16 November, 2015

Come away with me by Karma Brown

This book is about grief, love, loss and acceptance.

Tegan and her husband Gabe are expecting their first baby when a car accident changes everything. Their much-wanted baby is lost and Tegan is overcome by grief. She blames Gabe for the accident and withdraws from her family and friends.

When Gabe suggests that they pull some suggestions out of their Jar of spontaneity travel wish list, Tegan reluctantly goes along with his idea. He reasons that she needs to get back into life and a change of scenery could be the first step to healing.

Thailand, Italy, and Hawaii end up as the places to visit and the journey begins.

Parts of this story are told in the present, and other parts in the past - the 'before'. This technique is very effective in explaining the strong and loving relationship Gabe and Tegan have, and describing events before the accident.

The chapters set in the present tell of the time after the tragedy and the overseas experiences. You can see the progress Tegan makes as she moves on through her journey.

This is quite an emotional story, but there is always an undercurrent of hope to prevent the story from becoming too sad. You feel for Tegan, and Gabe too, as they cope with their loss in different ways. An unexpected direction in the tale gives you insight into the different ways people cope with grief.

Cover notes suggest that fans of Eat, pray, love will 'flock to this novel', but I found there was much more substance to this book and the only similarities were that the main character travels to three exotic locations.

Title: Come away with me
Author: Karma Brown

Reviewed by Kathy N, Collections Development

Kathy N can’t go to sleep unless she has read a bit before turning the light off. As well as most fiction, she enjoys craft and lifestyle books to get project ideas for her rural home. She spends most of her working day buying books for Auckland Libraries.

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