People We Love by Jenny Harper

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Book Description:

Her life is on hold – until an unlikely visitor climbs in through the kitchen window.

A year after her brother’s fatal accident, Lexie’s life seems to have reached a dead end. She is back home in small-town Hailesbank with her shell-shocked parents, treading softly around their fragile emotions.

As the family business drifts into decline, Lexie’s passion for painting and for her one-time mentor Patrick have been buried as deep as her unexpressed grief, until the day her lunch is interrupted by a strange visitor in a bobble hat, dressing gown and bedroom slippers, who climbs through the window.

Elderly Edith’s batty appearance conceals a secret and starts Lexie on a journey that gives her an inspirational artistic idea and rekindles her appetite for life. With friends in support and ex-lover Cameron seemingly ready to settle down, do love and laughter beckon after all?

My Thoughts:

It did take me a while to settle into this story, not entirely sure why. Each chapter starts off with a shoe donation with a little bit of history about the owner of the shoe. Not being a shoe lover it did take me a while to also appreciate the actual meaning of these brief posts and have to say by the end it did get me rather emotional.

Lexi is an artist trying to get on with her life after the loss of her much loved brother. I think with anyone who dies at a relatively young age, it’s hard for the people left behind in making sense of it. I had every empathy for Lexi and her family. It has also affected her creative side somewhat and she is trying to get back into that zone again.

There are quite a few things going on in the story with quite a lot of characters. You have the element of romance as well as friendship. It was a pleasant mixture to read about. Patrick I wasn’t to sure of to begin with but by the end he definitely had grown on me.

People We love is a gentle and engaging read that is quite emotional in parts. I definitely think it will make you appreciate your loved ones that little bit more after reading this. A decent and solid read.

People We Love is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

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