Book Review: Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Book synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage of Opposites and The Dovekeepers comes a soul-searching story about a young woman struggling to redefine herself and the power of love, family, and fate.

Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt.

What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls—including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.

Here is a character you will fall in love with, so believable and real and endearing, that she captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding yourself at last. For anyone who’s ever been a hurt teenager, for every mother of a daughter who has lost her way, Faithful is a roadmap.

Alice Hoffman’s “trademark alchemy” (USA TODAY) and her ability to write about the “delicate balance between the everyday world and the extraordinary” (WBUR) make this an unforgettable story. With beautifully crafted prose, Alice Hoffman spins hope from heartbreak in this profoundly moving novel.

My review:

I cried reading this book. Me, who is unemotional as a rock, cried while reading this book. The heartbreak that is portrayed is mind numbing but what rose from the ashes….well that was something special.

The writing was fantastic. I love a story where it draws you in and makes you feel for the character and this one does. I felt for Shelby. She was broken and she managed to piece herself together. Not perfect (like before) but perfect for her right then.

The ending really wasn’t what I was expecting but it went well with the book.

How many stars will I give Faithful? 5

Why? The book was wonderfully written with complex characters that got under your skin. You couldn’t help but care about these characters and weep over the backstories.

Will I reccomend Faithful to family and friends? Yes

Will I reread it? Yes

Age range? Because of some adult themes (there are several sex scenes, some foul language and one scene where Shelby gets punched in the face), I would reccomend it for adult only.

Where to buy this book:

Amazon:

This book will not be published until November 1st 2016 and it is available on pre order only.

Kindle

Hardcover

Audio CD

Disclaimer: I received Faithful by Alice Hoffman from Simon & Schuster for free for my honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are mine and mine alone.

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