Ellen in Pieces By Caroline Adderson (198)

thoroughly enjoying my sojourn into authors from Vancouver. They are truly talented, and they have a unique of writing that really captures my imagination and resonates with me.

So, after reading a lot of Molly Peacock’s books, I now decided to delve into another wonderful author from Vancouver. She is also gifted in telling a story, one that really resonates with any middle-aged woman, or even the younger reader.

This is a witty, compelling, and genre-bending novel about a single mother who navigates love, lusts, and losses of middle age to arrive at a final, bittersweet contentment.

Ellen McGinty is a woman that we can all relate to. She is sexy, impulsive, loud-mouthed, and chock full of regrets.

In middle age, she sells the house she raised her daughters in, slips off the shell of her old life, and steps out for a first, tentative foray into real fulfillment. She meets a man who is twenty years younger than her. If that sounds intriguing, especially if you are over 40, it is!

The story then explodes into multiple points of view. The story is told through the eyes of her lover, Matt, her ex-husband, Larry, her two daughters, her grandson, and her friends. The reader will watch Ellen negotiate her life as the pieces of who she is really come together.

This book explores love in its many varied forms, the nature of regret and that greatest human test, mortality.

This story is exquisitely written. It is also absorbing and intelligent. This story is an emotional mirror for all of our lives. I loved the story and am planning to buy this book for my collection of many hundreds of books at home.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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