Is love stronger than grief?
After the death of her Aunt Jetty, the woman who raised her, Matilda White packs a single suitcase, leaving behind her home, her small town in Kansas, and the man she’s supposed to marry.
Henry Craig is a writer—if only he could find the right words. While sitting at a worn table in a Detroit library he sees a new librarian, Matidla, and suddenly the world erupts with words.
Six years later, Matilda and Henry load their young daughter Lucy, two antique typewriters, and a box of Henry’s love letters into the car and head off to a new life. But one snowstorm and a slippery road take it all away. In that black moment of tragedy Matilda turns to Henry and says, “I wish I’d never met you.”
The world goes dark.
Matilda wakes up in Jetty’s dilapidated house with no memory of the last six years. Beside her on the bed, a book and an antique typewriter.
Henry wakes up in his familiar spot in the library, a book and old typewriter squatting on the table beside him. He can’t remember the last six years.
Can words on a typed page, sent from one typewriter to another, push aside tar-thick pain and resurrect love?
This story had an interesting concept and grappled with the question, is love stronger than grief? The synopsis on the back tells you pretty much what you need to know as you go into this book. I like that the author focused more on the couple’s relationship, not the horrible loss so much, and really showed what a loss their marriage would be in and of itself. I have very strong opinions of marriage and I believe marriage vows should not be taken lightly. So I liked that we saw what a loss of the marriage would look like, something that had been nurtured for six years to suddenly disappear.
Loss and grief stink. Grief has its purpose but should never be the death of something else. There is a little mystery of what has happened to this couple, I wouldn’t call it magic but it is something unexplainable. There is an appearance of a ghost. Not my thing but that is not a main focus and already I knew this story had a hint of ‘fantasy’. It put me more in the mind of my favorite Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, only the story is told two-fold by the husband and wife.
The power of our words was another lesson shown quite well. I am also a big believer that we should be careful with what we say since our words can have such an impact on ourselves and others. And maybe that is where the ‘magical’ feel of the situation comes into play.
All in all I liked this read. I was rooting for this couple throughout and couldn’t wait for them to be restored. Another way I would describe it would be a contemporary fairy tale.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
About the Author:
Teri Harman has believed in all things wondrous and haunting since her childhood days of sitting in the highest tree branches reading Roald Dahl and running in the rain imagining stories of danger and romance. She’s the author of three previous books: Blood Moon, Black Moon, and Storm Moon. She also writes about books for ksl.com, and contributed regular book segments to “Studio 5 with Brooke Walker,” Utah’s number one lifestyle show. She lives in Utah with her husband and three children. Visit her at teriharman.com.
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