Friday, 10 February 2017

Review: From the Ground Up by Jennifer Van Wyk

*****5 Stars*****

I am pleasantly surprised to learn that this is the debut book for this author as it is a lovey piece of writing and shows great promise of what we can expect from Jennifer Van Wyk in the future. This book is the one people always ask for the one about the regular people living lives we can identify with juggling jobs, careers, kids, you know the list of a married couples lives, and yet the author brings a bunch of emotions to the story of a couple searching to find THEM again in the middle of it all. Its funny how you can read a book that mirrors exactly what you are experiencing in life perfectly and as such I cried maybe more than I should when reading it at times. 

Tess and Barrett are high school sweethearts that married and started a family young and as their four children and careers make demands on them they realise they have let things slide. So we find them both completely on the same wavelength as each other in wanting to get back to how they were but life always wins over. With the help of friends they set out to reconnect away from the stresses of life but nothing is that simple and they realise that they still have work to do to rediscover each other. The connection and humour between the main characters is so real that you share the emotions with them and as such are a joy to read.

This is a lovely read and different in that it isn’t about falling in love but fighting for the love you already have. It is beautifully written with lovely characters that will resonate with the majority of readers. 

My only issue with this book is I would say that at time the “stage directions” were a little excessive but after learning it is a debut book then I am more prone to overlook them.

This is one that I highly recommend you read and I am already looking forward to more from the author.

He can't remember the last time he had his wife to himself...

She can't remember the last time she felt wanted... 

Life hasn't slowed down since Tess and Barrett married over twenty years ago. After carting kids around, making dinner, enduring the stress of jobs, bills, life-it's no wonder neither of them can remember the last time they had sex. 

Or the last time they weren't too tired to at least try. 

Date night no longer consists of wooing, but going to the same restaurant and ordering the same food, then repeating the process. 

The magic-is gone. 

Life refuses to give them what they need-time alone together, so they take matters into their own hands. After all, a week away in a remote Michigan cabin is just what they need to light the fire in their relationship again. 

The only problem? How do you fall back in love with each other when you never fell out in the first place? How do you re-build, from the ground up? 

No comments:

Post a Comment