I have another book review for you guys today! I was kindly given an eARC of this by the author herself in advance of publication day on August 9th, and its available to preorder at the moment from Amazon, online bookstores and the author herself. There will be more information on the author below.
Rachel, saved from an attack twelve years before by a faceless stranger, never got to thank him, never knew his name.
Despite the devastation she chose to rise above it to help others from their pain by becoming a psychologist…. her only issue now is that she’s an expert at fixing everyone else’s problems, and blind to her own.
After a long relationship with her boyfriend Will starts to go south, she turns to her best friend Amelia for guidance.
Suddenly her world is turned upside down when tragedy strikes and she’s left with no one to comfort her but Will’s rude older brother Rauri.
Paralysed by fear, she struggles to take grip of her life, until the day when anonymous letters begin to appear form the stranger who saved her twelves years before.
Some information about the book
First of all, this book deals with the themes of sexual assault, assault and some stalking. So if those things trigger you just be warned.
Taryn says that the idea for this book came one afternoon when Alshandra Visagie visited her home and shared her harrowing account of being attacked in her home by a stranger.
The way that she told her story really affected Taryn, especially because while she had always known her story but hearing it in person really shocked her to her core. She knew then, that she had to share this story wiht the world.
Taryn decided that she would use this book to present the topic of a woman woman overcoming this horrendous attack.
The part that is applicable to the story is the description of the attack that Rachel experiences in chapter 15.
I really enjoyed this book, it was fast paced and action packed keeping me on the edge of my metaphorical chair. The story kept me guessing who the mysterious letter writer is, I was continuously theorising about who it might be and while my first guess was correct I was very suspicious of of every person that came into the story who new Rachel.
Learning the information about the fact that the story is partly true has really made the description of Rachel’s struggle resonated with me even more because I am a very sympathetic person.
The characters are well written and everyone had their flaws and their strengths. Rachel is strong but doesn’t let people let help her for example. Once again, I let myself get way too attached to these fictional characters and all of their relationships. So, when a character was betrayed I felt that and I was so angry.
In addition, Mr Lemon is amazing and sweet and I really want to meet him and be his friend so he can give me sound advice and give me lots of healthy food. I also want someone like the mysterious letter writer, minus the anonymity and slight stalking, because he cares for Rachel so much and loves her unconditionally.
Like, Under A Starry Sky this book is a perfect summer romance and is wonderful to read outside in the sunshine as you dive into the beautiful relationships set against the wonderful backdrop of South Africa.
Quick reminder that while all of the opinions are my own I was provided the eARC by the author herself.
About the author
Taryn Leigh is a South African author, who spent her childhood with her nose buried in books. Her love of reading transpired into her ambition to become an author.
Taryn Leigh’s first book, Perfect Imperfections, is available in Paperback, eBook and audiobook. She lives in Pretoria with her husband and son.
Connect with her on social media, she loves to hear form fans and is known to always respond.
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