Zoë and her fiancé Paul had everything ahead of them. So when Paul dies suddenly, Zoë doesn’t recognise the life she’s left with. Helping a friend by housesitting for a stranger is the last thing she wants to do – but she can’t deny that she needs time away from the memories which crowd her flat. So, collecting the keys, Zoë lets herself into her temporary home.
…another one opens.
Surrounded by a stranger’s belongings – his toothbrush, his favourite records, the pictures on his walls – Zoë begins to build a picture of the flat’s owner, Neil, who is away in the military. Driven by a need to know more, Zoë begins writing to Neil and finds herself feeling an unlikely connection with him. But while some people are destined to share our lives forever, others are sent simply to help us on the way. And for Zoë, a new life is just beginning…
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I have been looking forward to reading Liesel Schmidt's debut novel Coming Home to You ever since I featured it in a debut spotlight feature last month so eagerly downloaded a review copy via NetGalley.
Zoe had her whole life to look forward to when her world came crashing down after the sudden and tragic death of her fiance Paul. Feeling lost and alone she's struggling to cope so when she's offered the opportunity to move out of town and housesit for a few months she decides to go for it as she's nothing left to lose...
This move triggers a series of events and emotions for Zoe as she begins to contemplate a new future for herself, a new town and a new job.
The premise of this story was one that I'm sure that most of us could relate to in one way or another, it might not necessarily be the loss of a partner but the loss of someone who has been a major influence in our lives. At first you cannot imagine what life will be like without them but by taking it one day at a time life does go on, and though they're never far from your thoughts, you are able to make it through and out the other side.
But there were a few minor things that niggled me a little, I know that this is a work of fiction so you can take creative license, but some of the things I was reading just seemed a little too unrealistic to me...but maybe that's just me and others might find them more believable.
Overall it was an enjoyable debut from Liesel so I'll definitely look out for more books from her in the future.