The Life You Left Behind by Debbie Howells
.ePUB, 311 pages
Expected Publication: 23 February 2022
By: Boldwood Books
About The Book:
One year ago Casey Cassidy was happy. She had great friends, a wonderful teaching job and a busy life - until with one missed flight, everything changes. One year later Casey knows what it means to find that once-in-a-lifetime love people dream of. But when Ben leaves, her heart is shattered. Left facing a year of firsts without him, piecing her life back together seems impossible. But then a friend offers her a home in rural France. In the solitude and emptiness, Casey needs to comes to terms with what’s happened and find a way to move forward. She has no idea where that will take her one year later.
Casey meets Ben at the airport when she forgets her passport. He decides to help a gal out and after their meet cute they form a romantic relationship. This story of love lost and found broke my heart. Told from Casey's point of view, with alternating chapters of before and after, I was invested in this story from get go.
The story was heartbreaking, romantic and uplifting all at the same time. This is Ms. Howells first foray into women's fiction and she hit it out of the park. It was so nice to be curled up with this one and taken to the French countryside while 60 cm (or 23 inches) of snow fell around me. I would also like to note that I had no idea what solastalgia or eco-grief was before reading this. It's nice to learn something while being entertained.
With many thanks to NetGalley, Debbie Howells and Boldwood Books for the giving of the ARC.