The Life You Left

Title: The Life You Left
Author: Carmel Harrington
Published: June 19th 2014 by HarperCollins
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Blurb: Sarah, I’m not coming home tonight.If you love me, you will give me the space I need…
Tell the children I love them.

It started out like any other day for Sarah Lawler; getting the kids ready for school, making the pack lunches and juggling baby Ella’s feeds.

There was no way of knowing that her husband, Paul, would leave for work that morning and simply not come home.

Now the questions are piling up quicker than the unpaid bills and, unable to answer her children’s questions about where their Daddy is, Sarah is getting desperate.

But it turns out she isn’t quite as alone as she thought she was. When her beloved childhood friend, Edward, comes back into her life, Sarah thinks she’s finally been thrown a life line.

There’s just one problem with Edward: no one else can see him.

Edward is an angel. And he has a message for Sarah that will change her life and the lives of others forever. For it is only in the most difficult of times that Sarah can discover how strong
she truly is.

Set in a small coastal village on the beautiful Irish coast, The Life You Left is a story of redemption and the strength of love.

*I recieved this book from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Review: Early this year I read Carmel's debut novel, Beyond Grace's Rainbow, and I loved it. So I was very excited when I was approved on Netgalley for her second book, The Life You Left. I started it with great expectations but it took me a while to get into the story of Sarah. 

Sarah has been abandoned by her husband and is struggling both emotionally and financially with her three kids. And to top it all, she is seeing her guardian angel again, something she cannot tell her loved ones in fear that they might think she is crazy. The plot is very unique and I enjoyed the mistery surrounding Sarah's dreams and visions. Plus, I really liked James, Sarah's twin brother, and how he worked closely with Sarah to try to solve the misteries.

As I said though, it took me a while to get into the story because there were some things that weren't adding up to me. I think that I found it hard to believe that everyone was either extremely nice, like Sarah's kids or the postman, or extremely rude, like Paul's new friend. But all in all, I enjoyed the book and was very intrigued by it. It surprised me by the end and had a couple of great evening reading it. I'll be sure to keep an eye on Carmel's future books because she has a special way with words. 


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