Wednesday, 28 June 2017

NEW RELEASE, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: The Weight of Life by Whitney Barbetti


“Don’t let go.” Those were my first words to him, as I hung over the side of a London bridge. The words I would soon say again, in a moment that didn’t involve bridges, but something much more fragile: my heart.

He held onto me for three weeks, in a time when I needed to be held. Needed to connect to someone who understood how loss tunneled unrepentantly through the fabric of your soul.

Although he said he'd stay, we both knew he wouldn't. I had already survived one loss—I didn't know if I'd survive another. 


She spun into my life like a tornado of smiles and chatter and everything else I'd long avoided, with a persistence that I admired, albeit begrudgingly. She broke down each neat wall I’d constructed without even trying. Her presence alone caused me to remember what it felt like to smile, to look forward to what the day would bring.

But it was only supposed to last three weeks.

“Don’t let go,” she’d pleaded.

I’d promised her I wouldn’t—but I would. I didn't have a choice.

Caroline's Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was a great slow-burn read.

“He tasted like heartbreak and hope, and my skin lit up with a thousand heat spots.”

Mila is in London for a month, working for her brother, and grieving a lost love. Ever the eternal optimist, she doesn’t let her bereavement define her or her days. A shocking incident brings her into contact with Ames. 

“I’d felt something deep within me shift – like it was making room, allowing feelings to bloom in the dead space inside my chest.”

Ames is taciturn, almost hostile, and reluctant where Mila is concerned. That’s because she threatens his peace of mind and in danger of rocking the status quo. He himself is still grieving a loss of his own, and bears responsibilities out of love and duty on his shoulders. He is just going through the motions, but Mila’s presence in his life brings colour and laughter, and evokes new feelings. 

“When I say you’re beautiful, that you smell like something as abstract and ridiculous as sunshine, that you absolutely dazzle me – I’m not saying that for any reason except to state a fact.”

I thought this was a moving novel, and I loved the story behind the title. I loved how Mila brought Ames back to life. I loved how Ames acted almost against his own volition but, once he opens himself up to new possibilities, he is welcoming and giving, and really quite romantic. 

A great story about love, loss, guilt, and healing. Definitely recommend.

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