Length: 352 pages
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Have you ever imagined a different life?
Have you ever stood at a crossroads, undecided…Have you ever had a moment when you wanted to roar?
From much-loved, international bestseller Cecelia Ahern come stories for all of us: the women who befriend us, the women who encourage us, the women who make us brave. From The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared to The Woman Who Returned and Exchanged her Husband, discover thirty touching, often hilarious, stories and meet thirty very different women. Each discovers her strength; each realizes she holds the power to make a change.
Witty, tender, surprising, these keenly observed tales speak to us all, and capture the moment when we all want to roar.
The review: I bypassed this gem on my Netgalley list a number of times for very dumb reasons. First off, I’ll be frank, I just don’t like the cover- I think I put it well into the ‘will go over my head’ category. The other thing was I assumed it would be a colossal read and I honestly do not have time this year for anything over 450/500 pages. Oh how I could kick myself now, but look we are where we are and I am so glad to have read this beautiful book!
So to start with, it’s a group of short stories, all centred around different women, some to make you laugh, for example a group of women who have fallen through the floor from various embarrassing moments, others that,I can’t even begin to put across how emotional I became, as they put me right back to times I felt lost, or at the ‘is this really all I can be from here on in?’ time in my life.
To say they took hold of my heart doesn’t even begin to cover it. There was one in particular that caught me and made me smile too, but still stung as I thought about people’s daily challenges. It began simply, with people being defined by a pink or blue wristband, but soon descended into showing us how gender issues of course should never be that simple.
This is a book where the short stories are all encompassing, unbiased and educational, with perhaps one I wouldn’t have agreed with myself, deeming it to be a little sensational and not as clear cut as portrayed and definitely open to interpretation, especially if you hold different beliefs.
Saying that in general they pretty much all held me, gripped me and took my breath away. One I’ll be buying for friends in the future and beyond recommended. Thanks so much to Harpercollins and Netgalley for the book in return for an honest review.