Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 4, 2020
Talk about mixed feelings…
There are wonderful characters here. Tig is a charming man, despite his chosen methode of coping with his wife’s death. The young Alie is a force to reckon with, driven and with a clear view of the world she wants to live in. There are a few side characters that didn’t feel necessary to the story, but they added a lively touch.
There’s also a story here, of intense passion. Of discovering each other and learning to look beyond the facade. There’s a strong feminist message, and another one of acceptance.
But the book is mostly about the moments in between. Don’t get me wrong, I want to read about a slow night in front of a TV, or walking the dog. But I also want to see some live action, instead of reading only reminiscences. The pace of this book isn’t great, and I had the hardest time finishing it, although I really liked the characters.
It’s like you know there’s a treasure here, but it’s hidden under dirt and dead leaves.