Eva Jordan’s much-anticipated follow up to the bestselling 183 Times a Year It’s not a life, it’s an adventure!
Lizzie is fast approaching 50. Her once angst ridden teenage daughters, now grown and in their twenties, have flown the nest, Cassie to London and Maisy to Australia. And, although Connor, Lizzie’s sulky, surly teenage son,is now on his own tormented passage to adulthood, his quest to get there, for the most part, is a far quieter journey than that of his sisters. The hard years, Lizzie believes, are behind her.
Embracing her new career as a writer; divorce, money worries and the constant battle to weather the stormy complexities of the blended family, are all but a distant memory. It’s time for Lizzie to focus on herself for a change. Stepdaughter Maisy is embracing life down under and daughter Cassie is working for a famous record producer in London. Lizzie’s only concern, albeit a mild one, is for the arrested development of her Facebook-Tweeting, Snapchatting, music and mobile phone obsessed, teenage son. With communication skills, more akin to an intermittent series of unintelligible grunts, conversation is futile. However, Lizzie is not particularly perturbed. With deadlines to meet and book tours to attend, Lizzie has other distractions to concentrate on. But all in all, life is good. Life is very good.
Only, things are never quite as black and white as they seem…
A visit to her daughter in London leaves Lizzie troubled. Cassie is still the same incessant chattering Queen of malaprops and spoonerisms she ever was, however something is clouding her normally cheery disposition. Not to mention her extreme weight loss. And that is just the start. Add to that an unexpected visitor, a disturbing phone call, a son acting suspiciously, a run in with her ex husband and a new man in her life who quite simply takes her breath away; Lizzie quickly realises life is something that happens while plans are being made.
Harsh but tender, thought provoking but light-hearted, dark but brilliantly funny, this is a story of contemporary family life in all its 21st century glory. A story of mothers and sons, of fathers and daughters, of brothers and sisters, and friends. A tale of love and loss, of friendships and betrayals and a tale of coming of age and end of life. Nobody said it would be easy and as Lizzie knows only too well, life is never straightforward when you see all the colours in between.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is heart warming, heart breaking, growing up and leaving loved ones behind, this is family. I loved this book where I could recognise different members of my own family and no matter how old I get I still wing it, I just don’t know all the answers to life. All the Colours In Between is the second book in this series and although I am sure it could be enjoyed as a stand alone do read 183 Times a Year first.
The pace has increased in this book with Lizzie’s children and step child growing up and finding their own way in life but no matter how old your children get, they are still your children. It is just that their problems can’t always be made better with a kiss, cuddle and plaster anymore. Lizzie has to face some shocks in her own life and as her daughters and her come together each has to deal with their own paths in life, some from decisions they made themselves while others had no choice. It isn’t just facing their own problems but finding a way to be there for each other too and respecting their too.
Don’t get me wrong this is not a doom and gloom read, I smiled and giggled too but most of all it made me feel that my family is normal, ok probably an over exaggerated statement there but no family lives happy ever after. We just have celebrate the good and try to learn from the mistakes but always be there for each other. It is about talking to each other instead of second guessing, a time for little white lies in childhood when things are just so hard to deal with but learning to deal with the truth when there is no choice.
There is one thing for sure in this story I found so much that I could relate to beit family or relationships I and they had with other people. I even have a lump in my throat while I write this review. There is an emphasis on new life and death but of course there are All the Colours In Between.
A super second book from this author.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Eva is a published writer of several short stories and debut novel 183 Times A Year. Eva has always had a love of books and reading and really got the writing bug when she received a first for her dissertation, which looked at The People’s War during World War II, whilst studying for a degree in English and History. Eva lives in a small town in Cambridgeshire with partner Steve and three of our four children, who are a constant source of inspiration – they are all teenagers – need I say more! Eva’s career has been varied, including working in a Women’s Refuge and more recently at the city library. However storytelling through the art of writing is her true passion. As well as writing, Eva loves music and film, and of course to read, both fiction and non-fiction. Many writers are an inspiration, from Shakespeare, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens through to Joseph Conrad, Angela Carter, Sue Townsend, Stephen King-and recently writers like Anna McPartlin, Gillian Flynn and Louise Doughty. Eva enjoys stories that force the reader to observe the daily interactions of people with one another set against the social complexities of everyday life, be that through crime, love or comedy. It is the women in her life, including her mother, daughters and good friends that inspired Eva to write her debut novel, a modern day exploration of domestic love, hate, strength and friendship set amongst the thorny realities of today’s divided and extended families
BOOKS BY THIS AUTHOR
183 Times a Year