Top positive review
Wow. Just wow.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 July 2021
"There is no such thing as unforgivable between people who love each other. But even as I’m thinking it, I know it’s not really true."
Ever since she was a child, "The Paper Palace" had been a place where Elle and her family would spend their holidays. Now married and with children of her own, it is still a place she visits with her family and friends.
Following a rash decision made in the heat of the moment, the story jumps between the past and present, revealing generations of complicated relationships and some questionable, heartbreaking decisions...
OK, so I went in with no expectations and knowing next to nothing about the plot, but I never imagined how invested I'd become in the story. This is compelling, domestic drama at its absolute finest. 👌🏻
One thing that stood out to me was how certain traumatic events can happen to a member of one generation and indirectly affect another. Additionally, without going into too much detail, there were some prime examples of how (in my opinion) parents can fail at protecting their children.
Miranda has nailed everything here from the absolutely stunning imagery to a captivating story. Her writing is fantastic and I just cannot fault it. Put it this way, I loved this book so much I've already ordered a physical copy.
Granted there's some pretty heavy topics I wasn't entirely prepared for, so do be aware of the trigger warnings:
*Some triggers to be aware of in this book are: child abuse, sexual assault, infidelity and non-consensual incest.