A 33-year-old woman named Joyce Conway falls down a flight of stairs and loses her baby. Back from the hospital, she moves back in with her elderly father with her life and her marriage in pieces. Strange things begin to happen to her as she finds she has new knowledge and skills that she didn’t possess before. She knows about tiny cobbled streets in Paris, which she has never visited. And every night she dreams about an unknown little girl with blonde hair.
Justin Hitchcock is divorced, lonely and restless. He arrives in Dublin to give a lecture on art and meets attractive doctor Sarah, who persuades him to donate blood. It’s the first thing to come straight from his heart in a long time.
What I liked:
* The Plot: I loved the idea of when you receive blood from someone, you get with it a piece of his life, his memories…
* The characterization: The characters are described in a very nice way. You get into Joyce and Justin minds and you feel their hesitation, their fear, their pain. I was amazed by Joyce father character.
* The storyline: It covered some pretty tough subjects and was still an easy read.
What I didn’t like:
* The storyline got boring at some points with lots of descriptions and slow action. It was like the author was trying to reach a certain number of pages.
About the Author:
Cecelia Ahern is an Irish novelist, since 2004. She is best known for her book “PS. I love you” which was adapted into a movie. She also produced the ABC comedy Samantha Who? starring Christina Applegate.
The book is a bit slow but the style of writing is nice. The description of emotions is very realistic and sharp. The ending is nothing surprising so do not expect too much. Let’s say it’s a pleasant read that will take you to a world where serendipity plays the key role.