Tuesday, June 2, 2015

It's You by Jane Porter Review


In the wake of a tragedy that tore her life down to the foundations, Dr. Alison McAdams has lost her way. So when she’s summoned to Napa to care for her ailing father, she’s not sure she has anything to offer him—or anyone else.

What Ali finds in Northern California wine country is a gift—an opportunity to rest, and distance from her painful memories. Most unexpectedly, she finds people who aren’t afraid of her grief or desperate for her to hurry up and move on.

As Ali becomes part of her father’s community, makes new friends of her own, and hears the stories of a generation who survived the Second World War, she begins to find hope again. In a quest to discover the truth about another woman’s lost love, she sets off on a journey across oceans and deep into history. And in making sense of that long-ago tragedy, Ali is able to put together the broken pieces of her heart and make new choices that are right for her.

My Review:

An intriguing story of love, loss and learning to find the strength to move forward.

Dr. Alison McAdams has no idea going to Napa to help her ailing father will bring several new friendships that will change her life.  One new friend is a cantankerous elderly lady at the retirement home where her father resides.  They bond as neither has expected.  

Edie Stephens’ story spans decades where Ali’s is more recent.  Ali lost her fiancé just weeks before their wedding when he decided to take his own life.  As Edie’s story is told, I found myself drawn deeper and deeper into her history and can feel her emotions just by the words on the pages.  She tells of her first love, Franz, and how their life was during the Second World War.

From Arizona, to California’s wine country, to Berlin, this story keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end.  It is a very emotional but very well written story that you won’t want to miss.