My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Date read: May 8 – 11, 2017
Traveling Sister Read Review by NORMA, LINDSAY and BRENDA!!
5 glowing stars for I LIKED MY LIFE as we all thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience of reading this wonderful novel – very impressive for a debut novel! It definitely lived up to all the ‘hype’!!!
Here is our very relatable and our “love of books” favourite quote: “Maddy was head down in a book later I learned that was the rule, not the exception — if Maddy wasn’t working she was reading!”
I LIKED MY LIFE by ABBY FABIASCHI is a touching, spectacular, and haunting but yet beautiful and honest portrayal of how one deals with death and loss. Although, the story does revolve around death, it wasn’t a depressing story at all. There is an enjoyable amount of witty humour, warmth, and wisdom that FABIASCHI incorporated into each of the characters’ dialogue and inner thoughts.
Maddy is thoughtful and devoted to her successful husband and wonderful daughter, who liked her life and has us wondering what drove her to her final moments.
Norma’s thoughts: One of the most enjoyable aspects of this storyline for me was that I perceived that Maddy’s character was a loving and nurturing ghost. Her spirit influences the characters in this book with “suggestive thoughts” to help guide her family through the pain and suffering of her death. The supernatural aspect of this novel is well interwoven and received which makes it feel quite natural and real as they struggle to find out the reasoning behind her death.
Brenda & Lindsay’s thoughts: While Brenda & Lindsay perceived Maddy more as an actual character who is not ready to leave her family as she watches over them and coaches them along through their grief. Maddy was the glue to their family and could really see how she was the bridge between Brady and Eve.
ABBY FABIASCHI delivers a unique story here with complex and sometimes unsympathetic characters that is told in alternating points of view of our equally loved three main characters Maddy, Brady, and Eve. We were rooting for a ‘happy ending’ for each of them.
Lindsay, personally felt a strong connection to Maddy especially through her experience of leaving a corporate job to become a stay-at-home mom.
We all absolutely LOVED the simple life lessons of “Maddy’s Truths” which were very relatable and refreshing!
It was a pleasure to have Linda join us in the conversation of this book. We all really enjoyed our conversation and sharing our thoughts on this one and it was interesting to see how we all unraveled the story. Norma right away forming her connections, Brenda not even close to it, Lindsay reading along with no expectations at all, and Linda picking up the theme of the novel early on.
We all highly recommend this incredible and highly enjoyable book and look forward to reading this author’s next novel!