I love a good book and so do all of my children so I thought I would start a weekly bookclub post, to share some of my favourite books and some of the childrens favourites too. With an eclectic taste in fiction and with a broad age range of children I am sure we will have a book for you. This first post is part of the Tots 100 Bookclub and is by one of my favourite modern writers, Cecelia Ahern. Whilst the tag chicklit is quickly stuck to the cover of so many books written by female writers in the past decade, Cecelia Ahern's books do not fall into this category. I have read all of her novels at least once and I can assure you they are well written and have all made me stop and think, often in new ways. Her storylines are clever, her characters are thoughful and thought provoking, her writing may take you a little out of your comfort zone but I assure you that it is worth the journey.
For todays post I want to share my favourite of her books, A Place Called Here. The main female character, Sandy Shortt, has been a little lost in her own life, but refuses to admit it, as she is always on the hunt for lost things after her classmate went missing twenty years ago. Now as an adult she helps families whose loved ones have vanished try to track down the missing people. Meanwhile Jack Ruttle is desperate to find his brother, Donal, who disappeared a year ago and believes that Sandy will be the one to find him.
However life is never that simple and whilst Sandy starts her quest in her latest search, she herself goes missing. As if fallen down a rabbit hole, or more like through a hedge, Sandy has stumbled into a world where every lost item and person she has searched for in the past two decades now lives. Whilst this may seem like a crazy notion, Ahern writes in such a way to make it believable, allowing us to actually question if there is such a place. She made me question if such place exists and I truly believe there mucy be a place that has a whole bunch of Grant family odd socks and missing toys. But really this book has a much more serious message and tone in the fact that often we need to stop running away and see what it is that we really want. Yet Ahern writes in such a way that doesn't make the book seem gloomy, the story is incredibly well written, captivating her audience with the tale of Sandy and the lost souls.
The book continues as Sandy's constant seraching continues but this time it is her who is trying to find a way a home, to the loved ones and home she had spent years running away from. Will she manage to leave a place called Here? Well I will let you find out for yourselves!
Are you a Cecelia Ahern fan? Be sure to let me know which is your favourite or if you read A Place Called Here after reading my review, I would love to know what you think.
Have a lovely afternoon,