Thursday, 22 November 2012

Review - Those We Love Most by Lee Woodruff

Those We Love Most
Published September 2012
Hyperion



My thanks to NetGalley and Hyperion for a digital edition of this book.

The complexities of family life are expertly explored in this emotional story which focuses primarily on a family tragedy and then on the aftermath of coping with immense loss. The poignant vulnerability of each family member is heartbreaking to witness and yet the strength of purpose demonstrated by some of the central characters is both poignant and uplifting. From the beginning, it is evident that this family at the heart of the story could quite simply be any family, defenceless, scared and utterly overwhelmed by disaster, with each of them coping in very different ways. However, throughout the novel, it is reiterated that mostly we are stronger together than apart and even though some of the characters don’t always act in a likeable way, there is always a strong sense of ‘family’.

Those We Love The Most is not an easy book to read, there are some sections which tug at the heartstrings and make for emotional reading. However, it is obvious that Lee Woodruff enjoys writing, her skill is evident in every word and whilst there is a recognisable vulnerability in her characterisation, she also has the unique ability to engage with her readers on an emotional level. 

4****


In addition to Those We Love Most - Lee Woodruff is the co-author of New York Times best selling In an Instant and also author of a series of essays Perfectly Imperfect. 

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