Back with a review for a book released earlier this week. You can check the Book Blitz here. So here it goes:
Book Title: Following Evan
Author: Elida May
Three years on from the sudden death of her husband Matt and a subsequent miscarriage, interior designer Laura is still lost in grief, hiding out in the smart London townhouse that was going to be her family home. On the encouragement of her best friend Carla, she signs up to a dating website and receives a message from a mysterious stranger, imploring her to visit him in New York because he has seen her face in his dreams. Meanwhile, Laura visits an art gallery and is captivated by a painting of a beautiful woman in a flowing dress. It seems to be speaking directly to her, beckoning her to take a leap of faith. These seemingly disparate events lead Laura on an epic journey to the bustling streets of the Big Apple and the desert landscape of Wyoming, where the clues to her future happiness are waiting to be discovered…
This is one emotional story that should be read especially by those who’ve lost someone close. Every word written seems as if taken from one’s soul. I could feel all the pain that Laura felt, I could feel every decision she’s taken and her determination to start over, start living again. Big points to the author for that, I think she really did a great job at writing this book. You will be swimming in a sea of emotions and I do not overreact at all!
As for the story, I must admit at some point I was lost between Laura’s dreams and her illusions. There were moments in which I thought she was going crazy. Also there were some parts which weren’t necessary story-related, but could be used to define her as a character. Overall, I like the idea, I like how she manages to turn her life around and how she went searching for her happiness.
In my opinion, the author spent a lot of time building Laura as a character. She spent a lot of time developing all her feelings and building her a road to self-achievement (personal or professional). It can be easily seen that it is a book written with a lot of care and effort, so it deserves my 5 stars! Congratulations to the author for a great story!
About the Author:
Elida May was born in Albania in 1972. Growing up in a Communist country, where access to books was severely restricted, helped to nurture her love of the written word, and she avidly read whatever genre she could get hold of, including a lot of European literature.Today Elida lives in London with her son Elidon. Following Evan is her first novel, and she is currently working on her second, Diary of Michael Vica.