Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. - Book Review

Following her friend's sudden death in an airplane crash, Kate is surprised, honored and concerned when she learns that Elizabeth added an addendum to her will giving Kate the journals she has written during her life. Unsure what to do with them and upsetting her friend's husband who believes that he should be the one to keep the journals, Kate decides to spend her summer reading of Elizabeth's deepest thoughts on marriage and motherhood and answer questions to the mystery surrounding Elizabeth's final days.

Kate will discover that she really didn't know her friend as well as she thought and will be exposed as she sees herself through her friend's eyes.

Compelling and readable, The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. by Nichole Bernier introduces sympathetic and realistic characters who are struggling with their roles as mothers and wives and women in the frightening and turbulent post 9-11 world. As a mother, I recognized some of the same fears and concerns in myself. The novel  also delves into the themes of friendship and how we present ourselves to the world and the parts of ourselves that we keep hidden. It's about communication and the danger that keeping some secrets can destroy relationships and stagnates others.

This contemporary piece of literature is honest, passionate and timely from a debut author.

** I received a free copy of The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received. **

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