Book Review: The Secret Art of Forgiveness by Louisa George.


Release Date: 1st September 2016.
Publisher: HQ Digital UK
Twitter: @Louisa_George

Book Hangover alert!! I can't even right now, I just want to re-read the last page of this incredibly touching and heartwarming story by Louisa George over and over again. Forgive me for starting with the end of the book but seriously, I practically sobbed into my coffee! So much emotion was felt in the last few sentences, I can't even begin to describe it.
Let's start with the story though shall we? And lead into how we get to that heart wrenching last page. Emily Forrester is doing great in the Big Apple, she has an amazing job, lovely friends, a perfect boyfriend and her life is exactly the way she wanted it to be. She's exactly the way she wanted to be. After making another successful deal for her advertising company and being asked the most important question of her life from her boyfriend, Emily should feel great right? So why does she feel a little uneasy and on edge? Surely she can accept that life is just being nice for once and handing her some decent cards for a change. Only Emily knows that, that doesn't happen. So when she gets a call from her stepsister, telling her she needs to come back home to England, because her Stepfather isn't well, it's just the kind of news she was expecting to hear, even if it wasn't what she wanted to hear. Going back to England is definitely not on Emily's life map right now, especially not to see the Stepfather who didn't want her and caused years of rebellion that Emily isn't proud of. But family is family and maybe a little time away from New York will help settle the uneasiness in the pit of her stomach!

Where do I begin?! This book was written so beautifully, with so much love that I felt every bit of the emotion towards home and how Emily felt about her life. It was so perfect for me to read right now, another great example of books finding you when you need them most. I was shocked at how well Louisa George managed to get on paper, the feelings of wanting to live life and enjoy it but also being torn between doing what you have to do, which may mean putting your dreams on hold, for those you love. The whole way through the story, Emily juggles with doing things for others and working hard, but also wanting to be that little bit selfish as she has a life, friends and a job back in New York. This touched home with me as I miss my family in England so much every day but also enjoy the independence of life in America at the moment too. I liked that Emily was a good person, it wasn't like she complained about being at home and doing what was asked of her, she got on with everything in a happy, positive way, she just had her own real problems to think about in the Big Apple too. She put her all into everything that she was in England to do.The roller coaster ride of seeing her rekindle old friendships and be able to put some closure on her past was entertaining from start to finish.

The relationships between Emily and her sisters, boyfriend, stepfather and friends are all very real and heartfelt that you truly feel like you are a part of Little Duxbury. Then at the end her discovery of knowing all of a sudden how it feels to put family first not because you have to but because you want to was utterly heartwarming and had me tearing up. There was so much rawness and emotion, it took my breath away.

I am so so happy that I downloaded a copy of 'The Secret Art of Forgiveness,' it was one of those, 'I just liked the sound of it' moments that turned into a book I feel I was meant to read.

Pick up a copy today!

Happy Reading!
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