Book Review: The Life You Left by Carmel Harrington

July 7, 2014 Book review 3 ★★★★½

This book left me feeling a little bit sad and a little bit lost at the end of it. Not because it was bad. Just the opposite! It was so enjoyable that I wasn’t ready for it to be over. I loved the characters and hated saying farewell to them.

Book Review: The Life You Left by Carmel HarringtonThe Life You Left by Carmel Harrington
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on 2014-06-19
Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance, Romance, Womens Fiction
Pages: 328
Source: Purchased
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Sarah, I’m not coming home tonight.
If you love me, you will give me the space I need…
Tell the children I love them.

It started out like any other day for Sarah Lawler; getting the kids ready for school, making the pack lunches and juggling baby Ella’s feeds.

There was no way of knowing that her husband, Paul, would leave for work that morning and simply not come home.

Now the questions are piling up quicker than the unpaid bills and, unable to answer her children’s questions about where their Daddy is, Sarah is getting desperate.

But it turns out she isn’t quite as alone as she thought she was. When her beloved childhood friend, Edward, comes back into her life, Sarah thinks she’s finally been thrown a life line.

There’s just one problem with Edward: no one else can see him.

Edward is an angel. And he has a message for Sarah that will change her life and the lives of others forever. For it is only in the most difficult of times that Sarah can discover how strong
she truly is.

Set in a small coastal village on the beautiful Irish coast, The Life You Left is a story of redemption and the strength of love.

First Life of The Life We Left:

“Sarah, I’m not coming home tonight.”

My thoughts on The Life We Left:

I had high expectations of this book as I loved Carmel’s last book – Beyond Grace’s Rainbow – and along with those high hopes, I also had some fear. What if it just wasn’t as good. I swallowed the fears, jumped straight in a few days after the release day and by the end of chapter one those fears were firmly laid to rest. I loved it.

The Life We Left has so much to offer. You have characters that are relatable and that you just want to be friends with, an Irish setting which I adore as it makes it all feel real to me, a storyline that is relevant and uplifting. As I was reading, I laughed and cried and frowned and believed.

Do you know what I mean when I say I believed? I mean that I was swept away into the world that I was reading about. I wasn’t just reading about Sarah, I was Sarah. I was so into the book that I tuned out everything around me and was swept along in all that was happening in Sarah’s life. I felt the love for her children, her heartbreak over her missing husband, her fury when she realised what was happening and her peacefulness when her friend Edward was nearby.

It’s also not just a contemporary book as there is a whimsical element to it. Her friend Edward is her guardian angel and I was a little afraid this would make the book twee. But it didn’t at all. It feels inspiring and hopeful and it added an extra special magical flavour to the book that I really enjoyed. And speaking of flavours, there is so many descriptions of mouth watering cupcakes in the books that I’m still craving one. Oh and there is a romance that is a little mouth watering too!

ll be revisiting it in the future.   So, if you are looking for an escapist read; grab this book, a packet of tissues, a glass of wine and some cupcakes. Switch off, relax and enjoy!


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: five-stars

Who should read The Life We Left by Carmel Harrington?

I’d highly recommend this to those who enjoy contemporary women’s fiction that feature lovable characters, strong friendships, family life and a side order of whimsy! If you like Cecilia Ahearn, Patricia Scanlan or Cathy Kelly; then this one is a must read for you.


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