This Is Us, a review by Shelley

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Helen McGinn

Boldwood Books
Publishing September 14th, 2022
273 pages

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I liked this book a lot. The characters were very relatable, the type of ladies I would like to be friends with. They really had each other’s backs and were so capable and independent. I love when books have strong female characters. I also liked how romance wasn’t automatically on tap for Stella, her separation was handled in such a realistic way and I was so rooting for her and her children. As much as I hated what Simon did to Stella and the business what he did to those poor kids was unforgivable.

The trip to Florence was my favourite section of the book. The food, art, wine, and architecture were described so brilliantly I felt like I was there. Italy is on my bucket list so I could have read a whole book about the trip alone. I found I even learned a little bit about wine and there were two mentioned that I really want to try now, namely Vernaccia di San Gimignano and Arneis. You could certainly tell that the author is very knowledgeable about wine.

I really appreciated the way the book ended as well. It was pretty realistic and didn’t end in some shmaltzy romantic way. Kudos to the author for that! Friendship is pretty central to this book and it was written in a really beautiful way. Even though the storyline is pretty dismal I found myself smiling while reading some parts and that’s exactly how life is, good parts and bad.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an Advance Readers Copy.

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