Jane Lovering’s How I Wonder What You Are was one of the first books I reviewed on this blog. I really enjoyed her writing style with a believable mix of characters, romance and a hint of magic. So I was really pleased to have a chance to read Jane’s new book ahead of publication. And this novel is something rather special.
The title of this book is very apt although seems at first a contradiction. Rather that not talking, many different forms of communication are used to tell the story. We hear the characters’ stories through conversations, emails, Facebook posts, blog posts and tweets. Winter is writing a book about what we can learn from what is said (and not said) on gravestone memorials. She has shut herself off from her London life and moved to a quiet Yorkshire village. We know she has broken up with her boyfriend Dan, who is also her editor. We don’t know what has happened but he has said awful things about her twin Daisy and made her choose between them. Winter feels that Daisy is the other half of herself and they communicate constantly. Handsome Alex has a trauma induced stutter and finds face-to-face communication hard, though expresses himself well in his emails. His niece Scarlet chatters constantly and seems wise for her years, though still a vulnerable girl in other ways. Then of course there is what isn’t said – just as important as what is. Why does Dan seem to have a different view to Winter’s of why they broke up and just what did he say about Daisy?
Well, by the time I had finished this book I felt like I had gone through all the emotions along with the characters. It is not at all a predictable read and has many twists. In fact, there was one point where I actually put my Kindle down in tears as I was taken by surprise by a very emotional moment and it’s not often that a book will move me to actual tears. As well as a romance, which you would expect to find in a ChocLit novel, there are some big issues explored in this book which are tackled very movingly. A beautifully told story, I couldn’t put it down.
Thank you to ChocLit for allowing me to read a copy via Netgalley. I Don’t Want to Talk About It is available as an ebook from Friday 31st July and you can pre-order your copy here: I Don’t Want To Talk About It.
What if the one person you wanted to talk to wouldn’t listen? Winter Gregory and her twin sister Daisy live oceans apart but they still have the ‘twin thing’ going on. Daisy is Winter’s port in the storm, the first person she calls when things go wrong. And things are wrong. Winter has travelled to a remote Yorkshire village to write her new book, and to escape her ex-boyfriend Dan Bekener. Dan never liked her reliance on Daisy and made her choose – but Winter’s twin will always be her first choice. She soon finds herself immersed in village life after meeting the troubled Hill family; horse-loving eight-year-old Scarlet and damaged, yet temptingly gorgeous, Alex. The distraction is welcome and, when Winter needs to talk, Daisy is always there. But Dan can’t stay away and remains intent on driving the sisters apart – because Dan knows something about Daisy…