Holly moved to Brighton to escape. But now she’s here, sitting on a bench, listening to the sea sway… what is she supposed to do next? How is she supposed to fill the void Sam left when he died? She had thought she’d want to be on her own. Wrecked. Stranded. But after she meets Frank, the tide begins to shift. Frank, a retired magician who has experienced his own loss but manages to be there for everyone else. Gradually, as he introduces Holly to a circle of new friends, young and old, all with their own stories of love and grief to share, she begins to learn to live again.
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I’ll have to admit that this is one review that I’m going to find really hard to write, there are so many emotions floating round in my head after reading Let Me Be Like Water that I can’t seem to form the words and write them down.
Anyway here goes. I was actually a bit apprehensive when I started this book, heavily pregnant and an emotional wreck I just wasn’t sure if I was in the right frame of mind to be able to enjoy the story but I really needn’t have worried because as soon as I started reading Holly’s story I was hooked.
Holly has left London and escaped to Brighton after the death of her boyfriend, she’s living day by day as grief takes hold and is basically in a bit of mess, understandable though. She meets retired magician Frank, a seventy year old gentleman that befriends her and introduces her to the members of his book club who all have a different story of love and loss.
Let Me Be Like Water had me captivated from the very first page. The author has done a fantastic job of slowly giving the reader the information needed but also leaving enough out for the reader to form their own opinions. It really had me turning the pages wanting to know more. The characters felt realistic and I could really feel Holly’s grief and as for Frank, well I really had a soft spot for him.
I’m really pleased I read this book, it was a [pleasure to read and I ended up reading it in one sitting. Let Me Be Like Water is a fantastic debut by S.K. Perry and one I will definitely be recommending.
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