How exciting is this? Carmel Harrington's blog tour for her stunning new novel The Life You Left.
I am truly honoured to have been invited personally from Carmel to be involved in this. She is a magnificent author and both her books Beyond Graces Rainbow and The Life You Left are honestly amazing.
Today I have a fab sneak peak into the book, and my review for you to read.
I really do hope you click the links to buy this book it is something everyone should read.
Blurb: 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: Sarah is the only person who can see him.
Ballyaislinn, Co. Wexford
Sarah, I’m not coming home tonight.
Don’t try to find me or call my office, I’m taking some time out to get my head sorted. If I don’t get away, I’m not sure what I’ll do.
If you love me, you will give me the space I need.
Tell the children I love them and I’ll be in touch when I can.
Sarah blinked back tears, confused and disorientated by the email she had just opened. She didn’t understand. Those meagre sentences made absolutely no sense to her and mocked her by their cruelty.
She struggled to let the words sink in but no matter how many times she re-read the email, she could not fathom what was happening. She quickly hit re-dial on her husband’s mobile, knowing that it was a futile exercise. Yes, damn it, still going to voicemail. She checked the time; it was getting close to 10pm. She hadn’t worried at first when Paul didn’t appear home for dinner. She figured that he had a late meeting and had forgotten to tell her about it. But by 8pm she was worried and started to call him. His phone kept repeating the same infuriating message.
She ran through the mornings events once again in her mind. Paul had gotten up for work at his usual time, showered and dressed himself, whilst she got the children ready for school. Mornings were always frantic in their house with Sarah making the children their breakfast and school lunches and then dressing them in their uniforms. At some point in the mayhem, Paul would leave for the office, with a quick goodbye kiss for them all if they were lucky.
She supposed he had been quiet this morning, she didn’t recall him saying one word to her really, but then again he rarely did these days. She felt scared once again. What had she missed? Their lives had become so frantic – Sarah with the three children and Paul with work, it often felt like they were ships that passed in the night.
A flash of guilt overwhelmed her, almost suffocating her. How could she have been so blind to her husband’s distress? Had they drifted so far apart that she, his wife, would not notice her husband falling apart at the seams? So bad that he was having a breakdown of such magnitude that he needed to stay away from his family. An image of Paul in a psych ward popped into her head and she reeled from it, as it evoked a memory so painful it pierced her heart. She quickly threw that image from her mind and went back to this morning. Had he seemed any different when he kissed them all goodbye? She tried to be objective but no matter how much analysis she gave to their humdrum movements, she couldn’t pinpoint anything that should have alerted her to this email.
Paul had been his usual slightly moody self but nothing new there. Her stomach started to flip again and she started to pace the living room floor, feeling that somehow or other she was to blame for all of this.
She pondered his request that she not try to find him, but decided that it was impossible to obey. She had to at least try to talk to him, so she began ringing likely candidates that he might have confided in.She started with the obvious, his mother Rita.
‘Sarah here. Is Paul with you?’
‘No, I haven’t seen Paul since last Sunday when you all came for lunch.’ Rita replied. ‘What’s wrong?’
Sarah wasn’t sure how to answer that. She glanced at the email again and quickly decided it wasn’t fair to worry Rita – yet.
‘He’s not home, that’s all.’ Sarah replied, trying hard to disguise her anguish. ‘Just a bit worried, as he’s not normally this late. I thought he might have popped into you on his way home. I’m sure he’ll walk in the door any minute.’
She could hear Rita sigh with relief in response. ‘Course he will love. Sure, Paul has always been a workaholic. He’s probably on his way home right now.’
Sarah doubted that. A feeling of foreboding overcame her and somehow or other she knew life was never going to be the same again.
About author Carrington:
With her husband Roger and two beautiful children Amelia and Nate, Carmel lives a pretty idyllic life in Ireland, full of stories, songs, hide and seek, Mickey Mouse, walks on the beach, tickles, kisses, chocolate treats and most of all abundant love. To make life even more perfect, she has now fulfilled a lifetime ambition to be a writer as is both a published author with HarperImpulse, a division of Harper Collins Publishers and a sometimes playwright. She believes in Happily Ever After’s because that’s what happened to her.
In her own words she is pretty much always on a diet, has hair that frizzes up in hot weather, in cold weather, ok lets face it, in pretty much any weather, she would love to sing on broadway, is considered quite funny by her friends, is a good friend, loves her family, is a Daddy’s girl, loves her dresses, has a wicked handbag collection, has a pretty decent eye for interior design, takes dozens of photos EVERY day of her children and can make a mean risotto.
I Think that pretty much sums her up!
You can get in touch with Carmel via the links below.
After falling in love with Harrington's debut novel Beyond Graces Rainbow, I have been on pins waiting for this to be released. I'm ever so lucky that Carmel sent over a copy for me to read straight away. I can honestly assure you from the bottom of my heart that I have never in all my years of reading come across an author as genuine in her writing as what she is. She has such a charming, easy flow to it that it takes you into the depth of the story wholeheartedly.
The Life You Left is a heartfelt and emotional book that follows mischievous humoured and heart of gold Sarah Lawler a part-time boutique shop worker as she comes to terms with the fact that her husband Paul has up and left leaving her nothing but a few email's and a hefty chunk missing from their bank account. Even with support from Paul's darling mum Rita and hunky PI twin brother James, she's struggling not just mentally, but physically and financially too. At this point in comes childhood friend and guardian angel Edward who has been missing from her life for over twenty years. His strength and guidance allows Sarah to become stronger, but what he has to say and the gift he brings with him might possibly crumble Sarah more than anything else could.
I have wanted a contemporary/chick lit book to cover spiritualism for a long time now and I was utterly thrilled to see this had a factor of that in it with Edward. In this day and age our minds are open to a lot more things out of the norm than what they used to be aren't they? I'm a very spiritual person so this book floored me completely. It's plot is thick and riveting. With a character and situation for every person to be able to connect with. It's humorous and addictive, but at the same time also incredibly sad. It is absolutely beautifully written though, and the smoothness and ease that The Life You Left reads is perfect for the plot. The only way I can describe it to you is like when you know you're stressed and you get into a hot bubble bath and you literally melt and feel your body de-stress? Well Carmel has managed to allow us to read emotional and somber situations with such grace and passion that you don't and can't twist it into something that it's not. This is exactly what a book like this needs. It's dark and it's heartbreaking, but it has a life that runs through these that makes you smile and enjoy it more. Yet again a life lesson has been given through her words and for me this not only proves what an amazing book this is, but what a discovery Carmel Harrington is to the literacy world.
I know I've not written much about the whole plot and characters of TLYL, but I don't want to give even one little bit away to you. You need to go in with nothing to appreciate how magical this book is. I promise you that you will enjoy it.
A heart felt tale of guardian angels, twin brothers, lies & a gift so huge that it's going to take years to open.