#review Come This Way

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Author : Michelle Schlicher

Publisher : Michelle Schlicher

Publication date : 20 Oct, 2016

Book length : 255 pages

Language : English

Genre : Fiction

Synopsis :

A hiking and outdoor enthusiast, fifty-year-old Fern Conrad can’t imagine spending her time doing anything else, much to the dismay of her daughter, Colby.

Kara Dawson, a twenty-five-year-old student therapist, has shut life out to focus on her sister’s illness. That is, until a chance meeting pushes her to confront the possibilities – by letting go and moving forward.

Eighty-three-year-old Nettie Campbell heals in the hospital while facing the consequences of her actions. Can she repair relationships and forge new bonds as she comes to terms with the truth?

Come This Way is an emotional, honest look into the lives of women who are discovering their own strength. It is a story about difficult choices and the people around us who help us find our way.

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Rating : 4 / 5

Review :

(Spoiler alert *though it’s not that much)

This book has given me lots to think about. A free river of raw emotions flows through it. To be very truthful though I had not absolutely disliked the synopsis of the book, I didn’t really like it. I thought the book is going to turn out to be a free advising medium and a feminism advertisement. i myself am not very clear about this particular concept because all I do everyday is go to college, return home, study, do something productive and then have a not-so-fulfilling sleep. I would really like to known about this concept more but through someone’s mouth, not through a book. However, all my worries were false. It did not present itself as any of the two I had feared it would turn out to be.

The book narrate 3 different stories of 3 different people and the people around them.

  • Fern and her daughter Colby
  • Kara
  • Nettie

First, about Fern, she is fifty-year-old. She loves hiking and finds peace and excitement in doing that. She is a divorcee with her husband having moved on in his life, married a girl named Chelsea. However, she has never stopped loving her and still unsure of where it all went so much wrong that their love wore off and divorce came in. Their daughter Colby, claims of not being much outdoor enthusiastic as her mother. Even though her parents have divorced and she is planning to move out to New York with her boyfriend, she loves her mother too much to go away without spending a proper day with her. So she plans of going on a small hike with he mother where they would sort it all out and they can have some mother-daughter time. However< the plans goes wrong with Fern having not taken a map with her leading to them getting lost deep into the forest. How will they find their way out? Will they be able to survive?

Next comes Kara who though is physically twenty-year-old, the illness of her twin sister, her other half, Kate has made her look and feel much older. She has forgotten how to enjoy life, how to spend time with herself, the thought holding absolute importance is that of her sister. Kate has always been a free spirited girl, she loves socializing and knowing new people, she is adventurous and full of life. To see such a person down on bed while she herself is well & good is what Kara couldn’t agree with. Her life has stopped somewhere with her learning about the fact the Kate is going to die sooner or later. BUT, suddenly her quiet life stumbles upon Erik Ford and she finds herself rapidly getting soaked into the stream of romance. No sooner had she started feeling a bit normal than Kate is moved out from the hospital into their home sweet home which is a clear sign of her reaching the end of it and never family’s for the last few days or months.Kara doesn’t know what to do and what not to. She has never thought of living along, without Kate by her side. Will she be able to overcome this pain? Will she learn to live her own life?

Last but not the least comes Nettie, eighty-year-old lady who is healing in the hospital while facing the consequences of her actions. She loves her only son Nat with all her heart. She still feels pain of the fact that her beloved with not with her anymore. She recalls all those days they had spent together, the never ending love they had for each other, the care her love had for her. Now, while staying there lying all day in bed she slowly understands what a terrible mistake she had done, how she had almost given up on life. Now having realized her mistake, will she turn around? Will she give a meaning to her life from now on?

How this three completely different stories come all together as the end of the book slowly approaches is something that a reader has to find out himself/herself. It’s an experience that cannot be jotted down just in words, it needs the feels.

I learnt many things from the book. First thing I have learnt is to never just to merely lead a life because you are still alive, make it worth living at every moment. Never give up on yourself when someone dear and near you goes away or passes away. If he/she was so dear to you, they won’t ever want to see you in such a mess. One ting I personally took in was to never make yourself feel down. I am among those kind of people who love to feel pain flowing through their veins, hurting every time, passing into the body in the form of a jet of raw emotions, making me believe – yes, I’m alive. But that cannot be the only possible way to feel alive. All you have to do is live in the moment, not leaving any space for regret, like, what if I had not given up? What if I had just tried a little more? What if, I had done that then and not thought all these now?

THAT’S MY POINT, and the book’s as well to some extent, LEARN TO LIVE THE LIFE AND NOT JUST SURVIVE. LEARN TO FEEL ALIVE THROUGH ENJOYMENT AND NOT THROUGH PAIN. Because when it comes to tears, remember, while people pour down tears in pain, there exists something known as “the tears of joy”.

However, I found the ending a little dissatisfying. Somewhere I felt the absence of something. Which, being unknown to me, cannot be discuss about. The story having created such a beautiful impact on me , I would rather not take much notice to this till dissatisfaction.

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