Miss You, Kate Eberlen
Well, the romance in this book is brief, very brief and only covers the last few pages. As a novel though does that matter? Yes if you want the whole book to be about Tess, Gus and their romance, because its not. For me though it was still a great read.
I’m an eclectic reader so diverting off the romance path I expected was fine. What you do get in this book is a story that almost lives up to the motto “its better to travel than to arrive” The arrival was good, albeit very brief as I said earlier.
The real treasure of the book is the meandering way these two people keep meeting or nearly meeting – the Missing You from the title is very literal. Tess and Doll muse early in the book whether there is just one person for each of us, the real The One…. Somehow in this story its like there is Gus for Tess and vice versa, but it takes them a long, meandering journey, where they both grow and undergo so much before they finally find their way to each other.
Its full of snippets, of real incidents and characters, of how life isn’t a smooth run for most of us but a bumpy ride, of how things from our pasts can affect us for so long and shape how we behave. I loved Tess and Gus, Hope was a real star, Doll a wonderful person, so vivacious and full of life. The butterfly connection too – was it just co-incident or something more?
At the end we still don’t really know if life has a plan for each of us, if there really is just one person we need, whether things are predestined or is it all just chance, and would Tess and Gus have got together, stayed together even if they’d met and taken the chance with each other earlier in their lives? Who knows?
Among the light hearted parts of this there are some pretty serious issues, Hope and her problems, the families reactions, PTSD, how families cope with grief, parenting – how what we think we do it right and yet viewed from another perspective its very different. Its a book that made me smile, made me think and at times made me really sad.
I really enjoyed it and yet its not one I’d reread, its a one and done story for me.
Stars: Five, a romantic journey rather than a Romance Book.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher