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The Life You Left Behind: A breathtaking story of love, loss and happiness from Sunday Times bestseller Debbie Howells Kindle Edition
‘A warm, uplifting story about love and loss . . . but beware, you'll need a big box of tissues!’ Clare Swatman, author of Before We Grow Old
One missed flight.
It only takes a moment to change a life.
One year ago Casey Cassidy was happy. She had great friends, a wonderful teaching job and a busy life – until with one missed flight, everything changes.
One year later Casey knows what it means to find that once-in-a-lifetime love people dream of. But when Ben leaves, her heart is shattered.
Left facing a year of firsts without him, piecing her life back together seems impossible. But then a friend offers her a home in rural France.
In the solitude and emptiness, Casey needs to come to terms with what’s happened and find a way to move forward. She has no idea where that will take her one year later...
What readers are saying about The Life You Left Behind:
‘A powerful, emotional, and life-affirming story of love and hope’ Rachael Lucas
‘The writing was INCREDIBLE! I’ve never highlighted so many sections of a book before, but there were just so many beautifully written passages that I knew I indeed to save to come back to' Shan _treatyoshelves_
‘Still crying. I do not think any other book touched me so much’ itsallaboutbooksandmacarons
'I really loved this book. It's one I'll never forget’ coffee.break.book.reviews
'That was absolutely beautiful. Heart-breaking but beautiful’ mrsbookburnee
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About the Author
Having previously worked as cabin crew, a flying instructor and a wedding florist, Debbie started writing during her busiest summer of weddings.
After self-publishing three women's commercial fiction novels, she wrote The Bones of You, her first psychological thriller. It was a Sunday Times bestseller and picked for the Richard and Judy book club. Three more have been published by Pan Macmillan: The Beauty of The End, The Death of Her and Her Sister's Lie.
Her fifth, The Vow, was published by Avon in 2020 and was a #1 ebook bestseller. Her latest, The Secret, is out now, with her next due in 2023.
More recently, Debbie has returned to writing women's fiction novels, about life, love, friendship and loss - the stuff that happens to all of us. The first of these, The Life You Left Behind is coming in February 2022, published by Boldwood.
Debbie writes full time, inspired by the peacefulness of the countryside she lives in with her partner Martin and Bean the rescued cat.
You can visit her website at www.debbiehowells.co.uk.
Follow her on Instagram @_debbiehowells, on Facebook @debbiehowellswriter or on Twitter @debbie__howells.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B09MF3ZKNQ
- Publisher : Boldwood Books (23 Feb. 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 1222 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 374 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 153 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 April 2022
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I also found the eco warrior stuff tedious. I actually agree with a lot of it but it's too in your face for me. I'm also a farmers daughter and the "dissing" of farmers gets on my nerves! Yes the intensive stuff is very bad, but my parents loved their animals, looked after, fed and bedded them down in winter. To say farmers are all bad is naive in the extreme - not all farms are the same.
Anyway, off my stool! I won't read any more by this author.
It's just a really unbelievably selfish main character. Having, like most people, dealt with significant numbers of immediate family losses including the loss of a child, reading that the protagonist in this story didn't tell the mother of her dead husband that he'd died, refused to see or speak to her, and then scattered her dead son's ashes without telling her, while the main character only knew this man and married after a short number of months is actually disgusting and really unbelievably written. Why would we empathise with someone who would do that to a grieving mother? There are even written grief comparisons, like the wife of a few months is a bit like 'of course she's upset I've scattered her sons ashes without telling her, but she didn't tell me he had depression, but I know he had depression. But my grief knowing him less than a year is far more important than the grief of his parents when I literally stole his ashes'. It's actually really gross.
This book was beautiful and tender in dealing with so many emotions. My heart goes out to people who can possibly recognise their Ben in this book.
There wasn't enough background writing about any of the characters. I don't feel like as a reader I knew any of them, aside from their occupations and that Ben wanted to change the world.
The outcome is heartbreaking but the reasoning didn't seem to be researched well enough and was often dropped into the story as what seemed to be an after thought. When it was the main topic of the story it was quite high level and one dimensional.
It definitely highlights a need for everyone to talk about mental health more and seek help and if it helps people in that way then it's served a purpose.
I hope my review helps you choose this book as your next read.