Published: August 19th, 2014
Pages: 272 (paperback)
Audiobook length: 8hrs and 10 min
Synopsis by the publisher:
Linda knows she’s lucky. Yet every morning when she opens her eyes to a so-called new day, she feels like closing them again. Her friends recommend medication. But Linda wants to feel more, not less. And so she embarks on an adventure as unexpected as it is daring, and which reawakens a side of her that she – respectable wife, loving mother, ambitious journalist – thought had disappeared. Even she can’t predict what will happen next…
Coelho’s writing is breathtakingly beautiful! There aren’t many writers that has captured and moved me the way that Coelho does again and again. The way he paints a perfect mental image of the honesty in any flawed situation is what made this book so hard to put down.
It’s utterly fascinating how he can put together the same words as we all use into an emotional masterpiece.
I felt an instant connection to Linda. Her fear of missing out on things in life but in the same way fearing to let go of what she already had is something that I can see as relatable to so many of us.
Her temptations and thoughts were so brutally honest and showed us a very intimate strain of thoughts that I haven’t seen done so well in a while.
She was the perfectly imperfect character and she has a special place in my heart.
Linda certainly goes through a lot in this short book and I really did struggle to put it down. I just wanted to know where her life was taking her and how she would handle it all.
There were some moments in the book where I was truly surprised when it came to Linda’s choice of action and even though it wasn’t the choices I hoped she would make (some of the times) but I still understood how she came to make those choices. And those choices made the story go in directions that took a hold of me and held me tight throughout the whole book.
It moved at an even pace and had some twists and turns that did not blow my mind but they felt right and true to the storyline.
I loved this book and I loved Linda and all her flaws. It was a story that differs so much from anything I’ve ever read.
Coelho writes perfectly about life, loss, fears and love. A provocative, honest story with a powerful message.
Highly, highly recommend!
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