Friday, 14 August 2015

Silently Still by Julieanne Lynch

Book Blurb

Everyone is entitled to making their own choices in life, but a decision can make or break you. For Jacinta Kelly, hers came in the form of running away from everything that reminded her of her roots. 
Living in rural Ireland was hard enough, but living with her mother’s mental illness and her obsession with her garden took its toll.
One winter, the world as she knows it changes. Jacinta becomes aware of her own mortality, and how fragile her existence truly is. 
Alone and frightened; to live or die, the choice is hers.

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My Review

This book starts off with Jacinta in danger, then goes back in time to tell you of her difficult and heartbreaking childhood.

Jacinta's story is based in Ireland and I loved how the local dialect was used, it transported me to the place the book is based.

Some people have a tough life, Jacinta's most definitely is, she suffers tragedy early on in life which pushes her unstable mother over the edge. Jac does a great job in caring for her mother with strange ways and flip flopping moods. It all takes it toll on her and she has to find an outlet, in her case self harming.

Self harming is not nice, but needs to be bought to people's attention and I think the author touched on this well.

Jacs saving grace is her best friend, he was amazingly supportive and tried to be there as much as he could. She has other people in her life too, but I'm not doing spoilers. 

Jac is a strong characther, she deals with a tough life but finds time for fun. She will also stand up for herself, even if it gets her into trouble. 

The story is a drama/life story with romance. I really enjoyed reading it, I'd be willing something to happen one minute, next I'd be thinking noooo, then it would be that's sweet, then I'd be in tears again, it really put me through the ringer! 

This isn't a fluffy story, it has a lot of darkness in, like real life! Luckily the heroine was resilient.

The author has written a beautiful but traumatic book, you'll read it in one sitting if your lucky enough to have time. 

4.5 painfully beautiful stars 

**I was gifted a copy of this book for an honest review**

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