Friday, 17 October 2014

"Lemongrass Hope" by Amy Impellizzeri

I received a copy of this novel from the author, in return for an honest review...

Kate has been married to Rob for ten years and the couple have two beautiful little boys.  A lecturer in history, Kate has supported Rob on his journey to become partner in one of America's finest law practices.  Cracks, however, are beginning to show in their relationship and while they seem like a perfect family to the outside world, Kate is beginning to doubt decisions she made back in the 1990s.  
Sifting through the sands of time, the reader is taken on a journey through love, loss and hope, while all the while standing at Kate's side.  Past friends re-surface, new ones become more meaningful than expected and fate has its part to play.  Kate questions her role in life and how she can mold her future.

This debut novel from Amy Impellizzeri is full of substance.  Subtle changes take on a stronger meaning and things are not what they seem.  Rob is the man she chose all those years ago, but was he the right choice?  Can Kate settle with her decision and can she forget the past?
I can't give too much of the plot away without spoiling the enjoyment, but I can, with hand on heart, say this is a book to buy.

The writing in this novel is just stunning.  Simple, clear and yet powerful at the same time.  The characters are beautifully crafted and the tale lingers for days afterwards.  Reminiscent of The Time Traveler's Wife and The Notebook, I can honestly say it took me by surprise.  I knew nothing of the story, or its author and was not expecting to become engrossed in Kate's life so easily.  A novel that make me care about its characters is always a delight and can be hard to find.  This moving debut ticks all the boxes for me.  Beautifully written, fantastic story, memories intermingled with present time and characters that I wish I could add as friends.  I am one impressed reader!

Lemongrass Hope is published by Wyatt-Mackenzie and is available in paperback and ebook format

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