Retrograde Amnesia a very difficult topic to write on, and to write it with sensitivity in a fictional tale, takes an amazing balance to make it both poignant and entertaining.
My first book by Vanessa Carnevale, and man, if this is the way she writes all her books, I am her forever fan. Gracie and her fiancé Blake are in a car accident where Gracie wakes up with total amnesia and does not even remember her mother, let alone her friends, fiancé, and workmates. Life becomes difficult for her, it is like seeing a child learn how to do things.
I loved the way the author has shown with a deep compassion, the helplessness, the confusion, the frustration and the anger at not remembering the simplest of things like how to cook eggs. Gracie then leaves the life she used to lead, her friends, work, fiancé and goes to the flower farm left to her by her mother, to relearn to discover herself and to accept a life which is now available to her, far away from what she used to live.
Vanessa’s story brings to the forefront the basic truth I had always believed in It takes a second for life to change. Gracie’s story made me feel the emotions that she goes through at every step of recovery, and that is the beauty of Vanessa’s writing.
I am a sucker for a book rich in emotions, and Vanessa is an awesome writer who put me through my paces, my heart wrenched at Gracie’s plight, my lips smiled when she did, and I soared with joy when she was happy. A total awesome read.
P.S I liked learning about flowers too, though I don’t have a green thumb.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Avon Books UK, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 4.5 stars
About the Author
Vanessa Carnevale is a freelance writer based in Melbourne, Australia, who has contributed to The Green Parent, The Huffington Post, Muse, and Italy magazine, among others. Her debut novel, The Florentine Bridge, was published by HQ in Australia earlier this year. She was a finalist in the Best New Author category for the AusRom Today Readers Choice Awards 2017.
When Gracie Ashcroft wakes after a crash with severe amnesia, she must choose whether to live a life through other people’s memories or to start a new life all her own.
Discovering her late mother left her an old flower farm, Gracie leaves her fiancé, best friend and the home full of forgotten memories behind, hoping to learn who she is now.
Torn between wishing she could remember and afraid of losing what she now has, Gracie starts to wonder: if you had your time over, would you live the same life twice?
Publication date : 1st March, 2018
Publisher : Avon Books
Language : English
Available on Amazon
A poignant sensitive read