Happy publication day to Rachel Burton! My thanks go to Rachel, and to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources (what a lot of Rachels) for inviting me to take part in the publication day activities, and for providing me with a copy of the book.
They say time can heal all wounds…
When Jess and Rupert parted ways, it was the end of a great love story that might have been. Now ten years later, the very different paths they have taken in life will bring them back together for a chance meeting.
But with so much left unsaid about the break up neither ever recovered from and with each keeping their own devastating secrets, will they finally be able to make the fractured pieces of their love for one another whole again?
You can purchase a copy of The Pieces of You and Me here.
When I first signed up for the publication day push for The Pieces of You and Me, I had no idea that the Jess, the main character, was an M.E. sufferer. As someone with fibromyalgia I felt instantly connected to the character, and what she was dealing with. Couple that with the fact that I am also the last of my school friends to be single, and that Jess is an author writing under a pen name, and I began to wonder if the author had actually been stalking me for the past few years! There was so much in the character of Jess that I could relate to, the fear of being a burden, of being scared of what the future held, that at times this could have been a difficult read for me. However, Rachel Burton handles this part of the story so gently that it in fact left me feeling hopeful.
Reading about Jess and Rupert growing up made me nostalgic for my own teenage years, where again Jess’s life seemed to parallel mine to a degree (seriously Rachel, how long have you been following me around?), with my girl friends and I attending the local state school, and our boy friends coming from a nearby private school. It brought back happy memories of long hot summers, and thinking that we would be friends forever.
As well as Jess’s M.E., The Pieces of You and Me also tackles the subject of mental health, but again in such a delicate, sensitive way that even though the situation is heartbreaking, you still come away feeling positive. It was great to read a book where although these issues are tackled, and clearly have an effect on every aspect of all the characters lives, the illness is not the main focus of the book. It isn’t an inspirational tale of self-discovery, it is simply a tale of a group of people dealing with the hand that life has given them and getting on with living that life the best way they can. I think this is so important to show – the fact that is no miracle cure of life-changing revelation, but at the same time, chronic illness doesn’t mean that your life is over.
Thank you so much Rachel for writing a book that shows that so much is still possible.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rachel Burton is the author of the international ebook bestseller The Many Colours of Us.
Rachel spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Yorkshire with her fiance and their three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes.
Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @bookish_yogi or follow her blog at rachelburtonwrites.com. She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday….