Ronnie and Jake are twins – obviously not identical, but close as. They even have that twin intuition thing going on. Ronnie lives with her soon-to-be husband and new-born baby, and Jake is happily married with two daughters. One sunny April day, he hops onto somebody else’s motorbike to ride home when a horrific crash leaves him lying brain injured on the road. On hearing the news Ronnie rushes to Jake’s bedside. Having once been a physiotherapist, she knows it’s bad, and her life threatens to crack apart as she begs him to return to her.
Fifteen months later, it’s suggested by Jake’s wife that the two families go away to Brittany, France, on holiday. But surely, it’s too soon, thinks Ronnie. The tensions and events which follow threaten to rock both Ronnie’s marriage and her relationship with her sister-in-law, as she tries to reach Jake. And when secrets from their past begin to surface, will Ronnie seek comfort from another man? At the heart of it all is Jake, who is more than her brother, he is her twin. Once they floated side by side in their mother’s womb. Can Ronnie somehow remind him of the person he once was, or is he changed forever? The world turns with or without them, a butterfly flaps its wings, and only hummingbirds fly backwards.
I found this such a powerful and moving story that really makes you revaluate your life. More so that at the end of the story I read that the author Rosie went through a similar thing with her brother so it is written from experience and the heart. The story is centred around Ronnie and Jake who are twins, all grown up now and have their own lives they live, but one day their lives change forever when Jake is in a serious accident. Several months later Ronnie and her family go away on holiday with Jake and his family, Jake is not the man he used to be and has complications from being brain damaged. We see how Jake’s wife is coming to terms of her husband being the way he is with a head injury and how everyone is affected. It was a tough read but one that made me think about life and how precious it is. It is a very honest account of grief, loss, love and having acceptance.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
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Thank you so much for this lovely review. Rosemary Dun (aka Rosie Parker) xx
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