Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for the complimentary e-ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
Adrienne Young has such a way with words & THE UNMAKING OF JUNE FARROW really sucked me in one night when I flailed around looking for something to read. (The title alone gives me raptures.)
This evocative & wistful book has a time slippage premise where the female Farrows have the ability to respond to two different times at once—it’s something that June finds herself struggling with at the beginning of the book as she hears music no one else can hear, sees a strange man lurking & then suddenly disappearing, etc.
Then one day she chooses to walk through a door & she finds herself in the past with a ticked off man who says he is/was her husband who was summarily abandoned by her when she presumably went through the door again.
So June must confront this man who she doesn’t really remember meeting, during a time she hasn’t been in yet, & meanwhile she has another life in the current time with people she loves.
I’m guessing you can see the possible emotional implications of all of this.
Despite the fact that I occasionally got confused by some of the time details, this is a moving story that made me wrestle with some of the emotional fallout of the characters’ choices & what it means to go through the door.
There’s often a sadness that comes with time slippage / time travel books, I think, something lost for something gained, & this book definitely incorporates that into the story.
Ultimately TUOJF is an emotion-driven story that asks the question what if you don’t go through a door: what if that is the risky thing to do. It’s not my personal fave Adrienne Young story but it is compelling & written in a lovely way—she is such a stylist—& I think it will grab many hearts.
4⭐️. Out 10/17.
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Hi and welcome to my blog stop for Ashley Poston's The Seven Year Slip! A big thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for the complimentary e-ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
An overworked book publicist with a perfectly planned future hits a snag when she falls in love with her temporary roommate…only to discover he lives seven years in the past, in this witty and wise new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Dead Romantics.
Sometimes, the worst day of your life happens, and you have to figure out how to live after it.
So Clementine forms a plan to keep her heart safe: work hard, find someone decent to love, and try to remember to chase the moon. The last one is silly and obviously metaphorical, but her aunt always told her that you needed at least one big dream to keep going. And for the last year, that plan has gone off without a hitch. Mostly. The love part is hard because she doesn’t want to get too close to anyone—she isn’t sure her heart can take it.
And then she finds a strange man standing in the kitchen of her late aunt’s apartment. A man with kind eyes and a Southern drawl and a taste for lemon pies. The kind of man that, before it all, she would’ve fallen head-over-heels for. And she might again.
Except, he exists in the past. Seven years ago, to be exact. And she, quite literally, lives seven years in his future.
Her aunt always said the apartment was a pinch in time, a place where moments blended together like watercolors. And Clementine knows that if she lets her heart fall, she’ll be doomed.
After all, love is never a matter of time—but a matter of timing.
[ID: Jess’s white hand holds the ebook in front of a peacock mural painted on a slate colored wall. The peacock’s feathers are blue, orange, red, yellow, & green.]
Approximately 30 seconds into The Seven Year Slip by Ashley Poston & I had immediate feelings. I just knew it was going to be one of those books & it was, it was.
Poston offers a book that had me on a knife’s edge between sadness & the lovely certainty that a HEA was coming. A HEA that *has* to happen despite the fact that our leads meet in a magical apartment but outside of that apartment, they’re living seven years out of time from each other.
Grief is a part of this book, as well as career aspirations & personal happiness & how people change. Is it possible to love someone as they change / after they’ve changed, the book explores, & the answer is of course a resounding yes.
While this book is a rich & decadent consideration of feelings & of life in general, & while the characters are adorable, I wanted more from their current, present-day relationship.
And overall, the book has a definite HEA & and ends wonderfully on all fronts, but it remained a bit too sad for me. I closed the pages feeling happy but also with a lingering feeling of wistfulness & contemplation.
Not a bad thing, but maybe not quite the light feeling I was hoping for.
Still, this is a lovely book & I’m entranced by Poston’s writing.
4.5⭐️. Out today!
CWs: grief, suicide.
Is this one on your TBR? Did you also fall hard for The Dead Romantics? Let me know what you think and thanks for stopping by!
Thanks to the author for the complimentary e-ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
I’m often trying new authors because I feel like you never know when you’ll find a new one whose books make you fall in love.
Rosanna Leo was gracious enough to send me an ARC of her upcoming PNR Darke Passion, out 03/21.
Dual timelines + ghosts + kissing is definitely my jam & this book delivers on those fronts. The historical setting is Canada during the War of 1812 & it becomes pertinent to the present- day story when inn owner Simon Teal contacts our heroine Edwina Darke saying that people think his inn is haunted.
Edwina Darke & her sisters—all of whom have unique jobs at their paranormal investigation agency—are on the case.
While the story is atmospheric & creepy in a way I wanted, the ending is satisfying, & the moments of sweetness are engaging, I’m not a huge fan of insta feelings—which this felt like to me—& I didn’t always feel fully connected to the writing style. (Both of those things are “YMMV” kinds of things to me).
But this is a fun story with some great thrills & a sweet & naughty romance too.
3⭐️. Out 03/21.
CWs: murder, haunting, reference to rape.
Give me that HEA, please.
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