If you have happened to read some of Alessandra Torre’s works, well… forget them. This is entirely different and will leave an indelible scar on your soul. Reading the final pages of this book in public was one of the most terrible ideas I had in life.
Said this, it’s the jaw-dropping, heartbreaking story of Helena Ross, an apparently unpleasant and cold bestselling writer who, being left by cancer with only a few weeks to live, decides to put her pride aside and hire her archenemy to ghostwrite her last book, the darkest secret of her life. Major warning: Don’t expect a happy ending, no miracles happen here, just some painful form of relief.
This book is told through a past and present story-lines with various character’s POV’s. It’s, oh, SO well written, with a gripping story-line that sucks you in and won’t let go. As the reader learns more and more about Helena and her Ghostwriter, both characters grow on the reader and each other. Mind you, this is not a romance! I especially enjoyed how the book progresses the tension and suspense mounts. This is not a typical page turner, but it will suck you in and you will want to keep reading to learn why it was so important for Helena to write this book! There are not a lot of characters in this book and there doesn’t need to be. I loved the character development and how this aided in the impact of the twist in this book. Needless to say that Torre’s spectacular writing makes it a whole worse (in a good way, of course).
Now, I’m sitting here, waiting for the movie adaptation because I absolutely need Jeffrey Dean Morgan in it (and, come on, even Torre herself supports my choice!).
I’ll be honest. I really wanted to write a review that wasn’t biased, but as a lifelong Julianna Margulies fan, I gave up before I even started. If you’re going to read this book just to get tidbits and backstories of her TV appearances or celebrity friendships (ahem…hello George Clooney), I’m telling you, you’re in the wrong place.
Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life is about her life, starting from her eccentric and somewhat chaotic childhood traveling the world with a dysfunctional family, to the experiences and choices throughout her life that have made her the extraordinary woman she is today. Having come to the end, all I can say is that I love her even more than before.
The book includes several photographs, some surely already known to most fans, others instead are beautiful testimonies of private life. If you want to read a memoir, this one will not disappoint you at all.
How can you write about the world of time travel and still make it unique?
Before The Coffee Gets Cold manages to pull off the miracle of combining sentimentality and magic in a web of stories and characters that you can’t help but root for.
What if you could travel back to the past or take a peek into the future? But with the knowledge that you can’t change the present, no matter what?
That’s the question the quirky characters in this short novel ask themselves, and that’s the question we ask ourselves by the end of the book.
The time to drink a coffee, so much time is given to face our regrets or reassure ourselves of a choice. And a series of conditions that, if not met, will make the unwary digressors slip into perpetual oblivion.
But if we can change neither the past nor the future, what is the point of taking such risks? Is everything really immutable?
Read in one sitting, Before The Coffee Gets Cold brought me to tears on several occasions. Kawaguchi’s writing is of a simplicity that, were it not for the originality of the story, would be almost trite. And that is perhaps what made this book so enjoyable to me.
That was a lovely surprise to wake up to 😵. Over 100 copies gone in 48 hours, it’s a first and probably won’t ever happen again so I’ll just bask for a little longer in the temporary glow of my tiny success.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to download it. You might still have a few hours to go to join the party.
If you end up loving it, don’t forget to leave a review, this is more important than you can imagine. And if you hate it, let’s just pretend our paths have never crossed 😬👋🏻
It’s been a while since I last promoted my novel, so here I am. It’s FREE on Amazon today so don’t miss the chance to get it and, equally important, please share the love with any fellow reader enjoying contemporary romance!
As I move forward with the novel, I thought it was time to give it a cover worthy of its name. Hello hello, here it is and I adore it! In the next few hours, I will also post the next installment so hold on to your couches and reading sofas! Comments of appreciation are welcome lol