|Ivy and Abe: Elizabeth Enfield|
Imagine getting that second chance that people so often wish they'd been given? The chance to put things right. That big break. An opportunity to do things differently, choose the other path, seize that day. What would you change?
Ivy and Abe get to do just that. Childhood sweethearts who ended up spending decades apart, a chance encounter has them finding one another in later life and they soon wish to make up for lost time.
But, when their happy ending is cut short, all is not lost for Ivy and Abe. What if they could go back and live their story again? We dive in and out of their lives, picking up at different periods along the way; sometimes one or other is married, sometimes not. Were Ivy and Abe always destined to be together in the end?
I loved the concept of this book. It reminded me of one of my favourite films as a teen - Sliding Doors. That one moment being the deciding factor and allowing you to relive the "what may have been" option. We are presented with many alternative stories, possibilities and what could have happened with them.
Like I say, I enjoyed the concept. It's execution, however, fell a little flat for me. I don't know whether this is because our first encounter with Abe and Ivy is just so brief that I didn't get much of a sense of their characters, so didn't feel that connected to them, or whether I just wasn't that interested in their story, but I found myself getting a little lost between all of the different story reruns.
Have you read this? What did you think?