They were such a close knit family, there was so much love between them❤️

    • Diana
      March 15, 2019

      Thank you Shalini. Theirs was truly a beautiful story ❤

  4. B Lostinacoulee
    March 15, 2019

    Wonderful review, Diana! This one sounds like one I need to add! Glad to see it was a good one for you!

    • Diana
      March 18, 2019

      Thank you.I hoe you will enjoy it as much as I did, if you get the chance.

  5. anovelglimpse
    March 15, 2019

    That blurb gave me chills! Then I read your review and I think I really need to read this book. I love how it alternates time periods and is woven together by women in the same family. That reminds me of Karen White’s books, and I love those. Great review!

    • Diana
      March 18, 2019

      Thanks 🙂 I haven’t read Karen White’s books but you have made curious about them. Yeah, the dual timeline really made this even special in telling the story of the grandma and the grand daughter. Interesting how generations part, the two story lines still had some similarities 🙂

      • anovelglimpse
        March 18, 2019

        Oh! They are so good! They’re set in the South and have a mixture of family and mystery. I would highly recommend them. Usually there are three points of view in different times and they all tie together.

        • Diana
          March 18, 2019

          Thank you,will try get a copy of one of her books.Sounds like something I’d enjoy.

  6. Great review. The story may hit too close to home for me to read, but it sounds emotional and beautiful.

    • Diana
      March 18, 2019

      Oh, I think I understand why.Yeah, its emotional and beautiful, quite heartbreaking too. Thanks Meggy 🙂

  7. Yvo
    March 15, 2019

    Wonderful review! The dual timeline sounds like it adds an interesting touch to the plot.

    • Diana
      March 18, 2019

      Thanks Yvo. Yes it did. The two women had different, interesting stories so it was nice to hear their voices and see the stories connect.

  8. Lovely review this book was definitely heartbreaking! I lost my grandparents in the 90s as well, I also live halfway across the country from them so didn’t see them all that much, my kids have a really good relationship with my parents although they’ve lost their grandparents on the other side already, I wish I had had that relationship in my life!

    • Diana
      March 18, 2019

      Sorry to hear that, Berit. I totally get what you mean. It sounds like such a precious, important relationship. Sad we both lost a chance to have that with our grandparents decades ago. Its good that your kids still have your folks ❤

  9. Cozynookbks
    March 16, 2019

    Great review, Diana. Both you and Berit enjoyed this book so I’ve added it to my tbr. I lost my grandmother in the late 80’s, and I feel like I’m really missing her all over again these days.
    Thanks for reviewing. 😊

    • Diana
      March 18, 2019

      I’m sorry to hear that Laurie. I also miss mine so much of late especially with everything going on in my life. Sadly, I don’t even remember much about my grandparents.

      Thank you ❤

      • Cozynookbks
        March 19, 2019

        Yes….I’ve been thinking more about my grandmother lately as well. She would have been shocked to see some of the things that are going on in the world today. I sure could use some of her back-in-the-day stories though. 😊 I loved to hear about how different things were, and I really appreciate her wisdom these days now that I’m older.
        I believe that we’ll see them all again one day. 😉
        Enjoy the remainder of your week, Diana. 🤗

  10. Great review, Diana. When I read the synopsis you provided I had a feeling that you’d enjoy the 1950’s timeline more and I was right!

    • Diana
      March 18, 2019

      haha you were definitely right. I almost wish that that there was a another book just based on the 1950s timeline. Thanks Nikola 🙂

  11. deesradreadsandreviews
    March 18, 2019

    Lovely review, Diana! I hope to read this one soon.

    • Diana
      March 18, 2019

      Thanks Dee. I think you’d enjoy it.

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