Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Julie's Review: The Book of Someday

Summary: Three women. One stranger in a shimmering silver dress. Whatever binds them together has already destroyed one life. It just might consume them all. Someday, Livvi Gray will break free from her past. Someday, she will escape her recurring nightmare about that stranger in a shimmering silver dress. Someday, she will have a family of her own. Now she's found Andrew, and someday seems to be right around the corner. But there's so much Livvi doesn't know. Shortly before her thirtieth birthday, she will come face-to-face with the stranger from her dream-an encounter that will alter Livvi's future and crack open everything she knew about her past. Livvi is swiftly moving toward the ultimate turning point in her life-and she's not the only one. Linked by an unforgettable mystery, photographer Micah and young mother AnnaLee are also being rapidly drawn into a web of devastating secrets about the unexpected ways in which we choose to protect-and betray-the people we love. ~amazon.com  

Review:  The Book of Someday is an exquisite novel that looks at how our past haunts us and then releases us. We are introduced to three women in the novel: Livvi, Micah and AnnaLee. Livvi opens the book as a young girl in fear of her father and yearning to be somewhere, anywhere else. Micah is a famous photographer who is going to have a bomb thrown in her lap that causes her to revisit her unpleasant past. AnnaLee is a young mother living in the house that she grew up in with the possessions that her parents collected and the fact that she's ashamed of husband.

Their stories will break your heart. They will make you want to release your past and embrace the present. They will make you wonder what happened and what will happen. Will Livvie face her dark past? Will Micah make peace with hers? Will AnnaLee accept her husband for who he is and isn't?

Ms. Dixon doesn't an excellent job of being ambiguous throughout the novel. She gives you enough of a path of crumbs to follow them to the connection but leaves out enough that you question your own theories. You wonder if the lady in the shimmering silver dress and pearl button shoes is mystical. What is her connection to all three of them? I loved the way that it was discovered.

My only complaint is the ending! I closed the book wanting more! What happened to them?! Did they find peace and happiness? I'm all about not having a neatly tied bow but wow! This book will have me thinking for weeks, maybe months.

If you are a fan of mysteries with a mystical bent, then The Book of Someday is for you. It is a book that makes you think, get a little misty-eyed and go WTH?!

Final Take:  4.75/5

Thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark for my copy of the novel for review.



Beth Hoffman September 3, 2013 at 12:25 PM  

Oh my goodness, Julie, your review totally hooked me. I'm adding this book to my list immediately.

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