Tuesdays are one of my favorite days of the week because there are usually books to look forward being released and it’s usually my Friday! Unfortunately this week Tuesday isn’t my Friday but that’s okay because I can still drool over the books being released and talk about a book that I recently read. I would like to mention before I go further that I was given an advanced reading copy but my views are completely my own and not affected by being given a copy. So without further ado, let the ramblings begin!
This is the story of three people from completely different parts of the world who don’t appear to have much of a connection. Then as the story progresses, these three people aren’t quite so disconnected as it would seem.
Cecilie is a fairly content thirty year old woman living in Tromso Norway which is a small town that many flock to for the lure of seeing the Northern Lights and during the Summer it rarely gets dark due to being so close to the Arctic Circle. She divides most of her time between helping out at the library and waitressing at the Hjornekafe while her Mother is busy traveling the country and her brother are busy with his own life though he’s tried several times to get her to come work at the Hotel he’s in charge of. Whenever she feels low, she can usually count on her harp or best friend Grethe to cheer her up. Cecilie has a secret though and it’s breaking her heart knowing she can’t do much about it.
Hector is a young man living in Mexico who divides his time between his work as a cartoonist at his local newspaper, trying to stay out of trouble and also trying to keep up with his fiancee Pilar who is equal parts intense and dramatic. Hector feels it’s the right thing to marry his long time girlfriend even though his heart isn’t really into it. Instead of saying no when he should have after Pilar mentioned she would slit her wrists if Hector didn’t marry her, he decided to stay and stick it out. He also has a secret and his heart is really thousands of miles away with a young woman that he’s never met in person but has chatted with over the last several years and he was drawn to from the beginning. That young woman is Cecilie but for some reason can’t quite bring himself to leave Pilar and actually be happy.
Then there’s Kate who is an English woman living with three kids and a husband named George in Suffolk who would rather spend time at his office or watching t.v. than paying attention to his wife. To say Kate has been taken for granted is an understatement and when Kate finds out what her husband has been up to, he’s about to get a rude awakening. How Kate ties into the lives of Cecilie and Hector aren’t apparent at first but going further into the story, it is revealed that Kate once spent time with Hector whom she loved many years ago as a young woman in Mexico who was there to help out at a local orphanage. When she caught Hector making out with another girl, she decided to end her trip early and went home.
All three of these people are connected and over the years find a way to reconnect but in a variety of different ways. They all have been hurt and are trying to deal with difficult things in their lives. Sometimes the past has a way of showing up that can either be good, painful or a mixture of both. In this instance, it’s a mixture and it shows how some decisions can have last affects several years down the road.
This story also shows how powerful the lure someone can be even when they are thousands of miles away and how hard it can be to walk away even when trying to continue to connect can be just as painful.
I loved the descriptions of Norway particularly the area surrounded Tromso and would so love to be able to see such a beautiful place some day though I know it doesn’t usually get very warm but the Northern Lights would be well worth it.
I don’t think it was a good idea at all for Cecilie and Hector to keep up chatting especially once their romantic feelings came to the surface knowing that Hector was engaged to be married. I know it’s a heartache that many people have felt particularly being long distance and unsure if they will ever see that person they most want to be with. It’s such a tricky path to walk and so full of unexpected potholes that could leave both sides in a lot of pain.
Having read this book, I can understand why certain decisions were made and that Hector and Pilar really weren’t meant to be together. I am very happy though that Hector and Cecilia did realize what was really important and I was surprised by the ending. I’m so glad that things turned out the way they did and there was such a rollercoaster of feelings that this story brought out.
I could continue to ramble on about this story but I’d rather not give too much away for those who haven’t read it but are interested in checking the story out. If you enjoy reading about the beauty of Norway, the spice of Mexico and the power of love, you’ll enjoy this book. It truly is amazing what a random chat on the internet can sometimes turn into.
Well I hope you’ve enjoyed my bookish ramblings and it’s piqued your interest. Be sure to stop back in soon where I will be rambling about the next read and sharing my excitement. So until then, happy reading!
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