#BookReview of The Anniversary by Hilary Boyd @HilaryBoyd @Tr4cyF3nt0n @JennyPlatt90 @MichaelJBooks @PenguinUKBooks

Posted September 13, 2018 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 4 Comments

#BookReview of The Anniversary by Hilary Boyd @HilaryBoyd @Tr4cyF3nt0n @JennyPlatt90 @MichaelJBooks @PenguinUKBooks

The Anniversary by Hilary Boyd
Published by Penguin on September 20, 2018
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary
Pages: 416

A deeply emotional new novel from the bestselling author of Thursdays in the Park

Is the one you tried to forget the one you can't live without?

Stella once thought that if she never saw Jack again, it would be too soon.

But life has other plans for her and her stubborn, handsome ex-husband.

Looking after their daughter in a time of need, Stella finds herself unwillingly reunited with the man she shared the best years of her life with - followed by the worst.

Where tragedy once tore them apart, now Stella and Jack are being drawn back together. But each of them has a new partner and a new life.

Should they fight temptation?

Should the past remain the past?

Or are some loves simply meant to be?

I am writing this with the tears still fresh on my face as this book has just completely moved me. It is safe to say that when Hilary’s next book comes out in 2019 I will be the first person to want to read it and I need to catch up with her back catalogue!  I flew through this book today, I read a couple hundred pages without even realising it, I couldn’t put this down. An insight into this family, the “drama” unfolding, watching and waiting for the light to come to us. Psst, I loved all the mentions of Folkestone and Ashford considering I live right by there lol. 

With this book, I got the ending I wanted but the journey it took to get there was one of a heartbreak, and realisation that life is just too short. One of my favourite thing about this book was how it was not two twenty-somethings trying to resolve their life and find meaning. This was Stella and Jack, in their sixties! They were married before, and due to the most overwhelming soul destroying event that happened, they had to part ways not seeing each other for years. Then the summer when their daughter Eve was pregnant, needing her mother for the summer, Jack and Stella see each other. 

This book is a beautifully tragic story, I am still emotional! Life is just too short and this book proves it. This book is so character driven, mainly told from the point of view of Stella, but we do get glimpses of Eve and Jack too. We also have flashbacks to the past, when Stella and Jack were younger and in love.

I must admit I did not warm to Lisa,  nothing against her really but she is written this way. I did not want to like her, she was with Jack. I did not want her to be with Jack, but then I liked Iain who Stella was with. Crazy I know! 

Could their love survive another go?

There were times when I was shouting at the book! I was getting frustrated, why can’t things be so simple! Instead, the conversations were guarded, there was hostility, this was not the way it was meant to be! I love the simple life, why could they not! Other times I was cheering, things were going to (my) plan and it was perfect. A lot of the time, I was bawling my eyes out, how could Hilary do this to me! Yes me, I take it all personally lol. 

I love this book, and I urge all of you to read it, maybe have a couple of tissues with you. You are left with the warm fuzzy feelings, hope and a final acceptance of how life is and how it could be. 

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Thank you so much to Tracy at Compulsive Readers, Jenny at Penguin Random House and the author Hilary Boyd for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review*

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About Hilary Boyd

Boyd was born and spent the first six months of her life in Prestatyn, North Wales, where her father, an army major, was stationed after the war. She was later educated in London, then at the boarding school Roedean. She trained as a nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, and subsequently as a marriage guidance counsellor with Relate before reading English Literature at London University in her late 30s.

After college, Boyd became a health journalist, writing about depression, step-parenting and pregnancy. She began writing fiction as a hobby whilst raising three children and working at various day jobs including running a cancer charity, Survive Cancer, working for an engineering company, and an online vitamin site.

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4 responses to “#BookReview of The Anniversary by Hilary Boyd @HilaryBoyd @Tr4cyF3nt0n @JennyPlatt90 @MichaelJBooks @PenguinUKBooks

    • Zoe

      Looks like she’s done quite a few 😂 so a bit of reading to do lol it is such a nice change of pace and this book was so beautifully done