Monday, September 12, 2016
Another Night, Another Day by Sarah Rayner ~ Book Review
I will confess that this was a total cover buy. I really thought the cover was pretty. It wasn't until well into the book that I put two and two together and realized that this was like a part II to another book which I actually had on my "want to read list". Coincidentally, that book also had teacups. So I actually had a moment of being ticked that I had read a sequel before I read the first book. That being said, not reading the first did not make this book at all confusing or hard to understand. It read like a stand alone. The author did a great job of telling this story without having to have the knowledge of the first.
I also thought the author did a really good job of exploring mental health and issues of depression. The characters were relatable as were they're situations. I was really drawn into their stories and was cheering them on hoping they would all be ok in the end. Karen is a widower who's husband died at a young age from a heart attack and still in the journey of grief for him now her father also passes away. She always puts others first so her emotional health has been set on the back burner as she tries to also be there for her mom at this time. Abby's seven year old son has autism and he can be emotionally and physically draining. She feels that she has had to do it all when it concerns her son and has been resenting her husband's lack of involvement. They haven't been connected emotionally in a long time and she's watching her marriage fall apart in front of her. Michael has spent a life time building his flower shop business but it hasn't been good for the last few years and he has been juggling his debt owing money to different suppliers. When he loses a major account, it is the last straw and he loses his business. But he has a hard time admitting how bad it is to his wife and family and tries to should the load all by himself and instead has turned to drinking to forget about everything. All this comes to a head in their lives and they find themselves at Moreland's Place.
I finished this book with what I hope is a better understanding and more compassion for those with anxiety, depression and those suffering from mental health issues. One small thing I had with the story was, for myself, because the book dealt with several story lines, I sometimes got lost with who was who amongst the secondary characters.
I rated it a 8.5/10