Today I am delighted to be on the blog tour for All The Colours In Between by the lovely Eva Jordan. Before you scroll down to the book and my review, I just wanted to share something that happened a few days after reading it. Once you’ve read the book itself you will realise for yourself how wonderful it is and why it brought back my relationship with my own Grandad very much to life. A few days after reading the book, my husband was having a clear out in the garage and came across a wooden box which I kept all my pen pal letters in, I haven’t written a letter to a pen friend for an awful lot of years and had totally forgotten about it. My family has always been wide spread and sadly we didn’t live near my Grand parents so didn’t get to see them anywhere near as often as I would have liked. In my teens, my Grandad and I used to write to each other. He loved gardening and I used to cut images of lawn mowers or flower pots and used to send them to him. I have to admit it was quite emotional discovering the letters as he has sadly not been around for the last seventeen years and I miss him a lot. I haven’t felt emotionally able to read them yet, but I will. I’m a big believer in fate and I know it was my Grandad’s way of letting me know that he is still around in his own way. Anyway sorry for rambling but just wanted to share it with you.
Eva Jordan’s much-anticipated follow up to the bestselling ‘183 Times a Year’.
It’s not a life, it’s an adventure!
Lizzie is fast approaching 50. Her once angst ridden teenage daughters, now grown and in their twenties, have flown the nest, Cassie to London and Maisy to Australia. And, although Connor, Lizzie’s sulky, surly teenage son,is now on his own tormented passage to adulthood, his quest to get there, for the most part, is a far quieter journey than that of his sisters. The hard years, Lizzie believes, are behind her.
Embracing her new career as a writer; divorce, money worries and the constant battle to weather the stormy complexities of the blended family, are all but a distant memory. It’s time for Lizzie to focus on herself for a change. Stepdaughter Maisy is embracing life down under and daughter Cassie is working for a famous record producer in London. Lizzie’s only concern, albeit a mild one, is for the arrested development of her Facebook-Tweeting, Snapchatting, music and mobile phone obsessed, teenage son. With communication skills, more akin to an intermittent series of unintelligible grunts, conversation is futile. However, Lizzie is not particularly perturbed. With deadlines to meet and book tours to attend, Lizzie has other distractions to concentrate on. But all in all, life is good. Life is very good.
Only, things are never quite as black and white as they seem…
A visit to her daughter in London leaves Lizzie troubled. Cassie is still the same incessant chattering Queen of malaprops and spoonerisms she ever was, however something is clouding her normally cheery disposition. Not to mention her extreme weight loss. And that is just the start. Add to that an unexpected visitor, a disturbing phone call, a son acting suspiciously, a run in with her ex husband and a new man in her life who quite simply takes her breath away; Lizzie quickly realises life is something that happens while plans are being made.
Gritty but tender, thought provoking but light-hearted, dark but brilliantly funny, this is a story of contemporary family life in all its 21st century glory. A story of mothers and sons, of fathers and daughters, of brothers and sisters, and friends. A tale of love and loss, of friendships and betrayals and a tale of coming of age and end of life. Nobody said it would be easy and as Lizzie knows only too well, life is never straightforward when you see all the colours in between.
All The Colours In Between is the follow up to the fabulous 183 Times A Year, so I strongly recommend reading the books in order to get full enjoyment from these great books.
I absolutely loved the mother daughter relationship between Lizzie and Cassie in the first book and I couldn’t wait to catch up with them again. Even though the story mainly flicks between these two characters still, this time we also get to see things from Connor, the sons, point of view.
Things have moved on a bit since we were last with the family and as I have come to expect from this author, there was plenty of drama to keep me hooked throughout. It’s a bit like sitting down to your favourite soap opera as the author really focuses on all aspects of family life whilst keeping it all very real.
There really is so much I could write about this book and even then I don’t think I could do it justice. It feels like the author has opened up her heart and soul whilst allowing the reader to be one with the story. There was one part in particular that was so close to home for me that I had tears pouring down my face. As much as I tried to carry on, I just couldn’t see through the vast amount of tears and had to go back to it the next day. I was so overwhelmed by the emotions that I was feeling which truly has to be the sign of a great writer when their words touch you so deeply.
An emotive and beautifully written story of family life. One of the most powerful books I’ve read this year.
My thanks to the author and Urbane Publications for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
All The Colours In Between is available to purchase from Amazon.