The Life You Left - Carmel Harrington
Source: Advance Review Copy courtesy of author - Thank you!
‘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 strongshe 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.
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.