Before delving into the excitement of my time in Dubai, I decided that a review of one of my favourite holiday reads would be a great idea, as it would enable me to relive some of my incredibly relaxing moments and allow me to set the scene for my next post…
My Everything is about Hannah, a woman who has finally decided about telling her husband, Tom, that she’s leaving him. But, shockingly, things don’t go according to plan; he has a stroke and she is left to battle with the consequences – it certainly put me back in touch with raw reality, whilst I was blissfully lazing around in the sun!
The story started off at quite a rapid pace, with Hannah wanting to end her marriage, but then discovering Tom on the floor, having a stroke. However, events started to slow down considerably afterwards and I was left unamused with reading about Hannah’s daily struggles and Tom’s difficult personality.
Despite resenting Hannah at first, I grew to empathise with her; especially since she had dropped all her plans to look after her husband. Tom seemed like a stubborn character, however exploring their love story from the past, made me see Tom in a different light; someone young and fun, who had forgotten himself over the years, due to the daily pressures of adult life.
My Everything started off monotonously, but transformed into something inspiring; it showed how love can be lost along the way and to the point of separation, but forgiveness can overcome all. The story had me emotionally involved with each of the characters, and eventhough I couldn’t relate to a married couple, their unique traits and daily trials made them more realistic, engrossing me further.
Overall, this was a beautifully written debut. It was a devastating and touching tale, but also uplifting in terms of uncovering blissful moments in ugly situations. It touched upon the themes of love, guilt and forgiveness, with the underlying subject matter placing emphasis on defining life, focusing on your dreams and having hope.
Have you read My Everything? If not, would you consider reading this book? Have you read a similar book?