Jan 29, 11
Read from May 24, 2010 to January 29, 2011
This is a spectacular book which has to be one of my all time favourites - and it is a debut! The style is enrapturing as Sackville guides you around four main lives and shows you how physical separation can be as destructive as mental separation. Julia is trying to archive her great great grandfather's items whilst discovering herself only to find her heroine ancestor is not quite who she thinks and neither is she. During this we find Emily Mackley, a wife with a missing husband, who dutifully waits for him and has to cope as someone separate from her family in law. Meanwhile Edward Mackley travels the expanse of the Arctic, searching for one thing but aching to come home for another. Finally, Simon, Julia's husband finds that choices aren't easily made and searches for the answer on how he can bring himself closer to his wife. These stories are beautifully written and become entwined within another showing two separate tales of love with subtle differences. An incredibly poignant, powerful and beautifully written book will capture your heart in more ways than one, proving that in one day, that emotions have no boundaries and life is never perfect.